Tiger Train

The Illitches and Amtrak have teamed up with DDOT to lure more suburbanites to the D for Tiger’s Games. According to an Mlive.com article, suburbanites can board an Amtrak train stopping in Pontiac, Birmingham and Royal Oak that goes to New Center. From New Center they can take a DDOT bus right up to Comerica Park. For $29, you get all that air-conditioned transportation on top of a right field box seat and a food voucher for refreshments.

I find this an interesting move by the Tiger’s. Initially, I thought it silly because if people wanted to go to a Tigers game, they’d just drive. But maybe people are afraid of their cars getting broken into and such? Not to mention parking can get costly if you don’t know where to go and don’t want to walk so far. The more I think about it, it’s a very suburban thing. The people riding the Tiger train will have to spend a minimal amount of time actually exposed to the streets of the D. At the same, I don’t see it as all bad because it’ll expose people to the city and possibly help them ease a little more comfortably into the city.

Ultimately, it’s like a make-shift subway for Tiger’s games. But what do you guys think about the Tiger Train? Yea or Nay?

7 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    Yea! Yet another demonstration of the strong need and demand for enhanced rapid transit along the Woodward corridor. Sure, this one caters just to suburbanites for now, but a partnership between D-DoT, Amtrak and private business is remarkable. In 5 years or so, they could be taking light rail with express and local options to the games, AND stopping along the way for shopping, dinner, drinks afterwards, etc. This is just the kind of thing the Woodward Ave Action Association is talking about: http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=9379

    Now, one can take this trip already on any one of the #400 SMART buses (express or local) (please vote to renew August 8!), but sometimes it takes a special option like this to get people started.

  2. baliad (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    i agree Chris… hopefully this will get people a little more interested in mass transit!

  3. observer_mike (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    I think this is great!
    I spent a weekend in St Louis MO. I flew into the airport that is just outside of downtown St Louis (in the burbs). We took a light rail system from the airport to the Hotel located in the center of Downtown St Louis. It was very easy, convenient and clean (even seemed safe). When we boarded the rail system the cars were packed with people geared up in St Louis Cardinals Jerseys, Hats and shirts. I watched closely as the Burbanites boarded at each stop along the way. They were on their way to a ball game! And they were having a great time singing and exchanging stories of past games. Detroit needs this! And this Amtrak thing is a great step in the right direction. It builds a love for the city and tradition for the young Burbanite kids.

  4. baliad (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    the Tiger train does seem like a step in the right direction! a good mass transit system does wonders for a city… during my recent trip to Hong Kong, i experienced the best mass transit system i’ve ever been on (compared to DC, Toronto, Chicago and LA)… Hong Kong’s mass transit is actually a reason i’d go back to that city… it made everything accessible and easy… the D needs it…

  5. Jeff (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    What about for those of us on the East Side?

  6. baliad (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    those on the east side and west side are both gettin’ shafted right now, but if enough interest were shown, they might be willing to look at other routes… i don’t anticipate this mass transit thing to come about quickly, i can tell you that much…

  7. Mollika* (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    Looks like people are really responding . . .

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