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NAIAS Organizers Expect Smooth Traffic Flow, Ample Parking During Auto Show

14 January 2000

North American International Auto Show Organizers Expect Smooth Traffic Flow, Ample Parking During Auto Show
    DETROIT, Jan. 13 -- Milder weather and hotter cars are
expected to draw record crowds to the North American International Auto Show
2000, say show organizers.
    "If the reception we enjoyed by the international media is any indication,
our attendance should be well up this year," said Russ Shelton, senior co-
chair of the show, "and due to the proactive steps taken by the city, visitors
should have a great time in Detroit this year."
    "The People Mover offers visitors an opportunity to experience first-hand
the Renaissance happening in Detroit," said Shelton.  "The route runs past
Campus Martius, soon to be home to Compuware, and the David Whitney Building,
which is undergoing a complete renovation, and will once again be the
architectural jewel it once was."
    With stations located near city parking garages, the People Mover makes an
attractive option if parking at Cobo should fill.  While two of the stations
(Greektown and Grand Circus Park) remain closed due to nearby construction,
reasonable alternatives are just a short walk away.  People who normally use
the Greektown station can use Bricktown station, located just two blocks
south.  People wishing to use the Grand Circus Park garage are a short walk
away from either the Broadway or the Times Square station.
    "The reality is, everyone can't park at Cobo, but there are some
attractive alternatives," said Shelton, "in fact one of the most underutilized
parking structures during the show is the Joe Louis Arena garage.  With at
least 2,000 spaces open to the public and free shuttle service to Cobo, the
'Joe' should be the first place people head for to park."
    With over 18,000 spaces in public and private lots throughout the downtown
area and transportation to and from the show via the People Mover, visiting
this year's show will be more convenient than ever.