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    NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW CHARITY PREVIEW TO BRING THOUSANDS DOWNTOWN ON JANUARY 18

    The North American International Auto Show’s annual charity preview is expected to bring thousands of individuals to Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center on January 18. Ticket holders are expected to arrive around 5 p.m. Detroit police are encouraging those traveling into downtown Detroit to leave for their destinations early and use alternate routes.

    Congestion and delays are expected on the southbound John C. Lodge Freeway. Motorists on their way to Canada are advised to use the Ambassador Bridge instead of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Workers exiting downtown are encouraged to use northbound thoroughfares such as Woodward Avenue, Cass Avenue or the I-75 Freeway. Motorists should be on the lookout for shuttle buses traveling westbound on Congress from nearby parking structures to drop off visitors at Cobo Center. Limousines, service cars, and handicap vehicles will be the only vehicles allowed to pass in front of Cobo Center. No vehicles will be allowed to stand or park near Cobo Center. All buses, shuttle vans and mini-buses will use Atwater, Doors 1, 2 & 3.  

    The Police Department will also coordinate the flow of traffic in these areas: • Shelby will close between Larned Street and Jefferson Avenue starting at 5 p.m.

    • Only designated buses will be allowed to travel on Atwater Street behind the Renaissance Center to Joe Louis Arena beginning at 6 p.m.

    • Vehicles exiting at the Larned exit on the southbound John C. Lodge Freeway will only be allowed to go east on Larned to parking areas until 5 p.m. The Larned exit will be closed at 5 p.m. until the Charity Preview concludes.

    • Griswold southbound will close at Larned beginning at 5 p.m.

    The Civic Center ramp from Washington will be closed to traffic starting at 5 p.m.

    • There will be No Parking, Tow Zone and No Standing zones from 8 a.m. to midnight on Congress, Shelby, Larned, Washington Blvd., Cass, Jefferson, and Atwater. In addition, individuals can park at a City parking facility and catch the Detroit People Mover to the Auto Show Charity Preview. The People Mover hours on Jan. 18 are 6:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. The fare is just 75 cents per ride. Children ages five and under ride free. For more information, visit http://www.thepeoplemover.com or call the Detroit Transportation Corporation 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday at (313) 224-2160.

     

    ENJOY CONVENIENT PARKING AND THE DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER DURING 2013 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

    Individuals attending the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center will find convenient, accessible parking and transportation in downtown Detroit. The Municipal Parking Department will also provide two free People Mover tokens to the first 100 customers at the Grand Circus and Joe Louis Arena garages on weekends and the Martin Luther King holiday.

    The public show runs from January 19 – 27. Facility Hours Rate Cadillac Farmer Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) $10 Saturday & Sunday (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) $10 Sun., Jan. 27 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

    $10 Ford Underground Garage Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

    $10 30 East Jefferson Except Jan. 22 & 25 (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

    $15 Saturday (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.) $10 Sun., Jan. 20 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.) $10 Sun., Jan 27 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) $10 Grand Circus Park Garage* Monday – Sunday (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

    $5 1600-01 Woodward Avenue This location will issue two free People Mover tokens to the first 100 vehicles (weekends and ML King holiday only)  Joe Louis Arena Garage* Monday – Sunday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

    $10 900 W. Jefferson Except Jan. 22 & 25 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)$15 Sun., Jan. 27 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

    $10 This location will issue two free People Mover tokens to the first 100 vehicles (weekends and ML King holiday only) Rates and times vary on hockey dates – Jan. 22 & 25

    Millennium Garage Monday – Sunday (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.) $15

    432 W. Congress Sun., Jan. 27 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) $15

    Premier Underground Garage 24 hours $10 1206-08 Woodward Avenue *Denotes facility is located near People Mover Station

    PARKING ENFORCEMENT The City of Detroit also will enforce No Parking, Tow Zone and No Standing zones from noon – 10 p.m. on Jan. 18 – 27 on:

    • Congress from Woodward to Third

    • Shelby and Griswold from Jefferson to Fort Street

    • Larned from Washington Blvd. to Woodward

    • Washington Blvd. from Congress to Michigan

    • Cass from Congress to Fort Street

    • Fort Street between Griswold and Third

    There will be no parking of any vehicles on Atwater from Third to Renaissance Drive during the Auto Show. Motorists are advised to observe all posted parking restrictions to avoid being ticketed and/or possibly having vehicles towed. For more information, call the Municipal Parking Department at (313) 221-2500 or go online to the City’s Web site at www.detroitmi.gov/parking.

     In addition, individuals can park at a City parking facility and catch the Detroit People Mover to the Auto Show. The Detroit People Mover (DPM) service begins earlier on the weekends during the Auto Show. On all other days during the show period, the DPM will operate on its normal schedule.

     Here are the People Mover hours during the Auto Show: January 18 6:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. January 19 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. January 20 8 a.m. – Midnight January 21 – 25 6:30 a.m. – Midnight January 26 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. January 27 8 a.m. – Midnight

    Launched in 1987, the Detroit People Mover’s 13 stations provide safe, quick connections between Cobo Center, major hotels, and commercial, banking and retail districts. The elevated service is frequent, unencumbered by vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and fare is just 75 cents per ride. Children ages five and under ride free. For traveling information, a detailed system map or an online station guide, visit http://www.thepeoplemover.com or call the Detroit Transportation Corporation 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday at (313) 224-2160. PR-13-004

     

    DETROIT POLICE TO ENFORCE ADULT SUPERVISION GUIDELINES AT 2013 AUTO SHOW DURING WEEKENDS AND ON KING HOLIDAY

    The Detroit Police Department will enforce guidelines that require all minors under 18 visiting the North American International Auto Show after 5 p.m. to be accompanied by a responsible (supervising) adult 21 years of age or older. The guidelines will be in effect from 5 p.m. until closing every weekend during the Auto Show (Saturdays and Sundays from January 18 through January 27).

    The adult supervision guidelines will also be enforced on Monday, Jan. 21 when schools are out for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Loitering will not be permitted outside of Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center either, so drivers who are picking up patrons are encouraged to be prompt. If an individual is determined to be under the age of 18 and without adult supervision, he/she faces being escorted from the premises by Detroit Police.

    Assistance will be given if the minor needs help contacting an adult for transportation home. Loiterers also may be ticketed, which could result in fines. In addition to uniformed officers, undercover officers will be on duty to ensure public safety and monitor the premises. For further information, contact the Office of Public Information at 313-596-2200.

     

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