Introduction

The development of The Milwaukee Streetcar is moving forward following city approval and additional funding in February 2015 for the Final Design phase.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) for streetcar vehicles has been issued and selection of a vehicle vendor is expected this fall.  Also this fall, public utility relocations will begin, and RFPs will go out for building the system’s main line, operations and maintenance facility.  Mainline construction is expected to start in spring 2016, and The Milwaukee Streetcar is slated to begin serving area residents, workers and visitors in the second half of 2018.

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August 2015 -- The City of Milwaukee has executed an agreement with We Energies for the company to complete a detailed review of impacted facilities and final design of proposed solutions and relocations. The utility is expected to present its findings to the City in late fall. The We Energies design agreement will be used as a template for agreements with other private utilities impacted along the route.

August 2015 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration has approved the city's proposed adjustment to the initial streetcar route. The route will now run east and west between Broadway and Jackson on Kilbourn Avenue instead of Wells Street. The City continues to work cooperatively with East Town stakeholders on the change. The route will also be relocated from Van Buren Street, entirely to Jackson Street. The adjustment is expected to provide millions of dollars in cost savings related to underground utility relocations. View detailed route maps here.

May 15, 2015 -- A report measuring downtown Milwaukee's entertainment and hospitality offerings was released today. The report touts the streetcar as helping to address downtown's connectivity. Read more.

June 2015 -- After careful analysis, the City of Milwaukee will move forward with plans to adjust the initial streetcar route.  The route will now run east and west between Broadway and Jackson on Kilbourn Avenue instead of Wells Street and the City continues to work cooperatively with East Town stakeholders on the change.  The route will also be relocated from Van Buren Street, entirely to Jackson Street. The adjustment is expected to provide millions of dollars in cost savings related to underground utility relocations and will require approvals from the Federal Transit Administration. View updated route map.

May 15, 2015 -- A report measuring downtown Milwaukee's entertainment and hospitality offerings was released today. The report touts the streetcar as helping to address downtown's connectivity. Read more.

April 6, 2015 -- Milwaukee's streetcar project has taken another significant step forward. The Department of Public Works has issued the Request for Proposals for qualified contractors to supply four new modern streetcars. The RFP puts into place a competitive process that will get the best possible cars and the best value. The RFP and related documents may be viewed here.

March 26, 2105 -- City officials and the project consultant team today reported to the Common Council's Joint Committee on Downtown Streetcar Implementation. Among the updates: final design is well underway; the first construction contracts, related to utility relocations, could be let this summer; and a local hiring and training program is being developed. The committee is expected to meet monthly. Read more in this Milwaukee Business Journal coverage.

February 23, 2015 -- BizTimesMedia takes a look at the impact The Milwaukee Streetcar could have on the downtown real estate market. The story follows the streetcar's initial route and discusses opportunities related to commercial and residential development, retail, tourism and more. Read more.

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.

 


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