*Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Press Release
DETROIT-A small motorized inspection car called a “speeder” will travel on Woodward between Larned and Adams on Tuesday as part of ongoing construction testing for the QLINE. The speeder ensures that the route is free of obstructions taking into account the physical dimensions of the vehicle and ensures proper maintenance of traffic.
“Construction progress continues on schedule,” said M-1 RAIL Chief Operations Officer Paul Childs. “Speeder tests will be ongoing over the next few weeks, eventually covering the full 6.6 mile track. It’s one of nearly 1,000 tests we’ll be going through over the course of the project.”
The motorized speeder is operated by a driver and will be flanked from both ends by safety vehicles and travel slowly along Woodward. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are asked to keep a safe distance and obey all posted traffic signs throughout testing and remaining construction. Intermittent street closures will be in affect as part of the testing.
M-1 RAIL continues to work closely with City of Detroit departments in preparation for construction completion, ongoing testing and the start of passenger operations in early 2017.
As part of that effort, courtesy notices will be placed on vehicles impeding track access to remind motorists to avoid parking in roadway lanes where the QLINE will operate.
M-1 RAIL also announced today the installation of overhead catenary wiring along the route from Warren to Ferry and Congress to Larned. While the lines are not yet active, the public is urged to treat the wire as live. Additional testing will continue throughout the fall, including:
- Track power and efficiency testing
- Track switch access for emergency vehicles
- Electrical testing for the communications system and overhead catenary system
- Traction power substation readiness
- ADA compliance
QLINE construction is expected to be complete in 2016. To date,
- Track installation is 83% complete
- Station construction is over 40% complete
- Traction Power Substations (the facilities that will power the QLINE) are nearly 40% constructed
- Overhead Catenary System is 60% complete with 85% of the poles installed