Q-LINE to be Free Through June 30

Free rides on Detroit’s QLINE streetcar system are being extended through June 30.

The 3.3-mile line opened on May 12 and ridership has averaged 8,300 on Friday through Sunday and 5,120 on Monday through Thursday.

The system has also had some teething problems, including long waits.

Thus far only four of the system’s Brookville articulated streetcars have been operating, leading to waiting times as long as 45 minutes. The average wait time is scheduled to be 20 minutes.

M-1 Rail Chief Executive Officer Matt Cullen said delaying collecting fares “will help integrate the streetcar into daily commutes and provide the necessary time for educating the riding public about riding the system.”

M-1 Rail, which operates the streetcar network, also said extending the introductory period will allow a refinement of operations to accommodate demand.

Street teams will be assigned to station stops to assist riders in navigating the system and connecting to their destinations.

The QLine runs down Woodward Avenue between downtown Detroit and the New Center business district.

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