QUARTA

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QUARTA QLine Metro
QUARTA QLine Metro Car in station
QUARTA QLine Metro Car in station
Overview
OwnerQuentinsburgh Urban Area Rapid Transit Authority
Area servedQuentinsburgh and surrounding areas
Transit typeBus, Trolley/Tram
 Metro (QLine), Commuter Rail (QCommute)
Number of lines14 (Metro)
Line numbers1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, CS, AX
Operation
Began operation1930
First departure4:00am (start of day service)
Last arrivalSystem is 24 hours (though reduced night service operates from midnight to 4:00am)
Technical
Tracks4-tracked mostly
Network Map
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QUARTA, or Quentinsburgh Urban Area Rapid Transit Authority, is the primary provider of mass transit/ public transportation in the Quentinsburgh, Freedemia metropolitan Area.

Contents

History

QUARTA was created in 1930 with the creation of the first functional subway line, now part of Line 1, then running under James Street and Mark Street in downtown Quentinsburgh. Within ten to fifteen years it had expanded to a two-branch line known as the "Red Line Subway". As the system expanded, this naming would be dropped for named lines. In the late 50's, a "Blue Line Subway" was added to the system, and by the early 80's the system had expanded to be seen as simply the QUARTA Subway, with Red Lines, Blue Lines, Green Lines and Orange Lines. Finally, in the mid 80's with the addition of several new lines, QUARTA switched over to the numbering system they use now for subway lines.

This image shows the progression from the original two-branch "Red Line Subway" to the system that was originally proposed for 2016.
Historical logo from the early 1940s.

Historically, QUARTA primarily ran the metro system and FCTA, or Freedemian Capital Transit Authority, ran most of the bus system. From 1935 to 1957 or so FCTA also ran a system of streetcars. However, as the QUARTA subway expanded, FCTA began to eliminate the streetcars in favor for improved bus service. In 1982 FCTA combined with QUARTA to create the modern QUARTA system.

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In 1995, QUARTA rebranded the subway system to rename it the QLine Metro System, as it is currently called today.

1990's Bus Lane Takeover

Back in the 1990s, QUARTA went through the arduous process of remodeling and beautifying all the old elevated train structures to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Most of them were made out of concrete instead of metal, so they were easier to fix; however, the original Red Line Subway up to M. Williams Pkwy was mostly metal. QUARTA realized that the structure would have to be closed for about a month to fully complete the process. However, Line 1 was and still is one of the busiest lines in the entire system. To make up for the lost service, QUARTA and the QDOT teamed up, turning the right two lanes of Hesperic Parkway and Mark St into temporary bus lanes. A bus line 1B ran along the line between Union Street in Downtown and U-2 making the stops normally served by the subway. This went well for passengers, as accordion buses would run 3 times more frequently than the longer subway cars to make up the difference. However, it wreaked havoc on commutes, as Hesperic lost an extra lane in each direction and right turns were more hazardous.

QUARTA Bus Service

QUARTA Bus routes are categorized by type of route, including Local, Crosstown, Express, and Rural. To lessen confusion with metro routes numbered 1-14, since 1992 all bus routes are numbered from 20 up. Express routes are numbered in the 300s, and rural routes in the 400s.

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The design of QUARTA bus stops after recent changes.
An example of QUARTA express bus stops from the Geolympiad Village Transit Center. Notice the sign also features a new way of distinguishing "select trips only" from regular stops.
Signs from Quentinsburgh Union Station Transit Center showing bus bays, with digital signage to indicate which routes and when. Most major transit centers are organized this way.

Local Crosstown Routes (20C-38C*)

Crosstown routes, signified with a C, are part of QUARTA's frequent service network, with day trips on weekdays every 8 minutes or less and every 6 minutes or less at peak times. Crosstown routes generally service major transit corridors.

  • 20C- Hesperic Pkwy/Mark St (To Matherpark Village)
  • 220C- N Hesperic Pkwy/Mathersboro (From Matherpark Village)
  • 21C- Capitol Blvd East
  • 23C- Railroad St/SBD Intl. Airport (Also serves Freeman Rd within downtown)
  • 24C- Bond Blvd (To Matherpark Village)
  • 224C- Griffith Rd/N Bond Blvd (From Matherpark Village)
  • 25C- Roberts Rd/M. Williams Pkwy/Hayes St East
  • 26C- Fredrick St/Horizon Pkwy
  • 27C- Moore Blvd/Waterside Dr
  • 28C- Quentinsburgh Blvd East (To Geolympiad Complex)
  • 29C- Freedemian Pkwy/Greendale Meadows Rd
  • 30C- Michael Rd/Northcross Blvd/Hayes St West/James St
  • 31C- Huxtable Pkwy/Clayton Rd (To SBD Intl. Airport)
  • 32C- Tortoise Ridge Rd/Caroll Hill Rd
  • 33C- Jackson Blvd/Stanley Rd
  • 34C- Courthouse St
  • 35C- Grentens Rd/Janecreek Rd/Town St
  • 37C- Anthony Rd/Eastbrown Rd/Kolden Rd/Nickelside Rd
  • 38C- Franklin Hill Rd

-*Crosstown routes in the 200's (220C, 224C, etc) are routes that extend along the same streets as the corresponding 2 digit route (ex. Line 220C extends beyond the last stop of the 20C).

