Trui Moerkerke is a Belgian journalist who moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family in the Summer of 2016. She decided to make the most of the waiting-for-the work-permit-time. She is fascinated with Detroit and studied to become a tour guide. There is so much to see, so much to tell. As a journalist and former editor, Trui knows a thing or two about storytelling. Trui is still writing for Belgian magazines and newspapers and she founded A Dose of Detroit. She's ready to take you on a guided tour in this amazing city (in Dutch, French and English).
The Detroit People Mover is an elevated and automated rail service going in a circle around downtown. The DPM loop is 2.9 miles long (4,6 km), has 13 stations and it takes about 15 minutes to complete the whole tour.
You can’t say that the Detroit People Mover is a solution for the public transport problem in the city, but it’s great for tourists. A ride on the DPM, 45 feet or 13 meters above street level, offers panoramic views on the Detroit Riverfront and gives you a close look at the architectural gems downtown.
Every station of the DPM has excellent artwork, mostly tile murals and sculptures, thanks to the Downtown Detroit People Mover Art Commission. This is an old promotional video on the artwork: the DPM is running counter-clockwise, that changed in 2008 and since then the DPM runs clockwise, shortening the time for a complete loop.
The Detroit People Mover began operation in July 1987. Initially, it was planned as part of a citywide light rail transport system, but due to a lack of funding, the project was scaled back. Finally, since 2017 you can connect easily from the DPM to The QLINE, a streetcar on Woodward Avenue. It is a 6.6 miles (10,6 km) loop, through Downtown and Midtown to the North End. The QLINE brings you the museums in Midtown and to the Amtrak-station and Fisher Building. A ride on the QLINE will cost you $1.50, a day pass $3.00.