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Detroit NEXUS enrollment center pedestrian access?

Old Jul 22, 19, 7:50 am
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Detroit NEXUS enrollment center pedestrian access?

I was not planning on renting a car when I travel to Detroit. When I booked my enrollment appointment, I received a set of directions to the center, but they are all written as though one is arriving by car. I assumed that there would be some sort of pedestrian access to the building, but after looking at aerial images, the building looks like it's in the middle of processing lanes and Ambassador Bridge access roads. Does anyone know if there's a way to walk to the building?
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Old Jul 22, 19, 11:12 am
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Your interview is for NEXUS, right? Just making sure, since if its for Global Entry there is an enrollment center at the airport.

Youre right; that enrollment center is right in the middle of the POE mess. Its tricky to get to even if driving. I dont have a definitive answer to whether or not it is possible to walk in, though Id lean toward not, and if it is Id guess it wouldnt be easy. It looks like it might theoretically be possible from the aerial view (e.g. from the Michigan Welcome Center walk down 21st St), but theyd have to let you through the gate.

I am curious how you were thinking youd get there if not renting a car. Would it be possible to go to another enrollment center? Others are more pedestrian friendly, for sure.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 11:46 am
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Thank you for your response. Yes, it is for NEXUS. I don't live anywhere near a border and I was going to be in downtown Detroit for a trip, so I decided to take advantage of that to schedule my interview. I assumed that the facility would be pedestrian accessible since it is near a major city's downtown. I will just call the office and ask. Otherwise, I will take a taxi and have them wait outside. I doubt I could hail a cab/rideshare from the building itself since it seems to be within a compound.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 1:14 pm
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Old Jul 22, 19, 8:24 pm
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Originally Posted by stndrdSDF View Post
I assumed that the facility would be pedestrian accessible since it is near a major city's downtown. I will just call the office and ask.
Yeah, you would think so. Good luck calling the office. If someone answers the phone AND they're helpful (I've had trouble with both in that office), I'd be interested to know what they say.

Taking a taxi and having them wait is probably your best bet. To help you get there successfully, here is an excerpt from a post I made in 2012:

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Pay careful attention to the directions given on the "Interview Scheduled" page in your GOES account, specifically the part that says, regardless of which freeway you're coming from: "use exit [...] Bridge to Canada." They should have said, "Ignore the scary signs that say 'beyond this point you must continue to Canada!'" In fact you want to proceed past those signs, but immediately after the ramps from I-75 N and S merge there is a "service drive" on the left that you turn into with a double fence and automatic gates. After that point the signage is fairly clear, IIRC.
Here are coordinates of the "service drive". Take care not to miss it, or you will be crossing the bridge to Canada!

Here are coordinates for the entrance to the NEXUS office.

Getting out of the compound is just about as tricky as getting in. First you have to backtrack out of the parking lot and go around the building to the truck exit. Here you (or the driver) will hand the officer a piece of paper that the officers inside the enrollment office will give you that says you've been "released from NEXUS/FAST office" (assuming the procedure is still the same as it was in 2013). Note that the booths at the exit gate are at a height corresponding to the height of semi-truck cabs, so you (or the driver) might have to get out of the car in order to be able to reach high enough to hand the paper to the officer.

After passing the truck exit, make sure to go to the left at the split ahead, otherwise you will end up circling around inside the compound again!

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Old Jul 23, 19, 8:34 pm
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Thank you for the detailed instructions! I appreciate the time and effort you put into this!

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