Detroit Transportation Corporation: Profile & Mission

Our Mission

The Mission of the Detroit Transportation Corporation is to provide safe, reliable, efficient and accessible rail transportation services that will serve to enhance business development and quality of life functions in Detroit by augmenting pedestrian travel and by supporting both private conveyances and other modes of public transportation.

Company Profile

The Detroit Transportation Corporation, City of Detroit, is owner and operator of the Detroit People Mover and agency for the Transit Police. The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is a fully automated light rail system that was developed as part of a planned regional transit system. The People Mover operates on an elevated single track loop in Detroit’s central business district. The 2.9 mile system provides connections between the courts and administrative offices of several levels of government, sports arenas, exhibition centers, major hotels, and commercial, banking and retail districts. Service is frequent, unencumbered by vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and conveniently available throughout the central business district. The integration of eight of the thirteen People Mover stations into pre-existing structures links over 9 million square feet that can be traversed unimpeded by outside elements.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Detroit People Mover reopened on May 20, 2022 after a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, with eight stations and an abbreviated service schedule. The public received free fare through October 30, 2022, with paid fare resuming on October 31, 2022.  Adjusted weekday operating hours are 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m, with an extension to 12 a.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Early openings and extensions of evening hours are provided to accommodate sports events, major conventions and other special events taking place in the Central Business District. Round trip on the system is approximately 15 minutes and headway ranges from 7 to 9 minutes. Average dwell at each station is 20 seconds.

The DTC fleet consists of eleven driverless vehicles that are fully automated and computer-controlled. The vehicles are each powered by a linear induction motor that can provide a maximum velocity of 56 mph. Vehicles and stations are handicapped accessible and each vehicle has two wheelchair securement positions. Vehicles are also equipped with a climate control system that provides maximum passenger comfort from outside temperatures that can have a seasonal range from sub-zero to 100 plus degrees.

Standard People Mover fare is $.75 and can be paid by U.S. coins, People Mover tokens and by monthly, semi-annual, annual and special event passes. All stations are equipped with automatic turnstiles and disability accessible gates. Persons with disabilities, Medicare card holders and the elderly are eligible for discounted (50%) passes and tokens.

DPM System employees and contractors, managers and personnel are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of DPM staff, patrons, property, and the general public. Detroit People Mover Transit Police officers and local agency security also patrol trains and pay regular visits to all stations. All stations are well lit and monitored by closed-circuit television cameras on platforms, fare gates and at station entrances.

Key Management:

Michael Duggan, Mayor

Robert Cramer, General Manager

Ernest Latham Jr., Deputy General Manager


Board of Directors:

G. Michael Staley, Vice Chairperson

John Naglick, Secretary/Treasurer

Hon. Mary Sheffield

Luke Polcyn

Hilarie Chambers

Pursuant to the provision of Act 267 of the Michigan Public Acts, as Amended, notice is hereby given of a special
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Transportation Corporation.


Board Meetings:

Detroit Transportation Corporation (DTC), which is a public body corporate, is authorized to post a Notice of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Transportation Corporation. The Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) at the Detroit Transportation Corporation Conference Room, Buhl Building, 535 Griswold, Suite 400, Detroit, Michigan 48226 or via Zoom Conference (unless otherwise noted). 

Members and the public are able to participate in DTC Board Meetings, which are currently held bi-monthly or by rescheduled session where a quorum is met. 

Virtual attendance is strongly encouraged, and full public participation is still available via Zoom. All physically present at board meetings must adhere to the following:

• Masks are recommended in indoor public transportation settings and encouraged. Please respect anyone needing or choosing to wear one.

• People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should attend virtually. Links will be provided for each meeting 


2023 Meeting Dates:

DPM Board of Directors Meeting Dates
January 26, 2023 3:30 PM Eastern Time
March 16, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to April)
April 6, 2023 Rescheduled to April 27
April 27, 2023 4:00 PM Eastern Time
May 25, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to July)
July 19, 2023 3:30 PM Eastern Time
August 31, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to September)
September 6, 2023 2:00 PM Eastern Time
October 24, 2023 3:00 PM Eastern Time
November 16, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to December)
December 12, 2023 3:00 PM Eastern Time

DTC Board of Directors Meeting - Oct 24, 2023 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada).

Click on the Agenda for September's Approved Meeting Minutes or download the PDF document below.

Oct. 24 DTC Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

November 16, 2023 Canceled; Agenda Moved to December 12 Meeting

December 12, 2023

DTC Board of Directors Meeting - Dec 12, 2023 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 824 9517 0399

Passcode: 922341

Members of the public are also invited to participate during each meeting's Public Comment period, which will proceed as follows:

All comments will be limited to 5 minutes per person. Kindly state your name and area of residence.

Public comments will be received from 1) Members of the public who attend in person; 2) Members of the public attending virtually; and 3) Members of the public who submit written comment(s) by email to:

If you experience difficulty in accessing the virtual session, please call (313) 224-2160 for assistance. 

Directory of Divisions:

Marketing Communications
Human Resources

Industry Associations:

American Public Transportation Association
Detroit-Department of Transportation
Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau
Federal Transit Administration
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Public Transit Association
Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments
Transit Labor Exchange
United States Department of Transportation