Kresge Foundation Extends Free Fare to all QLINE Riders Through Labor Day


Operations and Rider Experience Improvements Are Summer Focus of M-1 RAIL Team

The QLINE will extend free fares to all riders through Labor Day thanks to a generous contribution from The Kresge Foundation. During the nine-week extended free fare period, QLINE and its service provider, Transdev, will make specific operational and rider experience improvements to the new streetcar service, which opened to the public on May 12.

Station Information Kiosks

M-1 RAIL is working with its real-time transit information provider to improve accuracy of predicted streetcar arrivals.

Peak / off-peak operations

Additional operators are currently being trained and will be deployed in the coming weeks to allow the full implementation of a four-car service during off-peak operations and a five-car operation during peak service times.

Traffic Policy and Signal Preemption

QLINE operational policies have been revised to limit unnecessary time in traffic along the route. In addition, M-1 RAIL continues to work with MDOT and the City of Detroit to authorize signal priority at select intersections along Woodward Avenue, including:

  • Congress Ave. (complete)
  • Campus Martius (complete)
  • Burroughs St. (in process)
  • Montcalm St. (in process)

Stop Policy

QLINE station stops without passengers boarding or exiting the streetcar will be bypassed. The QLINE will stop at all stations with waiting passengers. It will also stop when onboard passengers push the “stop” button aboard the streetcar, indicating their intention to exit the streetcar.

Reducing Charge Times

The performance of the QLINE’s battery powering system has exceeded expectations, reducing the amount of time needed for vehicle charging along the route. The QLINE will begin to operate approximately 80% off-wire, eliminating approximately three minutes of battery charge time per round trip run.

Transit Police Enforcement

New development along Woodward Ave. has continued at an aggressive pace. M-1 RAIL continues to work closely with transit police to enforce policies that keep the QLINE route free of vehicle and construction obstructions.