All aboard! The highly anticipated QLINE is up and running on Woodward Avenue. We took an early ride to answer all of your questions about the newest addition to Detroit’s transportation scene. Here’s what we found out:
Where are the stations?
The QLINE has 20 stations at 12 stops on a 3.3 mile span down Woodward. The QLINE starts at Penske Station on Woodward and Grand Boulevard and drives south on Woodward to its last stop on Congress to charge for 3 to 5 minutes then turns around to head back north.
How much does it cost?
The QLINE costs $1.50 for single fare tickets, ride all day for $3, monthly passes are available for $30 and annual passes are $285. Discounts are available for seniors, students and others.
What are the hours?
Hours of operation are:
- Sunday-Thursday 8 am – 8 pm
- Friday-Saturday 8 am – 10 pm
During these hours, cars will run every 8 to 12 minutes.
How does it work?
The QLINE is a modern streetcar operated by a driver who controls the car. The cars run on-wire between Henry and Canfield and off-wire on a fixed rail. Cars have a special street light that allows them to get a 30-second head start before all other traffic.
How can drivers and pedestrians stay safe near the QLINE?
As the first streetcar in years, getting used to this transportation will be an adjustment so pedestrians and drivers are encouraged to pay close attention to their surroundings. Although the car only reaches speeds up to 30 mph, it weighs 87,000 pounds so it takes longer for it to come to a complete stop.
What’s the closest stop to the GMRENCEN?
The last stop on the QLINE’s route is Congress and it’s only a couple blocks away from the GMRENCEN. Now it will be much easier for people who work and stay in the building to get to midtown for games, shows and other events.
For more information about the QLINE, visit qlinedetroit.com.
Are you excited to take a ride on the QLINE? Have you already taken a ride? Let us know about your experience in the comment section.