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People Mover shuts down for 2 weeks for maintenance

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The Detroit People Mover will close for two weeks starting Sunday for track work and switch replacement project.

Construction will begin after the People Mover completes a full day of service at 2 a.m. Sunday, officials said on Wednesday.

The system will reopen at 6:30 a.m. on June 27.

About 180 feet of steel rail will be unbolted and replaced to match adjoining sections, officials said. Crews will install a new switch and switch machine rods. Switches allow trains to move left or right while traveling on the track.

The timing of the project comes at the availability of contractor, Delta Railroad Construction Inc, said Ericka Alexander, spokeswoman for the People Mover. The company has done previous work on the People Mover, including track replacement in 2008.

“They know our system,” she said. “We’re satisfied with their level of work.”

As an alternative for passengers, certain Detroit Department of Transportation buses travel within the Central Business District. Fares are 50 cents for bus travel within the boundaries of M-10, Interstate 75 and I-375.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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