Detroit receives first streetcar for new light rail system


DETROIT, Mich. – The first streetcar for Detroit’s new light rail system has arrived in the city.

The QLINE streetcar was delivered Tuesday night, nearly two months ahead of initial projections. Final assembly and mechanical checks will be completed over the next few weeks before the streetcar makes its first appearance on Woodward Avenue.

Passenger operations are scheduled to start in spring 2017.  It is the culmination of the M-1 RAIL initiative that began in 2007.

The $140 million project will extend 3.3 miles north along Woodward from downtown. The three-piece streetcars are each 66 feet long and will carry an average of 125 passengers per car.  It will also feature Amtrak access, linking the system to other cities such as Chicago and East Lansing.

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