DETROIT – The QLINE reached an important milestone today as construction crews welded the final pieces of rail, completing installation and connection of the 6.6-mile streetcar route on Woodward Ave.
“Today marks the end of QLINE track construction,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “We’re entering a new phase of the project that will see Woodward Ave. reopened to traffic and QLINE cars soon making their first appearance on the track for training and testing.”
Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs directed construction crews to begin the final weld at 12:30 p.m. to complete connection of the route. Today’s thermite weld was one of more than 1,000 total welds since September 2014. The process requires a crew of up to ten people including four welders and two operators.
“Our team has worked seven days a week, rain or shine, to keep QLINE construction on schedule,” said Childs. “We’ve installed 34,000 feet of track, nearly 400,000 lbs. of rebar and poured over 12,000 yards of concrete to date. We want to thank the residents and business owners along the route who have worked with us every step of the way. Construction is close to completion.”
The QLine remains on schedule to reopen Woodward Ave. in advance of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van and expects to receive their third vehicle from Brookville Equipment Corporation in late November.
The three-piece streetcars are each 66 feet long and will carry an average of 125 passengers per car. The QLINE will share the road, traveling with traffic on Woodward Ave. at speeds up to 35 mph. The QLINE streetcars will feature wi-fi access for passengers, vertical bicycle racks and HVAC unit to keep passengers comfortable during all weather seasons. The QLINE will allow for station-level access for pedestrians as well as persons who use mobility assistance devices such as wheelchairs.
Hiring for streetcar operators and maintenance technicians is now underway. The deadline to apply is November 23, 2016. For more information, click here.