A 257,000 square foot building on a 2.4-acre site. Located at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Cass between the Michigan and Times Square stations of the People Mover. Completed in 2009 at a cost of $22.5 million, the facility and has 15 bays for 21 Detroit Department of Transportation buses, a taxi stand, and connections to the SMART system and People Mover. The Megabus leaves from the taxi stand at 360 Michigan Ave.
A police mini-station is planned for the center. See also: DDOT Police.
Crime and closures
Security layoffs by the Detroit General Services Department reduced the center's hours from 12:30 to 10pm on December 31 closed the facility on January 2nd 2009.
In January and February 2010, the Center has been plagued by unscheduled closures due to security staff layoffs (6 of the 16 guards were laid off). The Free Press reports a spike in crime, including drug dealing, robberies, and public cat washing.
Architecture and Construction
In November 2007, the cost of the construction was $18.3 Million, and the building had 12 bus bays. source
DeMaria Building Company was the general contractor.
AT&T had an undocumented underground duct system at the site, which slowed construction.
The tensile canopy cost $5.5 million, which was installed by USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc. of Costa Mesa, California. A local plant assembled the structure off-site.
- Welcome, Detroit travelers, Freep, 10 July 09. http://www.freep.com/article/20090710/NEWS05/907100375/1199/PRINT/Whimsical-transit-center-to-offer-comfort-to-visitors
- Progress Report: $18.3 million Rosa Parks Transit Center rises on schedule, Model D, 27 November 2008, http://www.modeldmedia.com/developmentnews/default.aspx?month=11/2007
- Security layoffs force reduced hours at new Rosa Parks bus center. Bill Shea, Crain's blog, Jan. 4 2009.
- Assaults, robberies plague new transit center 4 February 2010.