Detroit's M-1 RAIL entered into a contract with Transdev for the operations and maintenance of the QLINE.
Transdev will be responsible for all aspects of operations and maintenance, including hiring staff, training and managing streetcar operators, service operations, dispatch, vehicle and track maintenance, and fare enforcement.
The initial five-year contract for $15.5 million is renewable for up to five additional years.
QLINE will facilitate intermodal connections to all forms of transportation in the city and region, including DDOT and SMART buses, the Detroit People Mover, the Amtrak railway station in New Center and bicycle routes. Neighborhoods throughout the Woodward Corridor will be pedestrian friendly, supporting local business growth and new residential development.
The project also includes a rebuild of Woodward Ave. from curb-to-curb along the 3.3 mile route, including new streetlights powered by the project, new drainage, and underground water and utility lines. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.