Why Dallas’ failing streetcars could spell trouble for Detroit.
New streetcars are slow, unreliable, over-budget, accident-prone and vulnerable to mechanical failures, according to an exhaustive examination of the nine systems that opened since 2013.
The QLine hasn’t opened to the public yet, but it has already been hit with graffiti.
Taxpayers are being asked to pay for the operations of the M-1 streetcars, but rail officials refuse to discuss escalating costs.
The QLine is slower than expected and may force some local buses to be rerouted.
Woodward Avenue is unrecognizable in some areas as crews begin laying rails for Detroit’s M-1 streetcars.
The twin rails have been buried beneath the road for decades after the streetcar system ended service in 1956 to make way for buses.