Local Routes

  • 39- Marshburn Rd/Donner Rd
  • 40- Wellson Rd/Grand Rd
  • 41- Arthur Read Rd/Military Base
  • 44- Kennedy/Union/Pasheen Rd/Capitol Mall (via Graham Memorial Dr)
  • 45- DaSilva Rd/Garland Rd/QSU
  • 46- Freeman Rd/Vincent St
  • 47- March Point Rd/Hinespoint Rd
Serving Apex Elementary School
  • 48- Read Plaza Blvd
  • 49- Lexus Ridge Rd/Wendell Rd/Country Club Wy
  • 50- Christian Ave/Emmerly Ave/Chavis Ave
  • 52- Warren St/Knotts Ave/Capitol Mall (To Freesonian Museum via Graham Memorial Dr and Judicial Rd)
  • 53- Riverpark Ln
  • 54- Barbour St/Paulson St
  • 55- Daniels Rd/Boyd Ave
  • 56- Putnam Rd
  • 57- Seven Point Rd/Crystal Trc
  • 58- Redent Rd/Somerset Ave
  • 59- Hefren Av/Neckrock Av/N Clayton Rd
  • 60- Jacob Rd/Baker St
  • 61- Raleigh Rd
  • 62- N. Marshburn Rd/Matherspark Sq Blvd/Mathersboro (Talton Ave/Main St/Community College Rd/Wegner St)
  • 63- Kolden Rd/Nickelside Rd
  • 64- Greencreek Ave/Hunter Ave
  • 65- Thurman Rd/Fairgrounds Rd
  • 66- Lonestane Ave/23rd Ave
  • 67- Vera Point Wy/Magnolia Rd/Nobuckle Ave
  • 69- Freeson Ave/Elsee Blvd/Nickel Village
  • 70- Jimmscott Rd
  • 71- Ruth/Esther/Henry Rd (To Read University, some trips continue to Southtown Mall)
  • 72- Redson Rd/Gillepsie St/Hanstrom Rd
  • 74- Drendall Rd
  • 76- Main St (Caroll Hill)/Greene St
  • 77- Capstone Ln/Clokey St/Crossway Drive
  • 78- Lee Rd/Melody Rd
  • 79- Cordman Rd/Gerberts Lake Rd
  • 80- Chesspoint Rd/Gerberts Lake Rd
  • 81- Owens St
  • 83- Urban Meadows & Matherspark Village Circulator (Towne Square Rd)
  • 84- Clairette Ave/Price University/Urban Meadow Rd
  • 85- Martin St/Galvin St/Wooten Rd
  • 87- Sweenter Ave/Galvin St/Ferlle Ave (To Hinespoint Mall via Northpark Ave in North Quentinsburgh Park)
  • 90- Debigail Ave/Larry Engles Dr/Jerry Ave
  • 94- Toler Rd/Charley Ave
  • 99- Mathersboro Blvd/Hawkins St (Haroldsborough, Mathersboro)
  • 101- Highfield 1st Ave
  • 103- Highfield 1st St/High St/Tyrell Ave (Highfield/Hayes Island)
  • 104- Southtown Rd (To SBD Intl. Airport Transit Ctr via Courthouse St and Hanstrom Ln E)
  • 106- Caroline Rd/Coastal Rd/Rodgers Rd (Highfield/Elmo Beach/Sandboro)
  • 130- Ginsburg Rd/N. Northcross Blvd/Mathersboro
  • 136- Hill Rd/Pomegranate Ave/Franklin Hill
  • 229- E. Greendale Meadows Rd (Gillepsie)

QLink Rapid Network

QLink Rapid routes run articulated buses every 8 minutes or less and have some features of bus rapid transit, such as limited stops/stations, pre-boarding fare collection, level boarding, and dedicated lanes. These major lines mostly fill in the gaps in the QLine Metro System.

