Downtown parking and shuttles on Thanksgiving Day

Traffic for America's Thanksgiving Parade and Detroit Lions

Published On: Nov 22 2011 02:42:09 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2012 10:48:16 AM EST
DETROIT -

Traffic 101 to make your trip in and out of Downtown Detroit a smooth one on Thanksgiving Day.

Parking:

The Detroit Municipal Parking Department (MPD) recommends the following facilities for the America’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Fifth Third Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 22.

FacilityLocationHoursRate
Cadillac Farmer Lot1025 Farmer6am - 6pm$10
Ford Underground Garage30 E. Jefferson5am - 2pm$10
Joe Louis Arena Garage900 W. Jefferson4:30am - 1pm$5

                  

In addition, the following facilities are recommended for the Detroit Lions’ game:

FacilityLocationHoursRate
Eastern Market Garage2727 Riopelle6am - 6pm$15
Grand Circus Park Garage1600-01 Woodward6am – close*$20
Premier Underground Garage1206-08 Woodward24 hours$10

 *Closes 2 hours after Lions’ game ends

MPD officials recommend that motorists arrive early to avoid street closures.  For more information on parking facilities and a location map, visit www.detroitmi.gov/parkingor call (313) 221-2500.

Park & Ride Shuttles:

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:

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.

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:

 

DDOT Services:

DDOT is providing extra bus service on Grand River, Gratiot and Woodward routes. However as a result of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, bus passengers can expect delays due to street closures onWoodward 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.

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

     Route Number and NameLayover Location (during Parade)
#  7 – Cadillac-HarperChrysler Svc. Dr. to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River, to RPTC
#10 – CheneChrysler Svc. Dr to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River to RPTC
#16 – DexterCass to Grand River to RPTC
#18 – FenkellCass to Grand River to RPTC   
#23 – HamiltonCass to Grand River to RPTC
#25 – JeffersonChrysler Svc. Dr. to I-375, to Fisher to Grand River, to RPTC
#31 – MackChrysler Svc. Dr. to Warren, to Cass, to Grand River, to RPTC
#34 – GratiotFisher Fwy to Grand River, to Cass & Clifford
#48 – Van DykeChrysler 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 – WoodwardWest 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. For more information visit www.RideDetroitTransit.com