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Detroit is trying to Bring Back its Old Glory with QLine Streetcars

Detroit is trying to Bring Back its Old Glory with QLine Streetcars

In 1800’s Detroit was known for its horse-drawn rail cars, which was replaced in 1892, by electric-powered rail cars. The launching of QLine today is one way this once beautiful and respected American city is trying to bring back its lost glory.

Detroit was once one of those iconic American cities that prospered during the industrial revolution. What we see today is a city in turmoil, and impoverish, mostly attributable to bad management, and white flight, a term known as large-scale migration of people from the city to the suburbs.

In preparation to launch the QLine, one city official is quoted as saying, “we are bringing rail transit back to the heart of the city and connecting the Woodward Corridor in a way that’s already begun to transform the entire district.” I hope he or she is right, because this new transit has some vocal critics, who believed that it is a waste city’s money which should have been spent on more city buses.

The silver lining, however, no matter what side of the argument you’re on, should be the fare to ride the QLine. $1.50 for three hours of ride is not too bad.

treetcar is air-conditioned, has bike racks, and carries about 125 passengers.


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