It’s here! The QLINE we’ve heard so much about these past few years launches their passenger service on Friday, May 12. Seniors and Medicaid recipients are able to ride the QLINE for 75 cents and general walk-up fare is priced at $1.50. Passengers are able to ride the QLINE an unlimited amount of times for three hours from the time of fare purchase.

The QLINE itself has 12 stops and 20 stations, with a good amount of them located near Detroit Department of Transportation SMART and Detroit People Mover stops. The closeness allows for ease of transportation switch-ups to get to where you need to be throughout the downtown areas.

In late spring, annual and monthly QLINE passes will be available for purchase. Other tickets can be purchased using the cash kiosk inside of the streetcar, by using the credit/debit card kiosk at the rail station or by using the free M-1 RAIL Mobile App.

Opening day (Friday, May 12) for the QLINE includes a weekend (May 12-14) full of family friendly events to celebrate the community. Local businesses are offering discounts on pizza, coffee, tickets specials to their establishments, free gifts with mention of the QLINE, drink specials, original QLINE cocktails, special performances at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, shopping specials, percentages off of full bills and more. Check out the huge list of offerings here.

The QLINE will run seven days a week. Hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, 4 a.m. – midnight
Saturday, 8 a.m. – midnight
Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The streetcars are set to run every 7-9 minutes during rush hour and special events and every 12-15 minutes during off peak times. The six streetcars have heat, air condition, free wifi, storage for up to four bicycles, an on-board camera system for security and priority seating for seniors and members of the ADA community. The 20 stations have heat lamps, security cameras, an emergency call box and community information screens with operational and safety info in English, Arabic and Spanish.

Sixteen operators control the 6.6 mile circulator and know how to safely navigate the system among buses, cards, pedestrians and cyclists in all types of weather.

Here’s the informational safety video prepared by the M-1 RAIL.

Check out the M-1 RAIL website at m-1rail.com for more information.

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Erica N Rakowicz/After 5


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