Wayne County, MI

Western

AFL - CIO

Branch 2184

71st Biennial National Convention

Cobo Center, Detroit July 16-20, 2018

GETTING AROUND DETROIT

 

      Detroit may be dubbed the Motor City, but a car is not your only travel option in town.

Getting to the convention via Detroit Metropolitan Airport? Consider using the SKOOT airport shuttle service to travel to your hotel. Call 855-WE-SKOOT (937-5668) or visit rideskoot.com.

The Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system, can help you get around downtown quickly and easily. It loops one way on a 2.9-mile course serving 13 stations, including a station inside the Cobo Center on the fourth floor near Congress Street. Since it is a one-way loop, you will reach your destination station no matter where you get on.

      The People Mover is open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, it opens at 6:30 a.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Saturday. It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., and on Sunday from noon to midnight. The fare is 75 cents. For more information go to thepeoplemover.com.

      The QLine is a new 3.3-mile streetcar that runs along

Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West

Grand Boulevard in downtown Detroit, a few blocks from the

 Cobo Center. The streetcar route has 20 stations serving 12

locations. The QLine runs from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday

through Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. to

midnight on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. A one-way

fare costs $1.50. See qlinedetroit.com for more.

      The city also has an extensive bus network. Fares are $1.50, 75 cents for students and 50 cents for seniors; transfers are 25 cents. For information on routes, schedules and fares, go to

detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Locate-Transportation/Bus-Schedules. Another public bus line, the SMART system, connects downtown to the suburbs. SMART fares are $2 for adults, $1 for youth and 50 cents for seniors and people with disabilities. Transfers are 25 cents. SMART also operates several high-frequency bus routes called FAST.

                                                      MoGo is the city’s bikeshare system. Riders can use a credit

                                                card or a debit card to rent a bicycle for a day from one of several

                                                dozen docks throughout the city. A daily pass costs $8 and

                                                provides an unlimited number of rides up to 30 minutes long for

                                                the day. To end the ride, simply park the bicycle at any dock. If

                                                any of the rides exceeds a half-hour, there is an additional charge

                                                of  $4 for each 30 minutes. Other pricing options are available.

                                                When  your ride is over, return the bike to an open slot at any

                                                dock in the  city—you don’t have to take it back to where you

                                                rented it. Go to mogodetroit.org to learn more.

      For those with the necessary documents to travel to Canada, the Tunnel Bus is an option. It crosses through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to carry passengers from downtown Detroit,

including a stop at the Cobo Center, to Windsor, Ontario. The fare is $5 for a one-way trip; tickets and information are available at the Cobo Center. The Tunnel Bus operates Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. For details, go to citywindsor.ca/residents/ transitwindsor/Routes-and-Schedules/Tunnel-Bus-to-Detroit/Pages/Tunnel-Bus-to-Detroit.aspx.