Another very happy metro Detroiter
I've attended the marathon before as a spectator. I don't think it will be a big problem and I would bet that they change the route to accommodate SA. Even if they don't, the freeways will still be open and the Lodge Freeway dead-ends right into the Joe's very large parking garage. If you don't want to pay for parking there, you could use the Greektown Casino's free garage just off I-75 or find someplace by a People Mover station and take that right to the doors of the Joe avoiding any of the marathon route. Detroit can handle a lot of people and traffic.
The biggest problem would be crossing the border on marathon day. That might be a nightmare! Do we know for sure if there will be competition on Sunday? I know the exhibition will be held that day.
As others have mentioned, I'd book a hotel sooner rather than later. Do consider staying downtown. I know lots of you like to lobby chick at the official hotels but Dearborn is so boring. Treat yourself and stay at the Renn Cen Marriott or the Book Cadillac. Downtown Detroit will be a lot of fun that weekend with skating fans and marathoners!
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Back in 97 when Skate America was in Detroit we stayed at the Marriott downtown and it was really nice to be so close to Joe Louis. Wish I could this year but I have a work obligation that conflicts with Skate Canada and Skate America. Oh well.
People mover story: everyone was getting off at the hotel after the skating one night and with the crowd not everyone could get off on time and the door closed on myself and a very old lady with her hubby on the otherside. She started to cry as we pulled away. I had to calm her down saying that we just had to stay put and ride around for a complete loop again. Luckily she trusted me and viola, hubby was waiting for her when be made it around. My friends: at the hotel bar already!
If anyone's booking a room at either Doubletree, don't forget you can get a discount if you go through the USFSA's website. Just click on the Hilton logo at the bottom of the main page of usfsa.org.
I was looking at last years roster and many skaters won't have to travel, which would save the host a ton of money.
**** trains in Detroit
** is in Detroit off and on
( ) US Champ that should be chosen
1 (Ashley WAGNER) USA 188.37 1 1
2 Christina GAO USA 174.25 3 2
3 Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS 168.96 2 3 **
4 Valentina MARCHEI ITA 158.79 5 6 ****
5 Haruka IMAI JPN 157.72 7 4 ****
6 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA 155.95 4 7 **
7 Alena LEONOVA RUS 153.49 9 5
8 Viktoria HELGESSON SWE 144.85 6 8
9 Rachael FLATT USA 136.09 10 9
10 Sarah HECKEN GER 134.09 8 10
1 (Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE) USA 176.28 1 1 ****
2 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 159.95 3 2
3 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 157.32 2 3 ****
4 Lynn KRIENGKRAIRUT / Logan GIULIETTI-SCHMITT USA 141.41 4 4 ****
5 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI GER 132.57 5 5
6 Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Simone VATURI ITA 125.74 6 6 ****
7 Anastasia CANNUSCIO / Colin MCMANUS USA 122.37 7 7
1 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 195.07 1 1
2 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN 185.16 2 2
3 Caydee DENNEY / John COUGHLIN USA 178.22 3 3 **
4 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 167.66 4 4 **
5 (Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR) USA 164.19 5 5
6 Gretchen DONLAN / Andrew SPEROFF USA 131.26 7 6
7 Danielle MONTALBANO / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI ISR 119.02 6 7
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 251.44 2 1 **** (part season)
2 Yuzuru HANYU JPN 243.74 1 3
3 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN 229.95 4 2
4 Konstantin MENSHOV RUS 212.53 5 5
5 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 211.35 3 8 ****
6 Michal BREZINA CZE 209.67 6 4 **
7 Armin MAHBANOOZADEH USA 203.65 7 7
8 Tomas VERNER CZE 197.36 9 6 **
9 Douglas RAZZANO USA 187.73 10 9
10 Alexander MAJOROV SWE 182.42 8 10
(Max Aaron) **
For anyone else wondering and too lazy to google, the People Mover appears to be a monorail.
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OK, I wasnt too lazy...
There is an interactive map to show where the stations are.
Below is a description. If I understand this, it is an unmanned monorail system that goes in one clockwise loop. The cars on the loop appear every 3-4 minutes at any station and stop for 20 seconds.
You can ride the entire loop in 15 minutes. Am I correct? I am also assuming that if one is disabled and cant get out of the way of a door closing, there is some sort of emergency stop button.
