The QLine's first weekend came and went. And Model D is here to recap opinions, observations, news, and more on the first streetcar to drive along Detroit's streets in over 60 years.
Crain's Detroit Business put together a useful primer on the QLine
in one of the publication's Special Editions. Check out articles on potential expansion, construction timeline, and safety, which has been a concern amongst transit experts.
There's even a safety video
on the QLine's own website (see below).
Riders could take the QLine as much as they wanted on opening weekend. They rode so much, in fact, that the system saw some delays, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press
. Because of a few issues on opening weekend, the QLine will continue to be free all week
, according to the Detroit News.
During normal traffic hours, it will take around 20-25 minutes to ride the length of the 3.3-mile track. The QLine does not have right of way, must obey traffic lights, and cannot exceed Woodward Avenue's 30 MPH speed limit.
Also, check out this blog post
on all the destinations riders can visit along each of the QLine's 12 stations.
QLINE Detroit - Driver Safety from M-1 RAIL Detroit on Vimeo.