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DDOT OFFERS PARK AND RIDE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE TO AMERICA’S THANKSGIVING PARADE Transportation Department Announces Bus Reroutes

11/17/2011
Detroit News

Park your vehicles and ride a Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) shuttle bus to America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, Nov. 24, starting at 7 a.m.  Riding a DDOT shuttle will ease the stress of heavy traffic delays and eliminate costly parking fees.

The bus fare is:

  • Adult: $2 each way
  • Youth: (18 years and under) - $1 each way
  • Children: (under age 5 or 44 inches tall) - Free (limit three, accompanied by an adult)

Please note that discount fares do not apply to shuttle service, and bus drivers cannot provide change. Therefore, riders must insert the exact amount in the farebox.
Individuals can board the shuttles at any of the three Park and Ride locations, where parking is free.

  • Eastland Mall (Beaconsfield entrance) - Park on the lot between Sections 5 & 8; shuttle arrives downtown at Library between Gratiot and Grand River.
  • Fairlane Mall Park south of DDOT’s loading zone; shuttle arrives downtown at Adams Street at Clifford
  • Northland Mall (Greenfield entrance) - Park at Lot G; shuttle arrives downtown at Adams Street at Clifford.
  • Staff will be present at the mall locations to provide assistance as needed. The shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes at all mall locations as follows:
  • Start Time:   7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Return Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additionally, DDOT is providing extra bus service on Grand River, Gratiot and Woodward routes.

PRE-THANKSGIVING DAY REROUTES (beginning November 23):
As a result of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, bus passengers can expect delays due to street closures on Woodward Avenue, between Warren and Jefferson Avenues, beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Several DDOT routes will be affected by the street closures on Wednesday and Thursday. Please note that DDOT coaches will be allowed to proceed through the road closures until total closure takes place on Thursday, Nov. 24.

On Thursday, Nov. 24 between 7:30 and 10 a.m., during the Turkey Trot only, reroutes will occur on the following routes:

#19 Fort (E. of West Grand Blvd.)
Inbound: Route will travel on W. Grand Blvd. to W. Vernor, to Fisher, to Grand River
Outbound: Route will travel from the Rosa Parks Transit Center (RPTC) to Grand River, to Fisher, to 14th, to W. Vernor, to W. Grand Blvd. (north of Fort)

#27 Joy (South of Michigan Ave.)
Inbound: Route will travel on W. Vernor, to Fisher Fwy., to Grand River
Outbound: Route will travel from the RPTC to Grand River, to Fisher, to 14th, to Vernor, to W. Grand Blvd.

#29 Linwood (South of Grand River)
Inbound: Route will travel along Grand River east of Trumbull
Outbound: Route will travel from the RPTC to Grand River east of Trumbull

#37 Michigan (East of 14th)
Inbound: Route will travel on Fisher Fwy. to Grand River
Outbound: Route will travel from the RPTC to Grand River, to Fisher Fwy., to 14th, to Michigan.

All rerouted buses will travel to the Rosa Parks Transit Center. In addition, Thursday’s reroutes (during the Parade) include the following:

Route Number Name and Layover Location (during Parade)
# 7 – Cadillac-Harper  Chrysler Svc. Dr. to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River, to RPTC
#10 – Chene  Chrysler Svc. Dr to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River to RPTC
#16 – Dexter  Cass to Grand River to RPTC
#18 – Fenkell  Cass to Grand River to RPTC   
#23 – Hamilton  Cass to Grand River to RPTC
#25 – Jefferson  Chrysler Svc. Dr. to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River, to RPTC
#31 – Mack  Chrysler Svc. Dr. to Warren, to Cass, to Grand River, to RPTC
#34 – Gratiot  Fisher Fwy to Grand River, to Cass & Clifford
#48 – Van Dyke  Chrysler Svc. Dr. to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River to RPTC
#49 – Vernor (Eastbound)  14th to Fisher, to Grand River, to RPTC
#49 – Vernor (Westbound)  Fisher Fwy to Grand River, to RPTC
#53 – Woodward    West on W. Warren to Cass, to Grand River to RPTC

Outbound travel from the RPTC will follow a reverse traffic pattern that is similar to the inbound reroute. Passengers may board coaches at any bus stop along the reroute.

DDOT will operate a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day for all regular routes at regular fares.

All DDOT administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2011 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  For more information, please call DDOT’s Customer Service Office at (313) 933-1300 or visit www.RideDetroitTransit.com.