As service begins on the 3.3-mile stretch of Detroit’s QLINE light rail, riders will be jumping on at 20 new stations designed by Detroit-based ROSSETTI, in collaboration with AECOM. The rail runs into Downtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and Grand Boulevard. New drone footage released by ROSSETTI lets you see the new station and the QLINE in action as it glides into the heart of the city.
“Our goal was to create minimal and elegant structures that were both transparent and durable. We wanted the shelters to be visually identifiable as part of the QLINE rail system,” Jon Disbrow, Principal and Architectural Lead at ROSSETTI, explained in a press release. “But simple enough that they would blend into the context of the various locations where they would be placed.”
The stations are divided into two typologies. The base station type consists of a set of amenities that are shared by all of the stations. Meanwhile, the other is designed to accommodate possible future public space, art, additional setting, bike racks, and other amenities.
Each of the 98-foot-long stations is distinguished by a different color of Detroit’s Pewabic tile. In addition to this, each station is also equipped with heating for cold Detroit winters, concrete bench seating, WiFi access, security cameras, emergency phones, and ticket vending machines. The pre-cast concrete used for the stations includes an anti-graffiti admixture, and partitions are constructed out of durable laminated glass.
Take a tour of the new rail line with this drone footage (below) of the new stations.