ROSSETTI Gives First Glimpse of Detroit's QLINE
DETROIT, MI The first rendering of a QLINE Station was released 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, Michigan'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.
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.
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. "The stations are a terrific example of the private-public partnership driving this project and its benefit to Detroit residents and businesses."
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.