Free QLINE fares extended until Labor Day

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published July 12, 2017

 Those who support the construction of the QLINE trolley system say it marks the beginning in a new push for affordable and effective public transportation in southeastern Michigan.

Those who support the construction of the QLINE trolley system say it marks the beginning in a new push for affordable and effective public transportation in southeastern Michigan.

Photo by Donna Agusti

DETROIT — The QLINE light rail, which opened to the public May 12, is extending its free fares promotion to all riders through Labor Day thanks to a contribution from the Kresge Foundation.

The trolley line runs 3 miles up and down Woodward Avenue between midtown and downtown Detroit. The Kresge Foundation committed to cover expected ridership revenue from July 1 through Sept. 4, in addition to the foundation’s initial $50 million investment in the project.

The QLINE served more than 100,000 riders during its first month, with average vehicle wait times of 20 minutes Mondays through Saturdays and 30 minutes on Sundays. Improving the consistency of service and lowering wait times is a top priority for M-1 Rail. Overall, those running the rail system are pleased with progress so far.

“We are thrilled by the enthusiastic reception the QLINE has received in Detroit and across the region,” M-1 Rail CEO Matt Cullen said in a press release. “We’re building toward our ridership goals and appreciate the support of the Kresge Foundation to provide complimentary service for all riders while we make service improvements that will ensure we can sustain the early success of the QLINE. The vehicles have been performing beyond our expectations. We’ve experienced no major issues, and rider feedback has been very positive.”