During the 150 years of public transportation operations in Detroit, there have been numerous locations across the city that have served as motor transportation garages.
The Motor Transportation Garage on Vernor was built by the city in 1957 to repair and maintain city vehicles, including police cars, garbage trucks, emergency vehicles, and buses.
This narrow (77’–wide x 622’–long) coach storage building could accommodate over eighty coaches and opened shortly after the streetcars were removed.
The largest part of the building was the main repair floor, with repair bays and offices making up the remainder. The garage closed in 2011 due to budget cuts.
Know before you go. Before you come and spend time at Motor Transportation Garage in Detroit there are tips and advice for exploring abandoned places. We want to ensure that you enjoy your time there.
Know the Dangers When visiting Motor Transportation Garage in Detroit, the most obvious hazard is falling through rotten floorboards — but there are often much more sinister invisible dangers.
Wear proper clothing and equipment
If you’re going to be exploring, wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind ruining. Choose your footwear carefully too. Besides a camera and any photography props you might need, you’ll also want to bring a flashlight.
Don’t steal souvenirs from Motor Transportation Garage
The artifacts left near Motor Transportation Garage in Detroit once belonged to somebody, even if they haven’t been there for years. At best, you’re diluting the experience for other urban explorers; at worst, you’re stealing and desecrating a historic site.
Expert on Urban Planning and Abandoned Places
|Mr. Gregory Hooqe is a highly experienced expert on Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. Mr. Gregory Hooqe has been focusing on Urban Development since 2000 and has written extensively on the subject.|
He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Korean Smart Cities, as well as the 2016 Korea Development Institute, Global Ambassador Award for SD and Innovation. Mr. Gregory Hooqe served for LG Technology Center and has been teaching and consulting at Shaanxi Railway Institute and KDI.