The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

QLine Gets More Tax Money

Jan 9, 2023

In a bill signed by Governor Whitmer in December, yet more tax money is going to subsidize the 3.3-mile QLine streetcars that run from the New Center Area, down Woodward to downtown Detroit. The 85 million dollar spending plan would continue for the next 17 years, at $5 million a year, and that money is to come from hotel and liquor taxes.

For the likes of businessmen, especially the high rollers of Detroit, like Dan (Rocket Mortgage/Bedrock) Gilbert, this is another win. It helps to build up the businesses in downtown and Midtown and the New Center area. These businessmen want tourists to frequent their restaurants, sports arenas, and go to concerts along that Woodward Avenue Corridor.

Because the QLine is for tourists. Heaven forbid that tourists have to actually ride in a bus, with ordinary working class and poor people, who are the ones who ride the buses—when there are any.

Heaven forbid that we actually have a functioning, efficient, timely mass transit system that would allow people to actually get to their jobs—not just within the 3.3 miles that the QLine covers, but all over the Detroit Metropolitan area.

And P.S. Sometimes you can actually walk and get downtown faster than the QLine travels on that 3 mile stretch!