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Detroit, Michigan



This grant will provide support for M-1 RAIL (M-1) to close an expected shortfall in operating revenue for the QLINE streetcar system, a 3.3-mile circulating streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 2007, M-1 RAIL is an unprecedented public-private partnership and model for regional collaboration with the QLINE serving as the first major transit project led and funded by both private businesses, philanthropic organizations, in partnership with  governmen. In addition to providing an economic catalyst for Detroit that drives $7 billion in development along Woodward Corridor, the QLINE serves as a platform for generating transit-oriented development on a regional scale and the project had a pivotal role in the establishment of the Regional Transportation Authority in December 2012, an historic effort intended to be the first link in developing a transit system that connects all parts of metropolitan Detroit.