Gallery: The QLine Rolls Down Woodward and Packs in Riders


After remarks by a number of dignitaries including Gov. Rick Snyder, Mayor Mike Duggan and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, the QLINE streetcar system began operating Friday morning on Woodward Avenue.

At around 10:20 a.m.,the first train carried VIPs south from Grand Circus Park until the end of the track at Larned Street and returned to pick up journalists and public riders.  It was a festive mood and included an eclectic group of folks, among them, 71-year-old Detroiter Jesus McNair, who wore a President Obama mask in honor of first black president.

"This is wonderful," McNair said. "I'm proud to be part of the first ride."

Some dignitaries said they hope to see the system stretch far beyond 3.3 miles.

Rides are free until Monday. Daily rides are $1.50 and $3 for the day.  Seniors and Medicaid card holders pay 75 cents. Longer passes are $30 for a month and $285 for a year. Group passes are available. Children up to 44 inches tall ride free with an adult.

A free iPhone app for ticket buying is at the iTunes Store.

The operator for the first official trip.

VIPs board the train for the first ride.

Many dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Jesus McNair, 71, wearing a President Obama mask. He said he loved President Obama.


They can say: "When I was a kid back in 2017, I rode the first QLine streetcar."


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