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Transportation to and around the City of Detroit, Michigan is the focal point of this guide.

Due to the city's proximity to Canada, as well as its transportation facilities, ports, railroad connections, airports, and major highways, Detroit is a significant transportation hub.

There are three international border crossings within the city limits of Detroit: the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel. The Ambassador Bridge carries more than twenty-five percent of the total trade between the United States and Canada, making it the busiest border crossing in North America. Under development is the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will link I-75 and I-96 with Highway 401 in Ontario.

An elevated rail system known as the People Mover came into operation in 1987, providing daily service around a 2.94-mile downtown loop. The QLine links the People Mover with the Detroit Amtrak station along Woodward Avenue, and the SEMCOG Commuter Rail connects Detroit's New Center with Ann Arbor, by way of Dearborn, Wayne, and Ypsilanti. Amtrak provides passenger service to Detroit through its Wolverine line between Chicago and Pontiac. Freight is transported by rail through the Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, Conrail Shared Assets, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Railway, each of which operates railyards within the city. The city is also served by the Delray Connecting Railroad and the Detroit Connecting Railroad, both shortlines.

Detroit is also served by bus services. The Detroit Department of Transportation operates a DDOT mass transit system within the city limits and up to the outer edges of the city, while the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) provides services to the suburbs and the city through local routes and SMART's FAST service, which offers limited stops along major corridors connecting Detroit's suburb to its downtown district. Transit Windsor provides bus services between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario by way of its Tunnel Bus.

The chief airport serving the city is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, although it is actually located in Romulus. The Coleman A. Young International Airport, previously known as the Detroit City Airport, is on the north side of the city, although it offers only charter air services and general aviation.

These, along with taxi services, car rental companies, and limousine services in Detroit, are appropriate for this category. Auto dealerships would be more appropriately listed in the Places to Shop category.



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