Take a Ride on Detroit’s QLine

August 20, 2018  |   Photos by Bill Bowen, m-1rail.com

Discover The D’s newest mode of transportation.

After more than seven years in the making, excitement in Detroit has taken off as the city’s QLine (formerly M-1 RAIL) has to come to life. Construction activities began in late July on the $140 million streetcar line, and started operating in spring 2017.

The rail features six modern streetcars that transports more than 6,000 daily riders between its 20 stations. The 3.3-mile route also takes riders to and from DDOT and SMART stops, the Detroit People Mover, Amtrak, the Windsor Tunnel Bus and the proposed Bus Rapid Transit.

Some of Detroit’s largest business, educational, medical, cultural and entertainment destinations are connected by the system. During the construction period, great efforts were made to minimize disruption to these attractions as well as to residents and visitors.

M-1 RAIL Director of External Affairs Sommer Woods says the organization works diligently to communicate with businesses and stakeholders in advance so they can make the best possible decisions.

“People know there will be some challenges, but our outreach has been well-received because our goal is to help them be prepared,” said Woods. Woods adds that in general Detroiters are excited for the project, but understand there will be a little pain for long-term gain.

Detroit’s QLine is the first public streetcar line in the nation being supported by a public-private partnership comprised of foundations, corporations, and local, county, state and federal governments.

You can plan a whole Detroit itinerary just based off the QLine. Check out our QLine itinerary.

Visit m-1rail.com for updates on construction and traffic closures.