DETROIT —Today M-1 RAIL unveiled the design for the 20 streetcar stations along the QLINE route. The stations will recognize corporate and philanthropic partners whose support formed the foundation of the landmark public-private partnership that brought the QLINE streetcar project to life.
“The dream of bringing a modern streetcar to Detroit was made a reality by the visionary business and philanthropic leaders who stepped up to support the QLINE ,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “Our station sponsors and partners are working together to transform the Woodward Corridor into a vibrant destination to live, work and play.”
The Kresge Foundation, the project’s single largest contributor, led the fundraising effort with $50 million, to secure sponsors and assisted in the development of design concepts for the QLINE stations.
“This important step forward for the QLINE and M-1 RAIL should send a clear signal about what is possible when the public and private sectors break out of their silos and creatively address challenges,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. “These designs affirm that from streetcars to stations, our entire region will soon have world-class transportation at its heart. The system’s benefits will be real, tangible and felt far beyond lower Woodward.”
The 98-by-12 foot glass and concrete stations will recognize each sponsor with an individual custom Pewabic Pottery tile corresponding to their corporate brand along with a plaque commemorating their contribution to the project. ROSSETTI, a Detroit-headquartered architecture firm, developed the concept and design for QLINE stations.
Stations will also be Wi-Fi enabled, heated and equipped with security cameras, emergency phones, and next vehicle alert screens. A mobile app is also under development that will include rider-friendly alerts about the QLINE and how to connect with other modes of transit along the Woodward Corridor.
“We’re creating a rider-experience that will be safe, reliable and welcoming to everyone in the community,” said Cullen. “The stations are a terrific example of the private-public partnership driving this project and its benefit to Detroit residents and businesses.”
The twelve QLINE stops from Downtown to Midtown, New Center and the North End are sponsored by the following partners:
Each recognized station sponsorship came with a pledge to contribute $3 million, with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Compuware sharing the Canfield station. The $142 million project is also supported by the State of Michigan, Wayne County, the Downtown Development Authority, the U.S. Department of Transportation along with DTE, the Ford Foundation, the Hudson-Webber Foundation and Bank of America.
M-1 RAIL and MDOT celebrated the re-opening of Woodward Ave. earlier this week, a concurrent project that included the curb-to-curb reconstruction of 2.5 miles of roadway from Sibley Street to Chandler Street, installation of a new drainage system, new streetlights and traffic lights and the replacement of overpasses at I-94 and I-75. Work on the underground and vertical elements of the stations is well underway and will continue into 2017. The QLINE remains on schedule to begin passenger operations in the spring.