DETROIT – The new QLINE Streetcar will finally arrive in Detroit on May 12th, 2017. The new streetcar system, will celebrate its grand opening with a special event at Grand Circus Park. The Grand Opening event will begin with a morning press conference featuring elected officials and dignitaries and will be followed by an inaugural first-ride down Woodward Ave. TheQLINE will open to the public by Friday afternoon.
The three-piece, articulated cars are 66 feet long and carry 125 passengers on average. They will travel the maximum speed on Woodward — 35 m.p.h. — and stop for traffic lights. QLINE streetcars are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), allowing for station-level access for pedestrians, and persons who use mobility assist devices such as wheelchairs. The modern streetcars are wi-fi enabled with vertical back racks and a heating and cooling system. The cars are powered by a 750-volt lithium ion battery, operating 60% off-wire, the highest percentage of any streetcar system in the United States.
The QLINE will operate from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. – midnight on Saturday, and from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on M-1 RAIL and the QLINE Streetcar Line, please visit QLINEdetroit.com