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First of QLine streetcars arrives for Woodward rail

The Detroit News

The first QLine rail car has arrived, signaling a milestone for the rail project along Woodward.

Expected to arrive Wednesday, two months ahead of schedule, the first car arrived even earlier, on Tuesday night and was headed to the Penske Tech Center on Woodward.

QLine rail cars are up to 66 feet long and can carry about 125 travelers per car. The $140 million project will stretch 3.3 miles on Woodward between Campus Martius downtown and New Center.

Five other cars are expected by the end of the year. Total cost for the six is $32 million.

Officials plan for service, in which about 60 percent of the streetcar system will be off wire, to start in spring 2017.