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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 280
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 71.10.63.140
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 2:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, the people mover was down after the Wings game tonite. One of the trains got stuck near cobo and the river for 15 minutes.. provoked lots of "people mugger" and detroit bashing from everyone waiting in line at the JLA station...

...this cant be good for Super Bowl, when the system will be used a lot
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Mackinaw
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Post Number: 1090
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 141.213.173.94
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 3:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

...wouldn't want to walk a quarter mile would ya? People (shaking my head).

Perhaps DPM is showing solidarity with the NY transit workers.
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2829
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 4:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mackinaw, come on, that's not the point. Regardless of walking distance, people shouldn't just accept that the People Mover may not always work, or may break down when heavily used. The bar has to be set much higher than that.
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Nellonfury
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Post Number: 54
Registered: 03-2005
Posted From: 68.43.156.135
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 4:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The People Mover needs an upgrade and expansion!!!!
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Jerome81
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Post Number: 866
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 64.142.86.133
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 5:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tear that schitt down!
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2830
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 5:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Really, if it's only going to work when it wants to during the time it is needed most, what's the use? This doesn't seem to be that rare of an occurance, unfortunately.

(Message edited by lmichigan on December 21, 2005)
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Nellonfury
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Post Number: 55
Registered: 03-2005
Posted From: 68.43.156.135
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 5:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THIS IS WHAT OUR CITY NEEDS PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
DOWNTOWN DETROIT NEEDS A MONORAIL!!!!
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1416
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 9:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What you say?
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1417
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 9:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Monorail!!!
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1418
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 9:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whats that word?
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1419
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 9:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Monorail!



Sorry that is one of my favorite Simpsons episodes.
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Skulker
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Post Number: 3320
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.42.176.88
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 10:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What???????

A 30 year old one off technology on a continous loop system was delayed for FIFTEEN WHOLE MINUTES?

See this is why Detroit is a stinking armpit, bag of shit town. This is all Colemans fault!

Breaking down during a Wings game? Coincidence? I think not. I think the blacks in charge of this city did it to show white people they aren't wnated here!!!!!

Fuck this town and fuck this forum...I'm never posting here again...YOU ALL SUCK!



Sheeesh people, lighten up. Perhaps the trains were stopped because of safety reasons? Perhaps something fell on the track? Perhaps the cars were over fucking loaded, setting of false alarms in ths systems, as is common when Wings fans try to play frat boy in phone booth with the cares??
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Publicmsu
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Post Number: 551
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 71.65.11.17
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 10:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe the people mover just needed a hug..
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Itsjeff
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Post Number: 5222
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 208.27.111.125
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 10:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

<--knows were Gander was going with that and smiled approvingly.
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Goat
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Post Number: 7930
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 69.156.93.210
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 10:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Skulker yells "Bingo"...and wins. For everytime I have heard those words come out of someones mouth.
Doesn't everyone wish we lived in a perfect world? What about the loooong delays on the highway to get the hell out of the city as fast as they can? "Damn Detroit, they are just doing it purposely so that we have to stay in this hell hole longer!"
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Livernoisyard
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 10-2004
Posted From: 69.242.223.42
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 11:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe the People Mover is powered by the city department of lighting. Or, OTOH, maybe DTE wanted to wait till the check cleared.
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Merchantgander
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Post Number: 1421
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 150.198.164.127
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 11:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For all to enjoy Merry Christmas, remember to sing when you read it. I believe it was a take off the musical Rain Maker (not sure if that is the correct name).

