Detroit Transportation Corporation: Profile & Mission

Our Mission

The Mission of the Detroit Transportation Corporation is to provide safe, reliable, efficient and accessible rail transportation services that will serve to enhance business development and quality of life functions in Detroit by augmenting pedestrian travel and by supporting both private conveyances and other modes of public transportation.

Company Profile

The Detroit Transportation Corporation, City of Detroit, is owner and operator of the Detroit People Mover and agency for the Transit Police. 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. The integration of eight of the thirteen People Mover stations into pre-existing structures links over 9 million square feet that can be traversed unimpeded by outside elements.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Detroit People Mover reopened on May 20, 2022 after a two-year pandemic-related hiatus, with eight stations and an abbreviated service schedule. The public received free fare through October 30, 2022, with paid fare resuming on October 31, 2022.  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 and headway ranges from 7 to 9 minutes. Average dwell at each station is 20 seconds.

The DTC fleet consists of eleven 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.

All stations are equipped with automatic turnstiles and disability accessible gates. Effective January 2, 2024, the Detroit People Mover launched a Zero Fare Pilot program; patrons can ride for free during 2024. 

DPM System employees and contractors, managers and personnel are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of DPM staff, patrons, property, and the general public. Detroit People Mover Transit Police officers and local agency security also patrol trains and pay regular visits to all stations. All stations are well lit and monitored by closed-circuit television cameras on platforms, fare gates and at station entrances.

Key Management:

Michael Duggan, Mayor

Robert Cramer, General Manager

Ernest Latham Jr., Deputy General Manager


Board of Directors:

G. Michael Staley, Vice Chairperson

John Naglick, Secretary/Treasurer

Hon. Mary Sheffield

Luke Polcyn

Hilarie Chambers

Pursuant to the provision of Act 267 of the Michigan Public Acts, as Amended, notice is hereby given of a special 
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Transportation Corporation.


Board Meetings:

Detroit Transportation Corporation (DTC), which is a public body corporate, is authorized to post a Notice of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Transportation Corporation. The Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) at the Detroit Transportation Corporation Conference Room, Buhl Building, 535 Griswold, Suite 400, Detroit, Michigan 48226 or via Zoom Conference (unless otherwise noted). 

Members and the public are able to participate in DTC Board Meetings, which are currently held bi-monthly or by rescheduled session where a quorum is met. 

Virtual attendance is strongly encouraged, and full public participation is still available via Zoom. All physically present at board meetings must adhere to the following:

• Masks are recommended in indoor public transportation settings and encouraged. Please respect anyone needing or choosing to wear one.

• People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should attend virtually. Links will be provided for each meeting 


DTC Board of Directors Meeting

March 28,  2024 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2024 DTC Board of Directors Meeting Dates
January 25, 20243:00 PM  Eastern Time                
February 22, 2024  Changed to February 20, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time      3:00 PM EST
March 28, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time     
April 25, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time     
May 23, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time         
June 27, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time  
July 25, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time  
August 22, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time  
September 26, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time    
October 24, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time  
November 21, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time     
December 19, 20244:00 PM  Eastern Time      



2023 Meeting Dates:

DPM Board of Directors Meeting Dates
January 26, 2023 3:30 PM Eastern Time
March 16, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to April)
April 6, 2023 Rescheduled to April 27
April 27, 2023 4:00 PM Eastern Time
May 25, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to July)
July 19, 2023 3:30 PM Eastern Time
August 31, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to September)
September 6, 2023 2:00 PM Eastern Time
October 24, 2023 3:00 PM Eastern Time
November 16, 2023Canceled (Agenda Moved to December)
December 12, 2023 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Members of the public are also invited to participate during each meeting's Public Comment period, which will proceed as follows:

All comments will be limited to 5 minutes per person. Kindly state your name and area of residence.

Public comments will be received from 1) Members of the public who attend in person; 2) Members of the public attending virtually; and 3) Members of the public who submit written comment(s) by email to:

If you experience difficulty in accessing the virtual session, please call (313) 224-2160 for assistance. 

Directory of Divisions:

Marketing Communications 
Human Resources

Industry Associations:

American Public Transportation Association 
Detroit-Department of Transportation 
Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Federal Transit Administration 
Michigan Department of Transportation 
Michigan Public Transit Association 
Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments 
Transit Labor Exchange 
United States Department of Transportation