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.
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#ServiceAlert: Due to a water main break on Woodward and dangerous icing conditions the QLINE has halted service until tomorrow at 4 pm. We will provide updates as they come in.
— QLINE Detroit (@qlinedetroit) January 7, 2018
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 lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.