Detroit People Mover

While in Detroit, we encourage you to use the Detroit People Mover for easy, free, transportation around the business district.

What is the Detroit People Mover (DPM)?
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, with one stop conveniently located near the RenCen.

The fleet consists of 11 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.

What are the service hours?
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. We encourage those interested in using the DPM system to consult the website to ensure stations are functioning normally. Click here to access the DPM site.

What is the cost to ride the DPM?
Effective January 2, 2024: customers may ride the Detroit People Mover free-of-charge. The system will be operating under a Zero-Fare Pilot Program throughout 2024. Passengers will not require money or a pass to ride.

Image courtesy of the Detroit People Mover website.