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.

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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.