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.  The plan was approved by the City of Milwaukee Common Council on February 10, 2015 and signed by Mayor Barrett the same day. 

Read more about the approval here.
View Mayor Tom Barrett’s presentation on the streetcar plan here.
Read more about the plan 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.

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February 10, 2015 -- Today, the City of Milwaukee Common Council gave final approval to the city’s plan to move the streetcar forward and Mayor Tom Barrett signed the legislation.  Voting in favor of the streetcar were Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton, Nik Kovac, Bob Bauman, Milele Coggs, Willie Wade, Jose Perez, Terry Witkowski, Russell Stamper and Common Council President Michael Murphy.  Read more.

January 2015 --  The City of Milwaukee Common Council, on a vote of 10-5, approved plans to move the streetcar project forward. Following the vote, employing a rarely used parliamentary move, several aldermen delayed final approval until the February 10 Council meeting. Read more about the Council's action here.

January 2015 --  U.S. Congresswoman Gwen S. Moore submitted an opinion piece to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying "Expanding our city's public transportation options shouldn't be a controversial issue. When it comes to large metropolitan cities such as Milwaukee, public transit is widely recognized as a critical component in driving economic development and spurring economic growth." Read the complete letter here.

December 2014 --  Employing a rarely used parliamentary move, a handful of aldermen delayed the expected Dec. 16 vote on The Milwaukee Streetcar. The full Council will now take up the city'’s plan to move the streetcar forward at its Jan. 21 meeting.  Follow ongoing streetcar news by "liking" the project's official Facebook page.  Read more about the Council’s action to delay here.

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."




The City of Milwaukee's official streetcar project website.