A new plan to move the streetcar project forward and expand the starter route to include a lakefront line was announced by Mayor Tom Barrett on November 18, 2014.

View Mayor Tom Barrett’s presentation on the streetcar plan here.
(It begins just after 28:00.)

Read more here.

The future of Milwaukee’s transportation system is taking shape, and it includes The Milwaukee Streetcar network that provides a modern way for people to connect with their jobs, their homes, and their entertainment destinations.

Streetcars do more than simply improve mobility. By promoting development, raising property values, attracting businesses, and helping to define our contemporary city, Streetcars benefit everyone. Streetcars add vitality to an urban setting, increasing commerce and activity around every one of the fixed stations and stops.

An accessible and convenient Streetcar provides connections to our array of transportation choices. Pedestrians, bus riders, train travelers, automobile drivers, and bicyclists can choose the Streetcar as a link to their destinations.

Visitors will see Milwaukee as an even more attractive city when they use the Streetcar. The routes will be easy to navigate, downtown destinations will be convenient to reach, and riders will appreciate the high-quality ride that new Streetcars deliver.

Streetcars are quiet, clean, and efficient. Their popularity and value have been demonstrated in other cities. Streetcars create new opportunities and generate activity in the cities they serve.

Latest News

December 2014 -- On a 4-to-1 vote, the Common Council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee today recommended approval of the city’s tax incremental financing proposal, including funding for The Milwaukee Streetcar.  View the Mayor’s committee presentation here and a meeting summary by here.

December 2014 -- Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21’s board of directors has voted to support Mayor Barrett’s current $123.9 million streetcar plan. The motion to endorse the initiative was approved at the Dec. 4 board of directors meeting. 
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December 2014 -- The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee has approved two development districts that would raise funds for The Milwaukee Streetcar.  This is an important step in the city’s plan to move the streetcar forward.  Read more in the Milwaukee Business Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

December 2014 -- After reviewing the details of the city's plan to move the streetcar forward, several newspaper editorial boards have endorsed the effort. See the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Let's get Milwaukee's streetcar project off the ground" and "Milwaukee's downtown looking healthier," as well as the Milwaukee Business Journal's "Time to move on the streetcar."

November 2014 -- Several local news outlets have covered the City's announcement of its plans to move The Milwaukee Streetcar forward.
The announcement has been covered by the Milwaukee Business Journal, a Milwaukee Business Journal blog, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, BizTimes and others.

November 2014 -- City unveils new plan to build on $2.6 billion in downtown investment by moving the streetcar project forward and adding a Lakefront Line.
City unveils new plan to build on $2.6 billion in downtown investment by moving the streetcar project forward and adding a Lakefront Line. The plan covers the Lakefront Line and utility costs without property tax dollars.
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