Monorail
Lyle Lanley: Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine,
Bona fide,
Electrified,
Six-car
Monorail!
What'd I say?
Ned Flanders: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley: What's it called?
Patty+Selma: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley: That's right! Monorail!
[crowd chants `Monorail' softly and rhythmically]
Miss Hoover: I hear those things are awfully loud...
Lyle Lanley: It glides as softly as a cloud.
Apu: Is there a chance the track could bend?
Lyle Lanley: Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
Barney: What about us brain-dead slobs?
Lyle Lanley: You'll be given cushy jobs.
Abe: Were you sent here by the devil?
Lyle Lanley: No, good sir, I'm on the level.
Wiggum: The ring came off my pudding can.
Lyle Lanley: Take my pen knife, my good man.
I swear it's Springfield's only choice...
Throw up your hands and raise your voice!
All: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley: What's it called?
All: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley: Once again...
All: Monorail!
Marge: But Main Street's still all cracked and broken...
Bart: Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken!
All: Monorail!
Monorail!
Monorail!
[big finish]
Monorail!
Homer: Mono... D'oh!
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Upinottawa
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Post Number: 79
Registered: 09-2005
Posted From: 198.103.184.76
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 11:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What Detroit really needs is an escalator to nowhere....
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Publicmsu
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Post Number: 552
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 136.182.2.222
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 11:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wouldn't that include any escalator that brings one into the city?
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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 418
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.42.176.123
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 12:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Skulker: Actually, I think the PM is not even 20 years old yet. While buying a PM pass at its office yesterday, I noticed a framed news story about the opening of it. It was dated 1987.
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Jsmyers
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Post Number: 1317
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 209.131.7.68
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 1:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is when construction was finished, but the technology was developed much earlier.
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Danindc
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Post Number: 1136
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.100.158.10
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 1:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, but the technology is much older....


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Mackinaw, come on, that's not the point. Regardless of walking distance, people shouldn't just accept that the People Mover may not always work, or may break down when heavily used. The bar has to be set much higher than that.




Hmmmm. So many things this subway rider could write in response to this....
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Toolbox
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Post Number: 794
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.196.220.198
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 1:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

Presbyterian College Academic Web Server

Detroit's Downtown People Mover (DPM) is one of five urban "people mover" systems that were built in the U.S. beginning in the 1970s. (The other four are in Miami, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Irving, Texas, and Morgantown, West Virginia.)

It is an automated system that uses two-car trains running on an elevated guideway. The technology is steel wheels on standard-gauge steel-rails, but with linear induction motors instead of normal traction motors. (This is similar to Vancouver BC's Skytrain system.) The route is a one-way loop 2.9 miles (4.7 km) long, with thirteen stations. A complete circuit takes about fifteen minutes, and trains run every three to five minutes. The cash fare is $0.50.

The DPM opened in June 1987. Ridership has been rather light, approximately 5-10,000 per day. It was originally intended to be the downtown distributor for a rapid-transit system which was not built.




Way more info on the DPM than the "Official" web site.
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Gravitymachine
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Post Number: 708
Registered: 05-2005
Posted From: 198.208.159.18
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 1:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i heard from a friend that the train to ann arbor from detroit was delayed due to a fire yesterday, then the train leaving dearborn didn't have power...

elaborate conspiracy or completely unrelated mechanical failures? you decide.
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Jasoncw
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Post Number: 65
Registered: 07-2005
Posted From: 67.149.141.170
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 2:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope they had a nice view where they got stuck at.
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Freepy
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 69.112.57.164
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 2:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Perhaps this is a Detroit union response to not crossing the NYC subway picket line.
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Arab_guyumich
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Post Number: 704
Registered: 12-2004
Posted From: 24.192.47.93
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 2:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, everybody knows the Monorail song...but did y'all know that Conan O'Brian wrote that episode, and it won him an Emmy????

/Dorkus
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 1453
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 129.9.163.234
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 2:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

All motorized vehicles break down at one time or another. They are more apt to break down in the winter.

I've been stranded on just about every vehicle imaginable at one time or another. I even had to walk down from the top of the lift hill of the Gemini rollercoaster at Cedar point. The power went out in part of the park leaving us stranded at the top of the ride for 30 minutes. They didn't know when the power was coming on. They had us walk down the catwalk on the side of the lift hill. Scariest coaster ride I have ever had in my life.
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Hornwrecker
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Post Number: 586
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 65.140.157.150
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 2:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Jasoncw
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Post Number: 68
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"Yeah, everybody knows the Monorail song...but did y'all know that Conan O'Brian wrote that episode, and it won him an Emmy????"