  • ALink- Hayes Island/Highfield to Gillepsie/Northcross
via Airport Station Transit Center, Southtown Mall, and Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
via Stanley Rd/Greendale Meadows Rd/Franklin Hill Rd/Michael Rd
  • BLink- Hayes Island/Highfield to Gillepsie/Drendallsburgh/Caroll Hill
via Airport Station Transit Center, Read University Transit Center, and Geolympiad Complex Transit Center
via Horizon Pkwy/Franklin Hill Rd/Caroll School Rd/Caroll Hill Rd

Express Routes (300-399)

  • 300- Highfield/Sandboro/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
  • 305- Gillepsie/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
Via Geolympiad Complex on certain trips
  • 310- Caroll Hill/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
Via Geolympiad Complex on certain trips
  • 315- Franklin Hill/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Sean Bond Intl. Airport on certain trips
  • 320- Berkeley Ridge/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
  • 325- Northcross/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
  • 330- Horizon Springs/Meisler/Northcross/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
  • 335- Mathersboro/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Huxtable Towne Center Transit Center
  • 340- Haroldsborough/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Huxtable Towne Center Transit Center
  • 345- Hayes Island/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
  • 350- Haroldsborough/Mathersboro/Northcross Express
  • 365- North Quentinsburgh/Northcross/Berkeley Ridge Express
  • 370- Mathersboro/Horizon Springs Express
  • 375- Sean Bond Intl. Airport/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
To Sean Bond International Airport Terminals 1, 2, and 3
Via Read University Transit Center on certain trips
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
Via Airport Station and Rental Car Ctr
  • 395- Geolympiad Complex/Caroll Hill/Franklin Hill Express
  • 396- Geolympiad Complex/Gillepsie/Northcross Express
  • 397- Geolympiad Complex/Mathersboro Express
  • 398- Geolympad Complex/Sean Bond Intl. Airport/Highfield/Sandboro Express
  • 399- Geolympiad Complex/Downtown Quentinsburgh Express
Via Emmerly/Capitol/Quentinsburgh Transit Center
Geolympiad Complex Express Routes 395-399 do run year round, but with only one or two trips per weekday. Lines run more frequently on major event days, with trips every hour or less. The routes all terminate at Geolympiad Complex Transit Center and only have additional stops within/around the complex on major event days.

Rural/Regional Routes (400-450)

  • 400- Tortoise Glen Rural Connector
(Downtown Quentinsburgh, Highfield, Tortoise Glen)
  • 410- Fort Elwood/Thrill Planet/Haroldsborough Rural Connector
  • 420- Judeston Rural Connector
  • 430- Cobble Point/Little Sunsail Beach Rural Connector
  • 440- Diners Rural Connector
  • 450- Fort Franklin Military Base/Figueroa AFB Regional Connector

Connectors, Circulators and Other Bus Routes

A SnapperShuttle bus serving the Quentins State International University Campus.
  • SBDConnect Loop- runs between terminals 1, 2, and 3
  • SBDConnect Link- connects terminals 1, 2, and 3 to rental car center
  • SBDLine- Local fare line connecting terminals 1, 2, 3, rental car center, Airport Station transit center, terminal 4, and Arthur Read Military base
  • QDASH- Quentinsburgh Downtown Area Shuttle
  • MDASH- Mathersboro Downtown Area Shuttle
  • NDASH- Northcross Downtown Area Shuttle
  • CHDASH- Caroll Hill Downtown Area Shuttle
  • FHDASH- Franklin Hill Downtown Area Shuttle
  • HSDASH- Highfield/Sandboro Downtown Area Shuttle
  • HorizonLine- Central Horizon Springs Circulator

QLINE Metro System

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The QLine is the branding of the metro system within the QUARTA transit system. Routes are labeled by numbers surrounded by a colored circle, as pictured below.

The QLine is mostly elevated, though many sections closest to downtown have underground portions.

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QLINE Metro Routes

Types of routes

QLine routes service most areas of the city of Quentinsburgh. There are generally four types of routes-

  • Downtown-to-Outside Radial Lines- these metro lines run through or from downtown to the edges of the city spanning out from the downtown area. This currently includes lines  1 ,  2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  7 ,  10 ,  13 ,  14 .
  • Other Lines- these metro lines run through other parts of town and do not link directly to downtown. This currently includes  6 ,  8 ,  9 ,  11 , and  12 .
  • Bus Rapid Transit Line- this line is actually operated as a bus rapid transit line, with buses operating on a fixed guideway like a light rail with buses. These lines usually don't have as much demand as metro lines, and QUARTA plans to turn these into light rail lines if demand rises. This currently only includes line  15 .
  • Capitol Shuttle ( CS )- This short line runs a crosstown-like shuttle connecting the Capitol Mall Station to routes  1 ,  2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  10 ,  13 , and  14 , while providing a convenient transfer and additional stops along Capitol Blvd. The CS is currently the only route of its kind.
  • Airport Express Line ( AX ) - this limited service line serves as a direct connection between downtown Quentinsburgh and Sean Bond International Airport. The AX is the only route of its kind.
Fold-out Paper version of the most recent QLine Metro map.

