The QLINE celebrates its grand opening today, Friday May 12, marking the first time in nearly 60 years that Detroit will have a streetcar system operating on Woodward Avenue.
Gathered together at Detroit’s Grand Circus Park, the launch of the QLINE was preceded by speeches and marching band performances, all in eager anticipation to kickoff the historic event. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert, were just a few in attendance.
In celebration of this momentous occasion, passengers will enjoy free rides this weekend starting today and ending Sunday, May 14 with a $1.50 cost for three hours starting Monday, May 15.
This truly is a vision that came to fruition by the generous and dedicated investors and partnerships working tirelessly for the past 10 years to get a public transportation system rolling (literally!)
The impact is incalculable, providing affordable public transportation that runs down Woodward Avenue and connects the 6.6 miles circulating Downtown, Midtown, New Center and North End areas of Detroit with 12 stations and 20 locations.
The Lowdown on the Streetcars and Stations
The three-section, 66-feet-long and 15-feet-high streetcars, can accommodate 125 standing or 34 seated passengers, complete with hooks for bicycles and level boarding for wheelchairs and strollers. The cars are equipped with heating and cooling for comfort and Wi-Fi for convenience.
The stations are also equipped with heat, Wi-Fi and a kiosk for purchasing tickets with a credit card, for convenience. They also feature a screen that maps the next streetcar arrival.
The QLINE not only provides the opportunity to safely and effectively move down the busy streets of Woodward Avenue; the construction spurred billions of dollars in investment, sparking new job opportunities and an increased value to the city.
According to the Detroit Free Press, 15 operators, six technicians, five supervisors and two foremen operate the QLINE; 52% of workers are from Detroit, 69% from Wayne County.
Surrounding the excitement of Detroit’s first streetcar in 60 years, the Drunken Rooster Food Truck will be serving up food from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
A free concert will kickoff the weekend, located on the front porch of the Qube, featuring special guest Svet, an electro-hip hop violinist featured on America’s Got Talent.
Additionally, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will be conducting multiple performances on Friday and Saturday, followed by a performance from the Hardcore Detroit dance team from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 welcomes the Fleur Detroit flower truck, a perfect opportunity to get flowers for Mother’s Day, followed by DSO performances from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with the Hardcore Detroit dance team following from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Lastly, enjoy free Bon Bon Bon samples on Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to all those who get on or off the QLINE at the Congress Street Station.
A Walk in the Park
Not only is this an exciting day in Detroit public transportation, the launch of the QLINE inspired the grand opening of a new public space located on two Woodward Avenue medians, just south of Campus Martius.
The space will include public art installations and walkways, with food trucks, unique seating options, live entertainment, colorful art, beautiful landscaping and other attractions. The new space creates a connection from Campus Martius Park to the Congress Street QLINE Station.
QLINE Schedule and Ticket Prices
The streetcar runs:
- Monday – Thursday from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- Friday 6:00 a.m. – midnight
- Saturday 8:00 a.m. – midnight
- Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Holiday hours expected to vary.
A typical ride during “peak hours” are expected to take anywhere between 20 – 25 minutes.
Full list of pricing:
- Three hours: $1.50
- Seniors, disabled riders, Medicare cardholders: $0.75
- Day passes: $3
- Monthly pass: $40
- Annual pass: $285
Trains start rolling down Woodward Avenue at 11:00 a.m. today, creating new connections for those who live, work and play in Detroit.
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