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QLine streetcar tagged with graffiti

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are investigating an overnight vandalism of one of the new QLine streetcars, which was tagged with large graffiti on its side, authorities said.

Police officials say a vandal got through the gated area where the streetcars are housed and sprayed graffiti on half of one of the cars sometime after midnight early Monday morning.

“We are waiting to get more information. At this time, we don’t have the image or the video yet,” police spokeswoman Kenyetta Hebron said.

M-1 Rail officials declined to comment and referred the issue to police.

The $140 million QLine project is scheduled to formally open in the spring. Construction of the streetcar system began in July 2014. It was led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local, state and federal governments.

It’ll feature streetcars traveling on Woodward along 3.3 miles of one-way track from downtown Detroit to the city’s New Center area. It will have 12 stops.

Each streetcar, which is 66 feet long, 15 feet high and weighs 87,000 pounds, can travel at speeds of up to 35 mph. Each will also seat 125-200 people.

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