Types of service

Many QLine routes now run local and express service.

  • Local Service- stops at every stop. All trains have local service.
  • Express Service- stops only at major designated stations. Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, and 14 all have express service, while lines 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 15 only run local service. Express services are marked by the letter X after the number, ex. the 3X is the express version of line 3.

QLine routes are color coded by individual routes


Most recent overview map, showing new lines and recent line changes.

Line 1- Hesperic/Mark Line (Mathersboro-Highfield-Sandboro)

Local Service  1 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  1X 

Line 2- Bond/Fredrick Line

Local Service  2 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  2X 

Line 3- Capitol Line (Quentnsbrgh Bch-Northcross-Leighwood-Meisler-Horizon Sprngs)

Local Service  3 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  3X 

Line 4- Michael/Eastbrown Line (Caroll Hill)

Local Service  4 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  4X 

Line 5- M. Williams/Moore/Grand Line (Mathersboro)

Local Service  5 

Express Service (indicated by bold members)  5X 

Line 6- Urban Meadows/Christian/Emmerly/Chavis Local (Highfield-Sandboro)

Local Only  6 

Line 7- Drendall/Quentinsburgh/Railroad/Airport Line (Franklin Hill-Caroll Hill)

Local Service  7 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  7X 

Line 8- Sheldon/Fairgrounds/Hayes Local (Sheldon Beach-Hayes Island)

Local Service  8 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  8X 

Line 9- Huxtable/Clayton Local (Airport)

Local Only  9 

Line 10- Somerset/Barbour Local [phase I] (to become Somerset/Barbour/March Point Local)

Local Only  10 

Line 11- Tortoise Ridge Local (Gillepsie-A. Read Military Base)

Local Only  11 

Line 12- Hinespoint/Caroll Schl/Drendall Local (Northcrss-Berkeley Rdg-Caroll Hill-Franklin Hill)

Local Only  12 

Line 13- Michael/Quentinsburgh/Drendall Local (Northcross-Caroll Hill-Franklin Hill)

Local Service  13 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  13X 

Line 14- Urban Meadows/Hesperic/Railroad/Airport Local (Haroldsborough)

Local Service  14 

Express Service (indicated by bold numbers)  14X 

Line 15- Terrapin Pk/Quentnsbrgh Bch/Quentins Pt Bch BRT Local

Local Only BRT  15 

Capitol Shuttle- Garland Park-Capitol Mall

Local Only (Shuttle)  CS 

  • WESTERN TERMINUS- Quentinsburgh/Garland (5)(CS)
  • Garland Road/Mark St/QSU (1)(14)(CS)
  • Garland Park (CS)
  • Capitol Blvd/Bond Blvd/Quail Field (2)(4)(13)(CS)
  • Freedemian Pkwy/Capitol Blvd (CS)
  • Quentinsburgh/Capitol (3)(CS)
  • Capitol Mall/National Court (3)(CS)
  • Arthur Read/Fredrick (2)(CS)
  • 5th St/Warren (CS)
  • EASTERN TERMINUS- Arthur Read/Freeman Station (4)(7)(14)(CS)

Airport Express- (Downtown Quentinsburgh to Airport)

The airport line runs once every half hour during day service and every hour during night service. However it has the capacity to run more frequently than needed.

Limited Service to Airport  AX 

  • WESTERN TERMINUS- Quentinsburgh Union Station (1)(3)(7)(14)(AX)
  • State Capitol/Mark St (1)(3)(7)(14)(AX)
  • Fredrick St/ Convention Center (1)(2)(3)(7)(14)(AX)
  • Fredrick/SBD Airport Station (7)(14)(9)(AX)
  • EASTERN TERMINUS- Hotel Village/Rental Car Center (7)(14)(AX)

QCOMMUTE Commuter System

QCommute is a smaller commuter rail system run by QUARTA. The system is now expanding to serve more of the Quentinsburgh metropolitan area.

A basic map of the three current commuter rail routes.

C1- Franklin Hill, Quentinsburgh, Mathersboro, Haroldsborough (commuter line)

Commuter Line  C1 

C2- Haroldsborough, Mathersboro, Northcross, Quentinsburgh (commuter line)

Commuter Line  C2 

C3- Quentinsburgh, Gillepsie/Drendallsburgh, Caroll Hill, Franklin Hill (commuter line)

Commuter Line  C3 

C4- Quentinsburgh, Northcross, Meisler/Horizon Springs (commuter line)

Commuter Line  C4 

C5- Haroldsborough, Mathersboro, Northcross, Gillepsie/Drendallsburgh, Caroll Hill, Franklin Hill (commuter line)

Commuter Line, limited service  C5 

Trams

SBD PlaneTram

QUARTA operates a tram from Airport Station to the Sean Bond International Airport rental car center to Hotel Village Square to Sean Bond International Airport Terminals A, B and C. The tram is free within the airport, though boarding at Airport Station costs local bus fare.

Spectrum Geolympiad Complex Tram

QUARTA also operates an elevated tram that connects venues in the Spectrum Geolympiad Complex. It has about 13 stops, stopping at Spectrum Geolympiad Stadium, K. Arnolds Stadium, the Geolympiad Aquatic Center, Glofish.com Arena, Read University, and at the nearby (9) train station at Arthur Read Blvd. This tram costs local fare (equal to the cost of a local bus).

Fairgrounds Tram

QUARTA also operates the newer Quentins State Fairgrounds tram. The tram is free during fair times and local bus fare all other times.

Trolleys/Streetcars

Historic Downtown Quentinsburgh Trolley

QUARTA also now operates the Historic Downtown Quentinsburgh Trolley. It was originally operated by FCTA, a now defunct transit system that originally ran buses and trolleys. The trolley operates two services, a free downtown loop and a local fare full length trolley line to Hayes University.

James Street Trolley

QUARTA recently completed the James Street Trolley, a trolley providing convenient street-level north south travel through a congested area of downtown, following a route that used to be home to a trolley back during FCTA's operation. The trolley costs local bus fare.

Waterside Park Tram

While named as a tram due to its short route, the newly-completed Waterside Park Tram operates more like a trolley. The line connects Esther University and the coastal downtown part of Waterside Park to the island portion of the park across the famous Waterside Park Pedestrian Bridge. The tram is free and simply acts as a connector between both portions of Waterside Park. However, the Esther University extension was added to better connect central Esther University and Waterside Park to QLine stations on the 2 and 2X.

Urban Meadow Trolley

QUARTA recently completed a new streetcar through the Urban Meadow development in Far North Quentinsburgh/South Mathersboro, while also serving Williams Square Office Park on its south end. The line provides reliable street-level transit to the central part of the Urban Meadow development along a route serving Price University and Urban Meadow Office Park. The trolley costs local bus fare and connects to QLine stations on the 6, 14, and 14X.

QCycle Bikeshare Network

QUARTA recently introduced a bikeshare network. Passengers can check out a bike from a bikeshare location for 4 hours at a time, and bikes can be returned to any bikeshare location in the network. Fares are the same as passes for the QLine Metro and QLink BRT. QUARTA is currently in the process of trying to make more bikeshare stations in locations not well served by transit but accessible by bikes to make it easier for people to bike beyond the extent of the QUARTA system.

Fares

An advertisement showing QUARTA's BronzePass, SilverPass, and GoldPass and explaining each one. The passes come in 1 day, 3 day, 7 day and 30 day versions.
Two ads from a recent QUARTA ad campaign showing other benefits of buying a Transit Pass, such as free transfers and the freedom to get off the train to use the bathroom or eat then catch the next train for free.

QUARTA offers one ride fares (1 trip, 1 way) and Transit Passes that give access to the system for multiple days. QUARTA's transit passes come in 4 main types:

  • BronzePass- Local Bus Only
  • SilverPass- Local Bus, QLine Metro, QLink Rapid Network, QCycle Bikeshare
  • GoldPass- Full system including commuter rail, express buses, etc
  • DiamondPass, a recently introduced partnership with FEATS, VAULT, and the MetroWest Commuter Rail. The DiamondPass includes all of the features of the GoldPass, but adds a reduced transfer to the VAULT VCommute Commuter Rail and the MetroWest Commuter Rail.

QUARTA encourages the use of Transit Passes, as it is more affordable for the passenger and also creates free transfers throughout much of the system and increases flexibility.

QUARTA BronzePasses, SilverPasses, GoldPasses, and DiamondPasses are also now accepted for one free transfer to the FEATS bus or light rail system or to the VAULT bus system.

One ride fares and one day passes can be purchased on the bus or at any QLine Metro station. TransitPasses (excluding PlatinumPass and EduPass) can be bought at all transit centers, most park and rides, most subway stations, select library branches, and area locations of All-n-One and Franklin's.

Local Bus

  • 1 trip 1 way- fc75
  • 1 day BronzePass- f'1.50
  • 3 day BronzePass- f'3
  • 7 day BronzePass- f'6
  • 30 day BronzePass- f'12

Trolleys and trams that cost local fare are charged like buses.

QLine Metro, QLink Rapid Network, QCycle Bikeshare

  • 1 trip 1 way- f'1
  • 1 day SilverPass- f'2
  • 3 day SilverPass- f'4
  • 7 day SilverPass- f'8
  • 30 day SilverPass- f'15

Note- 1, 3, 7, and 30 day SilverPasses also include access to Local Bus. 1 trip 1 way does not.

Express Bus, QCommute Commuter Rail

  • 1 trip 1 way- f'1.75
  • 1 day GoldPass- f'3.25
  • 3 day GoldPass- f'5.25
  • 7 day GoldPass- f'9.25
  • 30 day GoldPass- f'20
  • 1 day DiamondPass- f'3.50
  • 3 day DiamondPass- f'5.75
  • 7 day DiamondPass- f'10
  • 30 day DiamondPass- f'22

Note- 1, 3, 7, and 30 day GoldPasses and DiamondPasses also include access to Local Bus, QLine Metro, QLink Bus Rapid Transit, and QCycle Bikeshare. 1 trip 1 way does not.

Other Fares...

The QUARTA system is free for anyone under the age of 6 or over the age of 80. However, those over the age of 80 must get a PlatinumPass to the system at a major transit center, which is still free with a photo ID. Those under the age of 6 must be accompanied with a paying individual. (In this case, any student grade 6 and up or adult with a pass counts as a 'paying individual', even if their pass was free.)

University students get a 'free' pass known as EduPass University, which is largely paid for by their tuition and fees. Public school students get an EduPass Primary, a similar pass for 1st-12th graders in public schools paid for by the taxpayers. Some workplaces also have company passes they give to their employees as a workplace benefit.

Day and Night Service

The QUARTA system operates 24/7. However, service is different overnight when less people are riding. QUARTA divides their service time into two sections:

  • Day Service- between 4am and midnight
  • Night Service- between midnight and 4am
The newly released map of QLine Night service.

Night Service

Night Service usually includes a pretty large reduction in local and express bus service, with most routes ending completely and some major routes running once an hour (or once every half hour if it is a very major route). Subway and BRT still run overnight, but usually with reductions in frequency. Night service is effective between midnight and 4am.

Night Service on local bus, QLink Rapid Network

Major bus routes in Quentinsburgh, especially those on the frequent service network in the daytime, may run once an hour or, if the route is very important, every half hour during night service. QLink Rapid Network tends to run every half hour or every 20 minutes. However, if the city is part of a very large overnight event, such as the 2016 Summer Geolympiad or the Welcome New Year's Celebration in downtown, frequencies may not drop as low, as service will especially be provided for those events.

Night Service on QLine Metro

In general, the only express QLine metro lines that continue running overnight are the  1x ,  3x , and  7x . All other express service is suspended between the hours of midnight and 4am. Line  14  completely stops operating, with service to Haroldsborough served by an extended line  6 . On major event days, such as during the 2016 Summer Geolympiad, QUARTA may choose to operate express service on all trains with express service overnight; however, this is the exception, only for very major events. Frequency drops to about 15-30 minutes during night service.

Night Service on Airport Express

The special  AX  (Airport Express) runs once an hour at night (and every half hour during the day), though it has the capacity to run more frequently for big overnight events like the 2016 Summer Geolympiad.

Night Service on QCommute Commuter Rail

Only lines  C2  and  C3  operate night service, in the form of a single trip at 2am.

Infrastructure

Subway Cars

All of QUARTA's subway cars have come from Chang y Sainz.

A QUARTA QLine subway car on line 1 running express leaving a station. The pictured train is one of the newer signature Q750 series, made specially for the QLine system.
A slightly older QLine subway car from the Q650 series on the Capitol Shuttle line in a station.

QUARTA uses semi-articulated accordian cars (cars with connected guideways) on all subway routes. Each car is made up of 3 smaller sections connected via open gangways. Since one 'accordian car' is about equal in capacity to 2.5 normal subway cars, QUARTA generally uses them in sets, as follows:

  • Busy lines, such as  1 ,  2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  7 ,  8 ,  13 ,  14 - run 4 or 5 accordian cars (equal to 10 or 12.5 regular subway cars)
  • Other lines, such as  6 ,  9 ,  10 ,  11  and  12 - run 3 accordian cars (equal to 7.5 regular subway cars)
  • Shuttles  CS - run 1 accordian car (equal to 2.5 regular subway cars)
  • BRT line  15  runs accordian buses (equal to about 2 regular subway cars). (When demand increases enough, QUARTA plans to turn line 15 into a light rail with larger capacity. This likely won't happen until 2050.)

All subway cars are entirely wheelchair accessible. Unlike many similar systems, to save space and encourage a more friendly environment, many booth-style bench seats actually face each other instead of facing the back of the next seat. There is plenty of room for standing and sitting comfortably, and each articulated car can hold about 120 seated plus 325 standing. BRT buses on Line 15 can hold about 90 seated and 250 standing.

Features

The inside of a slightly older empty QLine Metro train. The seat colors shown were part of a select fleet; most seats now are silver-gray and deep red. Most new trains with newer metallic bench seats lack the plush covering.

Cars have LED Displays on the front and sides of the cars and within the cars to display the route and stops. More recently, most cars have digital screen maps and digital advertisement screens that change depending on the location of the train to show nearby destinations and service change notices. QR codes that link to digital versions of the map are also throughout the cars so passengers don't have to crowd around on-car maps.

Traditionally, before the use of digitized signage, QLine trains used to show the train number and symbol as shown on the maps by placing rolls in the front window. The most recent fleets (Q750 series and newer) have LED signage that shows the number as shown on the maps in the display at the top of the train. The Q650 and Q700 fleets had computerized displays but only listed the number and destination, similar to most QUARTA Buses.

Most recently, QUARTA added wi-fi to all trains, with the exceptions of the oldest fleet currently only used as last resort backups.

Airport Express Subway Cars

The  AX  operates with special versions of the normal subway cars, with special space for luggage and more plush seats.  AX  operates in a set of 3 accordian cars (equal to 7.5 regular subway cars).

Commuter Rail Cars

Currently, all commuter rail cars are also made by Chang y Sainz and have many of the same amenities as the subway cars. They are generally more spacious and have more plush seats due to longer distance travel, as well as space for overhead luggage and a wi-fi connection in every car.

QUARTA has also purchased several commuter rail cars from Celesto Rail, a Karolian company, as the QCommute system expands and needs more rail cars. (QUARTA just recently added the line C3 to Caroll Hill and Franklin Hill and a part time line C4 to Horizon Springs.)

Tram Cars

Tram cars are the only rail cars not built by Chang y Sainz. The tram cars are built by Starmobile, mainly due to the fact they don't need to be compatible with the rest of the system and the construction was cheaper at the time. Tram cars have basically the same amenities as normal buses.

Buses

All of QUARTA's city buses and express buses come from Starmobility, a division of Starmobile Auto Group. While many are just small local buses (due to such a strong subway system, less local bus routes are necessary) many are large accordian-style buses, used on longer routes, Rapid Network lines, express routes. QUARTA recently bought more of said buses for the QLink Rapid Network routes.

Most buses (especially the larger accordian style ones) have similar amenities and displays as the subway cars, such as digital ads, maps, signage, wi-fi, and QR codes to scan for a digital systen map.

Bus Stop Shelters

An early model for the newest QUARTA bus stop shelters made out of index cards and photo paper by a designer.
A later digital model of the new QUARTA bus stop shelters, slightly closer to the QUARTA bus stops found throughout Quentinsburgh today. (The roof would later be widened for better shelter before the final design was issued.)

Most QUARTA Bus stops have bus stop shelters with benches and a trash can. Most major bus stops have larger shelters with digital displays and built-in bus maps.

QUARTA introduced new bus stop shelters through most of the bus system (early models pictured left) back in late 2015 and early 2016, replacing more traditional glass and metal bus stop shelters from the late 1980s. The new shelters are at more bus stops, due to being able to be smaller than the old ones at important, yet minor stops, and have digital displays, lights, and usually bus maps or a place for ads on the back.

Some transit centers have unique bus stop shelters that fit with the architecture of the center or surrounding neighborhood, as do some locations at shopping centers and certain special or historic destinations. However, most bus stops not at actual transit centers now look like newer versions of the designs pictured left.

New Buses for BRT

When QUARTA originally started operating the QLink BRT routes, they had regular accordian buses running on the routes. However, as the construction of the bus guideways advanced in 2015, QUARTA purchased new longer buses from Starmobility especially for these routes. As the QLink BRT would soon be downgraded to a rapid service network with some BRT-like qualities, while most special buses continued running on the QLink network, some of these buses would be transferred to other major bus routes like route 20C (Hesperic/Mark)

A bus very similar to those now being used in Quentinsburgh as part of the QLink BRT system..

Accessibility

QUARTA has always been dedicated to creating accessible stations. All QUARTA stations either have ramps in all areas, ramps as alternatives to stairs, or elevators at older stations where stairs were dominant and ramps were not plausible. All buses are accessible as well, some with wheelchair lifts, some with wheelchair ramps. QUARTA is also in the process of upgrading stations so that there is a beep when the train has pulled completely into the station, as well as a new system so that lights on the yellow line are red until it is safe to board, at which point, lights on the train and on the yellow line will light up green. There is always at least one turnstile that is wheelchair accessible.

Subway Stations and Station Entrances

Subway signage tends to be relatively uniform across the QUARTA system.

An example of how most QLine Metro Stations arrange seating and signage on platforms. Seating usually lines the center of the platforms, with signage of the station name attached above the seats. Maps and other notices are placed in between the bench installments. In some stations where side platforms are abundant, especially on local only lines and line 15 BRT, the benches are up against the back of the platforms, but use the same seating and map arrangement.
New unified signage throughout QLine Metro stations.
QUARTA's newer glass turnstiles. Most are like the one on the left.

Most major underground stations and a few above ground stations have fare kiosks and information centers.

All subway stations have well lit platforms and seating. As mentioned earlier, QUARTA has recently updated the lights on the yellow line (the line on the platform that signifies DO NOT CROSS).

Platform screen doors along the "DO NOT CROSS" yellow line were considered to replace the 'light' sysytem mentioned above during the new improvements of the QUARTA platforms; however, Within Freedemia, accident rates and suicide rates are low, so QUARTA board members and taxpayers saw them as unecessary. The proposal was turned down except at large, internationally used locations like Quentinsburgh Union Station and the Sean Bond International Airport station.

All subway stations have turnstiles at the entrances. There is always at least one wheelchair accessible turnstile in every station. QUARTA has just completed replacing older turnstiles with newer modern glass turnstiles. This process is now complete at all underground and above ground stations. Commuter rail stations also now have new turnstyle infrastructure. This was a process that has been under progress for over two years after being approved by taxpayers and QUARTA in January 2013.

As of the completion of a project in November 2016, stations now have wi-fi at stations and charging outlets at benches for waiting passengers. The only exceptions are the stations on the Capitol Shuttle, which should be getting these amenities by the end of 2017.

Bathrooms

QUARTA has tried to provide restrooms throughout the entire metro system when possible, meaning mainly in major hubs, underground stations and very major elevated stations. QUARTA also encourages the purchase of day, week, or month passes, as those who have to leave the train for bathroom use or any other reason can get on the next train for no additional cost using these passes.

QUARTA Transportation Museum

QUARTA is in the midst of renovating and reopening the famous QUARTA Transportation Museum. Formerly known as the FCTA and QUARTA Museum of Quentinsburgh Area Public Transportation and located just off of Capitol Boulevard West on the former site of one of the system's oldest subway train yards (which has since closed), the museum includes a yard with several historic old trains, a lot with classic FCTA and QUARTA buses, a track that actually connects to the system, and a museum of the history of the network. There is also a new section of the area with rides, some for kids and some for all ages, and a restaurant whose seating area is in a refurbished metro train. The museum, upon reopening, will be f`2 for anyone with an active QUARTA SilverPass or GoldPass and cost about f`5 for everyone else over 6th grade.

Unused or "Ghost" QLine Stations

There are only three unused stations in the QLine Metro system as of now.

  • Memorial Station (formerly line 1)
Memorial Station, next to what is now Transit Museum/Coleridge Commons (1)(1X)(14)(14X) and once known as Cordman/Hesperic, was shut down during the construction of the QUARTA Transportation Museum, and is now used as a historic station example for visitors.
  • Garland St/Mark St/QSU (formerly line 1)
This station closed upon the construction of Austin St/Garland Pk/QSU (1)(1X)(14)(14X), which replaced the Garland St platforms and moved them to a location that could better serve the QSU campus and the Garland Park community. One reason the original station had been closer to Garland St was to create an easier transfer to the Capitol Shuttle station (still known as Garland St/Mark St/QSU), which became less important after other lines created easier east-west connections through downtown.
  • Unionway 4/Chavis (formerly line 6)
Unionway 4/Chavis was built before the rebuilding of the unionway interchange that now completely surrounds the station site. The lack of development and near-zero ridership after the new interchange was constructed led QUARTA to close the station. New developments are being planned in the area around the interchange, and QUARTA expects to reopen the station by 2020.

Future Plans

QUARTA's biggest projects at the moment are all QLine projects- a new Line 10 that will run north south along Wellson, Barbour, and March Point, a new line 12 to connect Northern Quentinsburgh, Northcross, Berkeley Ridge, Caroll Hill and Franklin Hill, and a line 9 extension to Meisler and Horizon Springs.

QUARTA also plans to eventually continue expanding its commuter rail and bus network. QUARTA is also considering a new fare method that creates seamless transfers between QUARTA and other systems, especially the MetroWest Commuter Rail lines, operated by FreeTrak, which connects to almost every major city in Freedemia.

Also, alongside city wide bike-lane improvements QUARTA is planning to expand its new bikeshare system.

Other Facts

  • The relatively new Waterside Park Isle station on line 3 is the deepest underground station in the QUARTA system, located underneath Waterside Park. The station is actually inside of the Rivermouthe subway tunnel, with the station built around the tunnel. It is one of the only stations in the system with side platforms instead of center ones. Originally, when line 3 was being extended to Quentinsburgh Beach, there wasn't going to be a station at Waterside Park isle at all, considering the difficulties of making a station below water-level essentially in a tunnel. However, the community and the parks department ended up convincing QUARTA and its planners to add in a station at the park. The station was more expensive than most others in the system.