Viewpoint: A New Detroit on the Move

Amid all the buzz about Detroit being transformed into this vibrant metropolis driving the future of mobility, one thing shines through vividly clear — the city is nowhere close to breaking free of the traditional car commute.

Even with all the improvements being made to Detroit’s mass transit system and the budding number of new mobility options springing up in the city, personal vehicles are still the preferred mode of transportation in Southeastern Michigan. 

In fact, according to a 2017 Census report, people driving alone in their cars made up 83 percent of all work commutes in Detroit, Warren and Ann Arbor. Those between the ages of 25 to 44 accounted for roughly 34 percent of those work commuters, a sign that a lot of early adaptors in the area are still clinging to their personal automobiles. 

In short, people in the “Motor City” — both old and young — can’t seem to get away from the idea of driving their own car. “I like the freedom,” says Dana Harvey, who was born and raised in the city. “I know there are (other) options, but I am used to having a car.”