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.