This looks like the hot set up to go back to the Doubletree/Holiday inn Express at night.
The DTC fleet consists of twelve driverless vehicles that are fully automated and computer controlled. The vehicles are each powered by a linear induction motor that can provide a maximum velocity of 56 mph. Vehicles and stations (with the exception of Grand Circus Park - see below) are handicapped accessible and each vehicle has two wheelchair securement positions. Vehicles are also equipped with a climate control system that provides maximum passenger comfort from outside temperatures that can have a seasonal range from sub-zero to 100 plus degrees.
People Mover fare is $.75 and can be paid by U.S. coins, People Mover tokens and by monthly, semi-annual, annual and special event passes. All stations are equipped with automatic turnstiles and disability accessible gates, with the exception of Grand Circus Park Station, which is stairway access, standard faregates only. Persons certified as disabled, Medicare card holders and the elderly are eligible for discounted (50%) passes and tokens.
Normal weekday operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to Midnight, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Noon to Midnight on Sunday. Early openings and extensions of evening hours are provided to accommodate sports events, major conventions and other special events taking place in the Central Business District. Round trip on the system is approximately 15 minutes and headway ranges from 3 to 4 minutes. Average dwell at each station is 20 seconds.
Ahhh the People Mover. The history of this public work is a microcosm of the history of Detroit.
I have to laugh that someone called it a monorail because of what happened when I was 12. While the People Mover was being built, and was already overdue and overbudget, we visited my grandparents in FL and went to a spring training Tigers game. Then mayor of Detroit Coleman Young was at the game and was introduced to the crowd. My mother, stood up and yelled, "Hey Coleman, did you see the people mover at Disneyworld?" Everyone laughed, it was hilarious and I know he totally heard her. They have a monorail at Disney But still, it was funny.
I think the fact that this "light rail transit" was called "The People Mover" says a lot about how the Detroit metro region views public transport.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
OK, I'll bite. Not knowing anything about the system, is this People mover considered a turkey by the locals? On the surface to us out-of-staters, it seems like a good idea. There appears to be quite a few books on Amazon about the death of Detroit and the corruption. Is the light rail part of that?
Yes and no. It's public transportation that doesn't really go anywhere. I used to use it when I worked for an attorney and had to go from the circuit court to the federal court, and I have occasionally used it when going to a Red Wings game at the Joe, after having had dinner in Greektown. (This was back when Greektown was a vibrant, fun place to go -- before the casino killed it ). Most of the time I rode it there was only a few others in the car with me.
As for corruption in Detroit, ever heard of Kwame Kilpatrick.
(PS, I wasn't going to mention this because this is not a PI thread, but in response to your earlier post about the governor doing a hostile takeover of Detroit, the EFM is anything but - unless you subscribe to the hysteria of the unions and the race mongers. Detroit has been given every chance, by the state, local businesses and creditors, and their political body can't get their collective head out of their butt. The people who suffer are the poor people who live in the neighborhoods without decent street lioghts, with abandoned buildings housing drug operations, virtual police stations (which don't work), and firefighters with shabby, dangerous equipment. It simply isn't fair - while people like Kwame and Monica Conyers and the like get fat on public corruption. I hope to God that the EFM can help the city, but if they can't change their political culture, it will just be a matter of time until they're right back in the same situation. )
Doesnt seem like that long of a walk for even slightly able people
If you stay in the area of the event, you should have no problems.
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
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Thanks! I know that I am completely ignorant of the situation there, both political and economic, as far as the causes, other than the feral govt sending millions of jobs overseas. Detroit simply doesnt make the news here, if there if a Kim Kardshian story to do.
No, I have never heard of Kwame Kilpatrick, but if there is corruption, then it needs to be delt with harshly, IMHO. But who is more corrupt than those in the feral govt? I do have to wonder if perhaps Detroit is the cannary in the coal mine. Illinois is completely broke and beyond....how far is Michigan behind it? WDET-"January 7, 2013
Officials say Michigan has a more than $1 billion dollar surplus left from the state’s 2012 budget. But even with that money the state may have a huge deficit in its 2013 budget. WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter talked about the situation with the state budget director – John Nixon."
I appreciate hearing from any Detroiters on Restaurants they would go to in the area.
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