QLine streetcar to be tested on Woodward on Tuesday

The Detroit News

Detroit — A QLine streetcar will hit Woodward for the first time on Tuesday in its debut for testing.

The streetcar will be towed without passengers by a vehicle for “the full 6.6-mile loop as part of the regular testing protocol” Tuesday morning, according to M-1 Rail officials.

Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and M-1 Rail executives will hold a news conference ahead of the testing.

The final M-1 Rail line track was welded together last month, paving the way for the testing of the rail line.

The $140 million project is slated to formally open in 2017, with cars traveling on Woodward along 3.3 miles of one-way track from downtown Detroit to New Center. It will travel at speeds of up to 35 mph, officials said.

The streetcar is sleek and shiny in red and white and adorned with QLine lettering. It’s 66 feet long, 15 feet high and 87,000 pounds.

The streetcar, officials say, will seat from 125 to 200 people.