The QLine opened a year ago. We want our money back!
This weekend marks a year since the QLine’s grand opening.
The total cost of the project was around $144 million, with almost $75 million coming from public funds. When the QLine opened on May 12th of 2017, Detroit Peoples Platform organized the WhyLine Action with over 100 people participating.
We gathered at multiple QLine stops and asked the important questions that no one else was asking.
Why does this development project use almost $75 million in public funds without a Community Benefit Agreement?
Why doesn’t the rest of the city have reliable public transit?
Why does the QLine exclude most Detroiters?
It’s been a year and now we’re not the only ones asking why.
More and more people recognize the injustice of using our public dollars without real public benefit. Based on an article in Bridge Magazine about the failure of the QLine to meet its numbers the press and media have become more critical of this example of transit gentrification.
One year in, Detroit’s QLine falling well short of expectations
QLine has fewer riders than expected, report says
How Detroit’s Streetcar Overlooked Real Transit Needs to Satisfy a Well-Connected Few
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Saturday, September 8, 2018
SEIU Local 1, 2211 East Jefferson Avenue