I didn't know that, but after you said it, the episode does seem Conan O'Brian-ish. I like him, he's funny. Last night he bussed people around in New York. Got to see his old apartment! :-)
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Njmikey
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 168.238.128.4
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 4:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Could be worse....like in New York

7 million-plus -- Daily commuters affected
30,000-plus -- Transit workers on strike
$440 million-plus -- Daily economic loss to city
$1 million -- Daily fine imposed against Transport Workers Union
490 -- Subway stations affected
244 -- Bus routes affected
10,693 -- Buses and subway cars affected
55.7% -- New York City residents who don't own a car
24 F -- Temperature in New York at 9 a.m. ET

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Psip
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Post Number: 690
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If were going retro with the monorail concept, at least make the color scheme right.
Monorail
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Hornwrecker
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Post Number: 588
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 63.157.236.33
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You bastard, I just started working on a similar PS. Now that you've gone that far, cut out the blue background, and paste it over a downtown photo.

(Message edited by Hornwrecker on December 21, 2005)
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Busterwmu
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Post Number: 176
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Posted From: 67.102.76.132
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just find it highly amusing that whenever you make the sound of the people mover departing "chimes" and then hum the accelleration noise (rising pitch) EVERYONE knows what you're talking about... or making noise about... or making fun of... or whatever.

I was just on it a couple days ago for a trip around the city. What are the plans for the Grand Circus Park station and the David Whitney? Looks like they're doing a lot of work to the Whitney, so it would be good if they fixed up that station too. especially with the Super Bowl coming up.

The People Mover, like it or not, is a great way to get a view of the Downtown Area.
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Goat
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Post Number: 7939
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Posted From: 64.228.211.226
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They are building a new station.
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2833
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Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They aren't building a new station, I don't think. They are adding to the station to make it ADA compliant (handicapped accessible).
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Goat
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Post Number: 7940
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Posted From: 64.228.211.226
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mybad.
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Jt1
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Post Number: 6280
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 198.208.251.23
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think they should turn the people mover into an elevated running track. Cover the rails with some track surface. $1 per run and you get access the to entire loop or can get off at any stop.

Less maintenance, no breakdowns and you can set up concession stands at the PM stops.
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Goat
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Post Number: 7942
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Posted From: 64.228.211.226
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 6:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would rather adult-size Big Wheels...that would be fun!
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Hornwrecker
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Post Number: 589
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Posted From: 63.157.236.33
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 7:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

...or flood it and you can commute in a canoe; also add trout to draw in the fly fishing crowd. (Perfect venture for the future fish farm to stock.)
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Jt1
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Post Number: 6283
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Posted From: 198.208.251.23
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 7:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

World's biggest bobbing for apples next Halloween.

Maybe we can make it into a Luge track and have it the official US Olympic luge training facility.
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Sharmaal
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Post Number: 487
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Posted From: 136.2.1.153
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 7:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Winter Olympics in DETROIT!
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Psip
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Post Number: 699
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Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 6:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is a nice tour of a 1969 DRS bus.
http://groups.msn.com/metrobus /2621tour.msnw
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Compn
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Post Number: 41
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Posted From: 65.29.121.215
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 7:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

slow news day?

i'd hate to see the people mover during the superbowl. wayyyy to many people. someone should set up some live webcams for the people mover stations during the superbowl.
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Nellonfury
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Post Number: 57
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Posted From: 68.43.156.135
Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2005 - 6:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The People Mover is going to be SO pack on Super Bowl Sunday, the vistors will end up riding on it on the roof.
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The_nerd
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Post Number: 283
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 69.242.223.79
Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2005 - 11:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The people most likely to complian about the PM or mass transit systems in general are those most likely to demean them or refuse to fund them.

I would pay to see a full PM train sing the simpsons "Monorail"

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