By Eden Baniel
Jamie Leeds, a University of Michigan student, recently rode the Detroit Connector for the first time to watch a Detroit Pistons game at Little Caesars Arena. As a first time rider, Jamie shared her experience through a brief interview.
Question: How were you planning on getting to Detroit?
Answer: “I was worried at first that I wasn’t going to make it to the game because I don’t have a car. I asked my friend who was coming with me if she knew anyone with a car we could borrow, but she couldn’t find anyone. It just felt like things were getting too complicated, and we didn’t know if it was worth it to keep trying to find a way to get to Detroit.”
Q: How did you eventually chose to use the Detroit Connector?
A: “My friend had heard from someone who is in CSG [Central Student Government] that there’s a bus called the Detroit Connector that could take us to the game. After looking at the prices, we decided to try it out.”
Q: How was your experience taking the bus?
A: “Honestly, I had a great time taking the Connector. My friend brought her backpack and did her homework the entire time, but I just put my seat back and relaxed with my headphones in. I also thought the driver was especially nice. He kept telling us how much mileage we were saving by taking the Connector instead of driving and it made me feel great.”
Q: How was your experience overall?
A: “I had an amazing time. Since we arrived in Detroit so early, we decided to do some shopping around Woodward Avenue.”
Q: Where did you end up shopping and how did you spend the rest of your time before coming back to Ann Arbor?
A: “I made a point to go to the small boutiques that were in Woodward Market because they carried clothes I knew I could only find in Detroit, which seemed more unique. Afterwards, we walked around Campus Martius Park for a while, but then we started to get a bit cold, so we went to a coffee shop called Urban Bean and ordered the Mexican hot chocolate.”
Q: Did you have dinner at the area or somewhere else in the city?
A: “We wanted to eat at Little Caesars because they have a Mike’s Pizza Bar inside. I heard such incredible things about their pizza, so I was really excited to try it. The game was super fun, too. All in all, the trip was a huge success.”
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
A: “I’m thankful there was an option for getting to Detroit that was so affordable. If it wasn’t for the Connector, I don’t think we would have made it to the game.”
The Connector Destinations Blog is not an official University endorsement, and is based solely on the opinion of the author.