Metro Detroit General Information

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GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION This section was created to assist your efforts in using Metropolitan Detroit by providing information on our public services. Please feel free to contact any of the listed services for rate or schedule changes when assisting your clients.

TRANSPORTATION Airport Shuttle Commuter Transportation Company: Provides a shuttle to major downtown and suburban hotels to and from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Downtown fare: $7 one-way. Mon-Fri every hour on the half-hour 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; hourly 7-11 p.m.; Sat & Sun hourly 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Metropolitan Airport, Building 533, E. Service Drive, Romulus 48242. 1-800-351-5466

Bus:Dot (City of Detroit Department of Transportation): Provides bus transportation within the city of Detroit. Fare is $1, transfer is 10 cents. Call for bus schedules. 1301 E. Warren, Detroit 48207. 313-833-7692

Semta (Southeastern Michigan Transportation authority): Offers bus transportation to Metropolitan Detroit to and from the downtown area. Semta fare varies per zone traveled. Call for bus schedules. Handicap service is available. First National Building, 13th floor, 600 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48226. Seniors & Handicapped Information: 291-5100. General Information: 313-962-5515

Tunnel Bus: Provides public transportation between downtown Detroit and Windsor. The bus circles from the Renaissance Center up Jefferson Avenue, north on Woodward Avenue to Fort Street, then back through the Tunnel. Travelers can catch the shuttle at any designated "Tunnel Bus Stop" along this route. One-way fare: $1 (U.S. or Canadian). Daily, every 15 minutes 5:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Transit Windsor, 3700 E.C. Row, PO Box 36, Station A, Windsor, Ontario, Canada NOA 6J5. 519/944-4111

Dearborn Trolley: Hop aboard the bright red Dearborn Trolley for a fun and inexpensive ride to Dearborn's major hotels, shopping areas and the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village 50 cent fare. May-October, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 22264 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn 48124. 313- 274-6300

Detroit Trolley: Provides a fun way to get around the central downtown Detroit area. The trolley runs along Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue linking the Civic Center with a wide variety of downtown eateries, stores and business and government offices. 45 cent fare, senior citizens, free. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat & Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; summer weekends 10 a.m.-ll p.m.

People Mover: This elevated automated transit system circles Detroit's Central Business District. The system is accessible from 13 stations within the district. Call for scheduling and fee information. Detroit Transportation Corporation, 150 Michigan Avenue, Detroit 4B226. 313-224-0657

People Mover Stations: 1. Millender Center 2. Renaissance Center 3. Beaubien & Fort Street in Bricktown 4. Trappers Alley in Greektown 5. Cadillac Center/Gratiot and Farmer Streets 6. Broadway and Randolph, John R & Farmer Streets 7. Grand Circus Park/David Whitney Building 8. Times Square on Washington Boulevard 9. Michigan Avenue at Cass Avenue 10. Fort Street & Cass Avenue/Fort Street Presbyterian Church 11. Cobo Hall/Washington Boulevard at E Jefferson Avenue 12. Joe Louis Arena/Atwater Street at Third Avenue 13. Financial District/ Larned at Griswold

Taxi Service.: Metropolitan Detroit has 1,310 cabs to take you where you want to go. Rates are 90 cents for the first one-ninth of a mile and 10 cents for each additional one-ninth of a mile. In heavy traffic the meter converts to a time charge at the waiting rate of $10 per hour. Taxi service is available outside all major hotels in downtown Detroit and at the Greyhound bus station. Outside the city limits a taxi is just a phone call and about 10 minutes away. Checker Cab Company 2128 Trumbull, Detroit 48216. 313-963-5653

Lorraine Cab Company 15100 W. Warren, Dearborn. 48225 313-582-6900

Metropolitan Taxicab Association 2128 Trumbull, Detroit 48226. 313-963-5956

BANKING HOURS: Normal banking hours in metro Detroit are Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. and Fri until 5 p.m. Drive-in window service available mid-day Sat. Custom banking services are available to international travelers.

FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE: Canadian dollars can be exchanged at any bank office in metro Detroit. Other foreign currency can be immediately exchanged at a main bank office in downtown Detroit. Branch offices will need advance notice of 5 business days to complete the exchange transaction of any foreign currency other than Canadian.

POSTAL SERVICE: Post Office hours are Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat 8 a.m. - noon. The General Post Office located at 1401 W. Fort at 8th Street in the downtown area is open until 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. American postage must be used on all mail posted from America.

HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS: Metro Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 313-259-4333 Detroit Visitors Information Center - Downtown Detroit Jefferson Avenue near Ford Auditorium 7 days a week 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 313-567-1170 Emergency Medical & Police 24 hour service-911