DDOT’s newest transit center, Jason Hargrove Transit Center at the State Fairgrounds, opened early Saturday morning

  • Transit Center is the centerpiece of a $31 million redevelopment of the abandoned Michigan State Fairgrounds
  • Former Dairy Cattle Barn is now a state-of-the-art transportation hub with first-class amenities for travelers and DDOT employees
  • Waiting out in the elements for a bus transfer is a thing of the past at this popular hub


Today, Mayor Mike Duggan marked the opening of the Detroit Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) newest transit center, the Jason Hargrove Transit Center at the State Fairgrounds, by highlighting how DDOT passengers can now make transfers from one line to another in comfort and out of the elements.

The opening of the center marks a significant milestone in enhancing public transportation accessibility within the city. “For years, DDOT riders have complained to me about having to wait for bus transfers in the rain, snow, cold, or the heat of hot summer days,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Now, our most popular transit center not only will provide our passengers with protection from the elements, the dedicated spaces for DDOT staff to rest and reboot show our continued commitment to our drivers."

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Mayor Duggan talking with passengers aboard the NB 4-Woodward bus on the way to check out the newly-opened Jason Hargrove Transit Center.


This state-of-the-art facility will serve as the nexus for five key bus routes: 4-Woodward, 12-Conant, 17-Eight Mile, 30-Livernois, and 54-Wyoming. The closure and decommissioning of the current temporary transfer center on Woodward Ave., just south of Eight Mile Road, will coincide with the opening of the JHTC.

"This is a great day for DDOT, its riders, and the city as a whole,” said Interim Director of DDOT G. Michael Staley. “The Jason Hargrove Transit Center represents our commitment to providing safe, efficient, and accessible public transportation for all Detroiters."

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Mayor Duggan speaks with ATU Local 26 Board Member Michael Toler about the new transit center, and the great new amenities for bus drivers.


Named in honor of the late bus operator Jason Hargrove, whose advocacy for driver safety resonated deeply with the community, the transit center stands as a testament to his legacy. Over the past year, diligent efforts have transformed a vision into reality, culminating in the construction of a 52,000-square-foot facility designed to accommodate the needs of both passengers and operators.

The interior of the Jason Hargrove Transit Center boasts modern amenities, including retail and restaurant options, an indoor lobby, a ticket office, and public restrooms. Additionally, a dedicated lounge and restroom area will provide transit operators with a comfortable space between shifts.

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Mayor took the transfer from the NB 4-Woodward bus to the EB 17-Eight Mile bus, and said it was a smooth experience. Travelers using the new Jason Hargrove Transit Center can now wait in comfort.


The transit center serves as the centerpiece of a $31 million redevelopment project, encompassing the adaptive reuse of the former dairy cattle barn into a new indoor transit hub. Furthermore, a vibrant outdoor space, anchored by a restored portico of the historic State Fair Coliseum, will serve as a focal point for community gatherings and events, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

The adaptive reuse of the former State Fairgrounds buildings was something Detroiters asked for during community outreach portion of planning for the new transit center. The architects at DLZ Michigan, Inc., a Detroit-based company, were able to craft a plan to preserve some of this history while still creating a state-of-the-art transportation hub, and the plan was approved by Detroit City Council before work on the facility started in 2022.

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“This was an amazing project from start to finish, I couldn’t be more proud of DBA Director Donna Rice, who led this project,” said Detroit Building Authority Director Tyrone Clifton. “Working with minority-owned and operated and Detroit headquartered Ideal Contracting and Detroit-based architects DLZ Michigan Inc made all the difference because they understood the history and importance of the site.”

Hillwood Investment Properties and the Sterling Group, renowned developers behind the new Amazon fulfillment center at the fairgrounds, have contributed $7 million toward the construction of the Jason Hargrove Transit Center, underscoring their commitment to the revitalization of Detroit's infrastructure.