The very first streetcar in the forthcoming QLINE rail system arrived in Detroit late Wednesday, roughly a month ahead of schedule, the first of six such cars that will service the Woodward Avenue corridor beginning in early 2017.
The QLINE will stretch 3.3 miles from West Grand Blvd to Congress Ave in Downtown. In an interview with QLINE communications officer Dan Lijana, Thrillist received more details about the streetcars. While the QLINE car’s sooner-than-expected arrival date doesn’t guarantee that service will also begin ahead of schedule, Lijana was able to provide a preview of the streetcar’s specifications and amenities.
The railcars will hold 125 people, said Lijana, though up to 200 might be able to fit, albeit with “a bit less personal space,” and not including the driver. The cars will feature free Wi-Fi, hanging bike racks, heating and cooling systems, and easy step-on step-off access that is ADA-compliant. Lijana shared that the cars, which are battery-powered, “will operate off the wire more than any other system in the country."