QLINE Modifies Fares to Match Bus Systems and Encourage Transit Use

The QLINE is joining Dart, Metro Detroit’s regional transit payment system to help riders connect throughout the region and make moving between the bus systems and the streetcar easier than ever before. QLINE will modify its fare structure to match its partners at DDOT and SMART. Beginning October 1, 2019,

M-1 RAIL will sell two regional fares:

  • A 4-hour regional Dart pass with unlimited transfers between systems for $2 with a reduced fare price of $.50  for qualified riders.
  • A 24-hour regional Dart pass with unlimited transfers between systems for $5, with a reduced price of $2.

Dart’s 7-day and 31-day passes will also be accepted on the streetcar.

“QLINE was always envisioned as a catalyst for the creation of a true regional transit system,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “Joining DDOT and SMART on a unified payment system is another important step toward that goal. It will encourage the use of public transit and help connect the region.”

QLINE passengers and bus riders will have the ability to take unlimited rides on all systems, eliminating transfers and other additional fees from the previous payment systems. Under the Dart program, passes are rolling with each pass starting on the first use for the time period allotted. The new regional passes are available for reduced fare riders – seniors, people with disabilities, Medicare Cardholders, and students in grades 9-12 and youth ages six to 18 – who show valid ID.

QLINE will eliminate its 3-hour and day-pass fares on September 30, 2019, transitioning to Dart’s 4-hour and 24-hour passes. The QLINE’s monthly pass program will continue for the remainder of 2019 with passes available at a cost of $30 to ride unlimited on the streetcar. All QLINE-specific passes purchased but not yet activated will be honored on the streetcar until September 1, 2020.

“Transit users want options and service that takes them where they need to go,” said Cullen. “This partnership delivers value, connectivity and choices for all who work, live and play along the Woodward Corridor.”

For more information about Dart, visit www.paywithdart.org.