The QLine – Detroit’s Newest Benefit
Friday, May 12th, 2017 Detroit’s newest perk, The QLine, kicked off its opening weekend. The long-anticipated transit method started its weekend with a press conference before opening the streetcars for public use.
To relieve any apprehensions residents may have felt toward the transit program, all rides during opening weekend (May 12th-14th) are free as part of their opening celebrations. To capitalize on the buzz of the new line, many surrounding businesses of the travel path conducted their own celebratory discounts and specials.
The QLine is boasting an affordable rate, making it a highly sought after, inexpensive means of public transportation. A walk-up rate of $1.50 is available, which is good for up to three hours from purchase. Passengers with this fare method are able to get on and off the streetcar as much as they like within the three hour period. Senior citizens only pay an astounding $0.75, with kids under 44” being free when accompanied by an adult. For a full day, expect to pay $3.00. Monthly passes will run a rider $30, with a yearly pass totaling out at $285.
In order to make purchasing passes as seamless as possible, the QLine offers a range of payment options. There is an app available for smart phones and tablets which will allow passengers to make payments through your mobile device. The app also notifies the user of upcoming arrivals of streetcars. Each station will have automated machines for purchasing through the use of a credit/debit card and each streetcar will have a machine onboard for cash payments. The website—which is yet to be launched—is said to accept payments, as well. If you’re looking to purchase your pass with a money order or check, visit the Penske Tech Center.
Currently, the hours in which the streetcars will be active are as follows—Monday through Thursday 6am-11pm, Friday 6am-12am, Saturday 8am-12am, and Sunday 8am-8pm.
News Source: https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/5/15560470/qline-streetcar-m1rail-price-hours
Image Source: http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2017/04/18/part-2-failing-dallas-streetcars-red-flags-detroits-qline/