the next generation of transportation shelters
ROSSETTI has been working with M-1 Rail, the owner and operator of the QLINE to design the new stations located along the 3.3 mile stretch of Woodward Avenue. ROSSETTI designed each 98-foot x 12-foot glass and concrete station with a strong modern form that blends with the civic architecture of Detroit to house the 'smart' amenity and sponsor features. Each location incorporates a different color of Pewabic tile, the iconic ceramic tile unique to Detroit. Space for sponsorship was also incorporated into the design. Each station honors the corporate and philanthropic partners whose support brought the QLINE street car to life. Rider amenities at every QLINE station include heating, concrete bench seating, sufficient lighting, WIFI access, a security camera, ticket vending machines, emergency phone and next-vehicle alert screens. The shelters are made of precast concrete with an anti-graffiti admixture with five-panel glass partitions. Concrete was selected for its durability and simplicity. Laminated glass was selected for its durability and ability to protect the graphics. Extreme care was taken to promote transparency between areas behind the shelters and the station platforms for user safety and to minimize obstruction to circulation.