QLine halts streetcar service after underground water main break

The QLine stop outside the Little Caesars Arena. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling

A water main break and “dangerous ice conditions” on Woodward has prompted the QLine streetcars to halt service until late Sunday.

Streetcar service stopped at 8 p.m. Saturday after an underground pipe broke, sending water gushing onto Woodward. The single-digit temperatures caused ice to accumulate on the road.

Emergency utility crews were dispatched to the scene.

“We will provide updates as they come in,” the QLine tweeted.

Since the highly touted Qline launched in May 2017, the streetcars have been beset with crashes, service disruptions, slow speeds, long wait times and diminishing ridership.

In a two-part series in April, Motor City Muckraker revealed the unexpected shortcomings and dangers of the modern streetcar renaissance.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.