Rails Return to Detroit after 60 Years


It’s 1958 – Motown is singlehandedly taking over the music industry, Detroit is a thriving metropolis and all is right in this world. It’s also the last days of public railway transit in one of America’s largest cities. Until now. With the arrival of the state of the art QLine, Woodward experiences its first major facelift in 60 years – providing a blueprint for efficient and sustainable public railway transportation.

American Infrastructure Magazine writes:

“Though the project overall has been unique, the cars are innovative in their own ways. The three-piece, articulated cars, which hold an average of 125 passengers per car, and the stations have free Wi-Fi, are ADA accessible and climate-controlled, and have bicycle racks. A standout feature is the power source, a 750-volt lithium ion battery, which allows it to operate 80 percent off-wire, — the highest off-wire percentage of any American streetcar system — meaning fewer catenary wires run throughout the route.”

For historical context regarding this innovative project, check out American Infrastructure for future plans and the political efforts to make Detroit the model for urban railway transportation.