Detroit Downtown on The People Mover

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    09 May 2017
    Clock 15min      Length3mi
    4 ratings


    Detroit Downtown on The People Mover

    Welcome to this tour along The Detroit People Mover, our mostly useless, rarely enjoyed, and affordably cheap public transit system. My name's Bailey, and I'll be your guide.

    First, let's make sure you're in the right place. You should be standing in front of the Astoria Pastry Shop, on Monroe Avenue. Astoria is beloved for their coveted baklava. It’s a Mediterranean dessert made of delicate layers of phyllo dough that are filled with chopped pistachios or walnuts and dipped in honey. The shop boasts over 100 varieties of classic Greek desserts, and is excellent for a morning muffin or a late night sweet tooth. They also serve coffee and tea, so you can stop in for a cuppa before we head off. Since the Teftsis family opened its doors in 1971, it’s proudly held a spot on the list of Detroit’s best bakeries.


    The People Mover is a driverless rapid transit system that travels a 2.9 mile one-way loop through the heart of the City on a fully-automated track. The total round trip time is only 14 minutes - so let's be honest, you’re not going that far. There are 13 stations included on the loop and this tour will take you to each of them and return back here. Your ride will cost you just 75 cents a person, and whether you’re a local or visitor, it’s a great way to learn about the rich history of Detroit’s downtown. The People Mover provided 2,413,414, rides in 2015. That number is expected to grow as the Detroit light rail, called the Q-line, enters into service connecting the People Mover uptown in the summer of 2017.

    Growing up in Detroit we didn’t use the People Mover very often. It really doesn't go to enough places to warrant the ride. But every now and then my mom would get us tickets to a play at Orchestra Hall, or a hockey game at Joe Louis arena, and we’d hop on and cruise above the city, away from our family car and towards the night's big adventure. As an adult I have happy memories of running after my sister to catch the car before it left the station, her pulling the ever-present ride tokens out of her wallet to pay our fare, on our way to some concert or another.

    [1.5 SECOND PAUSE]

    Okay, let's get moving. Turn so that Astoria is on your left-hand side and start making your way up the street.

    VoiceMap uses GPS to pinpoint your location and trigger the relevant audio. This means you can put your phone away now and relax. I will tell you where to go.