DDOT Opens Michigan’s Largest Transit Center Rosa Parks Center Provides Multiple Options for Riders
Mayor Dave Bing and other dignitaries will dedicate the $22.5 million Rosa Parks Transit Center, the State’s largest intermodal transit center on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 10 a.m.
The center is a three-story, 25,700 square-foot facility located on the corner of Cass and Michigan that will serve passengers riding DDOT, SMART, Transit Windsor buses and the Detroit People Mover. The $22.5 million project was funded with federal and state grants.
“I am proud that the largest intermodal transit center in Michigan is opening right here in Detroit. This transit hub is an essential element for sustaining downtown business in this changing economy,” said Bing. “I am also excited that we are dedicating this transit center in honor of Rosa Parks, one of Detroit’s most honored citizens.
Mayor Bing will join other dignitaries in the unveiling of a custom-designed bronze plaque honoring Rosa Parks to be mounted in the lobby of the center.
Ms. Parks is known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” because her arrest in December 1955 for refusing to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white passenger sparked the Montgomery, AL bus boycott, one of the landmark moments in the Civil Rights movement. She moved to Detroit in 1957 and lived here until her death in October 2005.
“This new indoor, customer-focused transit facility will change how we serve our customers. By providing a single transfer point for downtown commuters we are adding value to the service we provide,” said DDOT interim director, Lovevett Williams.
From the new transit center DDOT bus riders will be able to make connections to 21 DDOT routes at a single downtown transfer center. Transit center riders will be able to access the Chene, Fort, Grand River, Jefferson, Joy Road, Linwood, Mack, Oakland, Michigan, Russell, Van Dyke, Cadillac/Harper, Hamilton and Plymouth routes.
“The transit center will provide access to bus services like never before”, said Williams. “They will be able to easily transfer to DDOT, SMART, Transit Windsor tunnel buses and Detroit People Mover.”
To assist on-street riders during the transition from Capitol Park to the Rosa Parks Transit Center from July 7 to July 17, DDOT’s Transit Ambassadors are staged at various locations. They are readily available and assigned throughout the downtown locations (Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, and the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center), as well as other heavily-traveled service areas. The ambassadors are easily identified, as they will be wearing bright yellow vests emblazoned with DDOT’s logo.
In commemoration of the dedication, there will be a special showing of an exhibit on loan from the Detroit Public Library (DPL) entitled: A Visual Tribute to Rosa Parks. The dynamic photos and memorabilia chronicle the “mother of the modern day Civil Rights Movement.” The display is a collection of works from both the DPL’s Burton Historical Collection and the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development.
The exhibit room will also feature historic DDOT artifacts and photos showing the department’s progress through the years. The exhibit will be available for viewing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 14, 2009 through August 14, 2009.intermodal center provides a covered outdoor facility with 15 bus bays, and a two-bay taxi stand. The three-story building will house a climate-controlled waiting area, restrooms, transit services, retail space and transit police offices. DDOT anticipates the majority of its traffic flow will come during the week day as commuters flow into the downtown business district. However, the center will operate for 24-hours, seven-days per week to accommodate riders that require non-peak or night-time travel.
The state-of-the-art center is also equipped to interface with DDOT’s Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, which will allow passengers to view route performance information, in real-time, on display monitors. This technology estimates and displays the arrival time of buses similar to the monitors at airport terminals that show flight arrival times. The center has wireless internet access as well.
Already a recognizable fixture on the downtown Detroit skyline, the transit center’s most distinctive feature is a tensile fabric roof that covers the concourse and bus way. The sail-like canopy design, most recently used along the Detroit riverfront, will provide riders cover from inclement weather, while letting in natural light.
Parsons Brinckeroff Michigan, Inc. (PB) was responsible for conceptual and final design and DeMaria Construction Company served as general contractor for the project.
The Detroit Department of Transportation is the first city-owned public transit system in the country. The Department currently has 480 coaches that provide 37.8 million passenger trips annually and is the state’s largest transit carrier.