Since construction began in 2014, several names have been swirling about for Detroit’s modern streetcar, encompassing a 6.6 mile loop from downtown Detroit through West Grand Boulevard. Today, Quicken Loans pulled back the curtain, announcing QLINE (pronounced Q–LINE) as the name for the new project.
Construction on the project is proceeding as planned, and QLINE is expected to begin operation early next year connecting the city in a way not seen in more than a half century.
From the Congress Street station downtown to the last station in the North End, Detroiters and visitors from surrounding communities will be able to explore the city in a fast and convenient way.
“The launch of QLINE marks a significant moment in the development of Detroit. Quicken Loans is proud to play our part in the beginning stages of modernizing the transit system in our burgeoning urban core,” says Jay Farner, president and chief marketing officer of Quicken Loans.
QLINE is expected to become a catalyst for economic growth, as has been experienced by so many other communities that have implemented similar streetcar systems, including Portland, Dallas, Denver and Seattle
“Community after community has benefitted from the economic benefits of urban rail systems. Each day we are getting more excited for the launch of QLINE and all the possibilities it will open for our community and our residents,” added M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen.