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5 more QLINE streetcars expected; next one arrives tonight

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Courtesty of M-1 Rail

Expect to see more of these sharp red streetcars in Detroit soon. The first one arrived last month, and the second should be in Detroit Wednesday night.

“M-1 RAIL will be receiving a new vehicle approximately ever five weeks until we have the full fleet of six streetcars from Brookville,” said M-1 RAIL Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs. “Our delivery schedule and testing remain on schedule. Later this fall, Detroiters can expect to see the QLINE’s first appearance on the track for testing.”

The three-piece QLINE streetcars are each 66 feet long and will carry an average of 125 passengers per car. The QLINE will travel down Woodward at speeds up to 35 mph.

One change we hope to see more of is increased hours. Last week, the M-1 rail said they’d expand hours to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, which is way better than 10pm, but it might help to have them open until at least 2am for the people who are out late.

The QLINE streetcars will have wi-fi access for passengers, vertical bicycle racks and and HVAC units to control the temperature. The QLINE will have station-level access for pedestrians as well as persons who use mobility assistance devices such as wheelchairs.