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First Look at the Detroit QLine Stations

The first rendering of a QLINE Station was released today by M-1 Rail, showing the design planned for the 20 Detroit streetcar stations being built on Woodward Avenue.

The 98-foot by 12-foot stations from downtown's Congress Street to West Grand Boulevard at the edge of Detroit's North End will be heated and have security cameras, Wi-Fi, emergency phones and next-vehicle alert screens, according to a news release from M-1 Rail, the entity building the streetcar system.

In addition, the stations, which were designed by Detroit-based architectural firm ROSSETTI, "will recognize each sponsor with an individual custom Pewabic Pottery tile corresponding to their corporate brand along with a plaque commemorating their contribution to the project," the release said.

Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, touted the station design and what it will mean for the region. Kresge donated $50 million to the project and assisted in developing the station design.

“These designs affirm that from streetcars to stations, our entire region will soon have world-class transportation at its heart. The system’s benefits will be real, tangible and felt far beyond lower Woodward," Rapson said in a news release.

M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen said project sponsors are working to make the Woodward corridor a vibrant destination.

“We’re creating a rider experience that will be safe, reliable and welcoming to everyone in the community,” Cullen said in the release. “The stations are a terrific example of the private-public partnership driving this project and its benefit to Detroit residents and businesses.”

LIST OF STATION SPONSORS

  • Congress Street (Quicken Loans)
  • Campus Martius Park (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Grand Circus Park (Chevrolet)
  • Foxtown (Ilitch Holdings)
  • Sibley Street (Ilitch Holdings)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Detroit Medical Center)
  • Canfield Street (JPMorgan Chase  northbound and Compuware southbound)
  • Warren Avenue (Wayne State University)
  • Ferry Street (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
  • Amsterdam Street (Ford)
  • AmtrakWest (Penske)
  • West Grand Boulevard (Henry Ford Health System)

Some stops have one station, others have two, one on each side of Woodward. Station sponsorships required a pledge of $3 million with JPMorgan and Compuware splitting the cost for the Canfield stop. The $142-million streetcar project is expected to be operational in the spring.

Blog is from an original article written by Eric D. Lawrence for the Detroit Free Press. To be directed to the original article, click here.