Detroit Free Press answers your M-1 RAIL questions

Posted: 03/11/14

Detroit Free Press

Read the story: M-1 Rail nears groundbreaking amid hopes for a broader regional system

Question: What will a ride cost?

Answer: A basic walk-up fare is expected to be $1.50. But there will be discounts for seniors and veterans, as well as corporate discounts and multiple-ride passes.

Q: Can an M-1 passenger transfer to regular buses or the People Mover?

A: Planners hope to offer a “one-fare” pass to transfer between different modes, but that’s not settled yet.

Q: How many station stops will there be?

A: Eleven and possibly 12 (see route map).

Q: Where will the tracks run?

A: The tracks will run curbside along with traffic north and south. The streetcars can be driven in either direction without turning around.

Q: How long will the ride take from end to end?

A: About 15 to 18 minutes, depending on vehicle traffic. The cars will average about 11 m.p.h. over the entire route, including stops for red lights.

Q: How long will I have to wait for a car to come along?

A: About seven to eight minutes maximum during peak travel hours, more during off-peak hours.

Q: Will the service operate every day of the year?

A: Yes, although service will be curtailed during the annual Winter Blast, the Thanksgiving Day parade on Woodward, and celebrations that occupy Woodward Avenue like a Stanley Cup parade.

Q: How many passengers can a car carry?

A: About 120 maximum seated and standing.

Q: Can I bring my bicycle on board?

A: Yes.

Q: Will the cars be accessible by people with disabilities?

A: Yes, fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Q: How many cars will M-1 operate?

A: The plan is to buy six cars, operating five and keeping one in reserve.

Q: How will the cars be powered?

A: By a combination of batteries or other rechargeable power packs and, in one or two places, by overhead wires.

Q: Will there be a driver on board, or will the cars be automated?

A: There will be a driver.

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