Detroit light rail system temporarily nixed by cold weather

January 31, 2019
The QLINE makes its way through the snow up Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit as a winter storm hits Michigan on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Tanya Moutzalias/Ann Arbor News via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s light rail system suspended service due for a few hours due to the extreme cold after streetcar batteries struggled to remain charged.

QLINE spokesman Dan Lijana told the Detroit Free Press in an email that heat was being run at full capacity in the cars at all times and “the level of cold right now drains the batteries rapidly.”

He said the cars must stay at stations longer than usual to charge and that affected operations, so officials decided to shut down Thursday morning to charge the cars. The QLINE reported on Twitter around midday Thursday that service resumed.

The light rail system’s route connects the downtown Detroit riverfront to the New Center Area.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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