Detroiters Quickly Quantify Quality of the QLINE

By: Ryan Burklow

In recent years, there have been few cities that have been home to more exciting projects and developments than Detroit. Last week, Michiganders from all over the state poured into the Motor City to ride one of the city’s most anticipated new developments — the QLine.

After taking part in the inaugural run less than a month ago, Gov. Rick Snyder was in Detroit once again to join Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Dan Gilbert and other local, state and business leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the QLine.

During his remarks, Gov. Snyder praised the unprecedented private and public partnership that was so critically important to getting this project done. Since 2015, there has been an influx of private capital, public incentives, and residential and mixed-use developments along either side of the Q-Line capitalizing on the increased traffic.

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“The Q-Line will be instrumental in further connecting Detroit,” Gov. Snyder said. “By providing increased access to more Detroit businesses, the line will further strengthen the city’s economic resurgence and enhance the quality of life for Detroit residents and all Michiganders.”

While at the grand opening celebration, Gov. Snyder made it clear that he hopes this project is just the beginning of an enhanced regional transit system for Southeast Michigan.

According to M-1 Rail, the company responsible for running the QLine, “M‐1 RAIL, was formed by private sector and philanthropic leaders in 2008, as a result of Super Bowl XL when the need for reliable transit alternatives became more evident, to provide connections to key Detroit destinations within the Downtown, Midtown and New Center areas.”

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Originally meant to last only through the line’s opening weekend, M-1 Rail recently announced that due to overwhelming demand, rides on the Q-Line will be free throughout the streetcar’s first week.