Take a Ride to the Auto Show in an Iconic Autonomous Vehicle

Iconic Autonomous Vehicle

Your Way to the Auto Show…On The Detroit People Mover

Heard the buzz? The 2018 North American International Auto Show is the best yet. With a fabulous downtown Detroit waiting for exploration, how can you not take in all of the new places and sights while you’re here – and once you’ve parked the car, the Detroit People Mover is the most convenient, cost-friendly and quickest option!

So here’s what you need to know:

When to Go

Early risers can get started with us – the Auto Show opens at 9:00 a.m. and during the show we’re running at 6:30 AM on the weekdays and 8:00 AM on the weekends.  All 13 stations are open, and don’t forget that children ages 5 and under ride free.

2018 Auto Show Operating Hours:
Monday-Thursday  6:30 a.m. –  Midnight
Friday Jan. 19 – Charity Preview  6:30 a.m.- 2:30 a.m.   Jan. 26, 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m
Saturdays   8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sundays  8:00 a.m. – Midnight


Where to Park

Maybe you haven’t selected a station yet – first parking the car is the priority. Please note that the City of Detroit is enforcing No Parking, Tow Zone and No Standing Zones from noon-10 p.m. from Jan. 20-28 on these streets:

  • Congress from Woodward to Third
  • Shelby and Griswold from Jefferson to Fort Street
  • Larned from Washington Blvd. to Woodward
  • Washington Blvd. from Congress to Michigan
  • Cass from Congress to Fort Street
  • Fort Street between Griswold and Third
  • Jefferson Avenue from Randolph to Washington Blvd.


The great news is convenient, accessible parking can be found. City facilities offer reasonable options (below) or you can find available lots and pricing at detroit.bestparking.com.
1. Ford Underground Garage Monday – Sunday (6 a.m. – midnight) $15
30 E. Jefferson
2. Grand Circus Park Garage* Monday – Sunday (24 hours) $5 every 2 hrs.
1600-01 Woodward Ave. $15 maximum
3. Millennium Garage Monday-Sunday (24 hours) $20
432 W. Congress
*Denotes facility is located near People Mover Station

Also consider connecting with public transit.  The People Mover will still get you directly into Cobo Center, but there are various options for travel downtown.  DDOT buses converge at the Rosa Parks Transit Center (Times Square Station), or travel from Midtown, cross the street and board the People Mover from the QLine (at Grand Circus Park, Cadillac Center or Financial District Stations).  Also SMART Bus’ new FAST Michigan drop you near People Mover stations on routes to/from Downtown: Troy to Downtown (FAST Woodward ), Airport to Downtown (FAST Michigan) and Mt. Clemens to Downtown (FAST Gratiot).


What to Do
From having an amazing meal or quick bite to lights and shopping or a night out, the People Mover’s Events Calendar gives you the scoop on everything happening downtown. There are sports, shows and strolling fun to be had. Let the planning begin (the closest station here):
Jan. 19-27 / Holiday Lights @ Beacon Park (Times Square Station)
Jan. 19 / Pistons v. Wizards @ LCA + VodkaVodka @ The Fillmore (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 20 / Tigers Winter Caravan @ the Auto Show (Cobo) + Wings v. Hurricanes @ LCA (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 21 / Pistons v. Nets @ LCA (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 22 / Shakira @ LCA (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 23 / Wings v. Flyers @ LCA + 2CELLOS @ Fox (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 24 / Education Day @ the Auto Show (Cobo) + Pistons v. Jazz @ LCA + Fetty Wap @ St. Andrews (Bricktown)
Jan. 25 / Sesame Street Live @ Fox + Wings v. Blackhawks @ LCA
Jan. 26 / Family Day @ the Auto Show (Cobo) + Meridian Winter Blast @ Campus Martius (Cadillac) + Sesame Street Live @ Fox & Jacob Sartorius @ the Fillmore (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 27 / Meridian Winter Blast @ Campus Martius (Cadillac) + TigerFest @ Comerica Park; Sesame Street Live @ the Fox & Pistons v. Thunder @ LCA (Grand Circus Park)
Jan. 28 / Meridian Winter Blast @ Campus Martius (Cadillac) + PuppetArt’s Oh, Ananse! @ the Music Hall (Broadway) + Sesame Street Live @ the Fox (Grand Circus Park)

Also get your shopping fix on Woodward Ave., some very cool pop-up shops at 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square or Capitol Park. Painting with a Twist is also stretching canvases on Washington Blvd. Our Station Guide can tell you everything – pick one up at a station or on a train.

Where to Eat
Did you know there are restaurants for every taste? If you haven’t traveled downtown in the last year, guess what we have:
Burgers: Wahlburgers / Shake Shack / Five Guys / Basement Burger Bar / Anchor Bar

Arcades: Pop + Offworld / Ready Player One

Major Chains: Buffalo Wild Wings / Giordano’s Chicago / Pizza Papalis / Granite City / Subway / Domino’s / Jimmy John’s

Fine Dining: Roast / Townhouse / Caucus Club / Prime + Proper Steakhouse / Parc / The Apparatus Room / Texas de Brazil / Andiamo Riverfront / London Chop House

Come ride with us – you’ll have a great time!

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