July 2014 -- The second "Streetcar Social" is set for Tuesday, July 29 from 5-7 at Taylor's, 795 North Jefferson Street in downtown Milwaukee.
Patterned after events held in two other future streetcar cities, Atlanta and Cincinnati, our social will be purely that – casual, relaxed, nonpolitical and without a formal presentation. It's a chance to join with other future Milwaukee Streetcar riders and talk about the modern transit improvement in both Milwaukee and other cities across the U.S., and how it'll move Milwaukee forward. This event – like more to follow -- takes place at a business on or near the route. Thanks to Taylor's for hosting. (Appetizers and cash bar.). Learn more.
May 2014 – Streetcar Social planned for May 15 at new business on the route
If you're one of the many people waiting to ride The Milwaukee Streetcar, this free, fun event is for you. On Thursday, May 15 from 5-6:30 p.m., we launch the first in a series of periodic "Streetcar Socials," informal events held along the route for people who are looking forward to the day the streetcar begins operating. The casual event is hosted at Residence, which features stylish interiors and affordable luxuries at 612 North Broadway. Learn more.
April 2014 -- Project awarded $3.18 million in operating funds
Wisconsin's Department of Transportation recently awarded The Milwaukee Streetcar project $3.18 million in funds through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, a federally funded effort that encourages transportation projects that improve air quality. The grant award will support streetcar system operations. Read more about CMAQ funding here and about The Milwaukee Streetcar grant here.
April 2014 -- Streetcar project moves ahead despite controversial ruling
Despite the recent Public Service Commission ruling related to who must pay for the relocation of privately owned utilities, The Milwaukee Streetcar project moves ahead. Of the ruling, Mayor Barrett said "We're not surprised that the Public Service Commission continues to politicize a local public works improvement project. The PSC and State Legislature believe that private investor-owned utilities, which use publicly financed roadways for free, should be given special treatment when it comes to public improvement projects in Milwaukee. We disagree." Following the ruling, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board reaffirmed its support of the project and encouraged the City to appeal, which the City Attorney said he will recommend. Jeff Sherman of OnMilwaukee.com urged cooperation to move the project forward and Dave Reid of UrbanMilwaukee.com offered up a nice summary of how we got here.
January 2014 -- Editors agree project is an economic driver for city
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin's largest newspaper, says in an editorial posted 1/16/14 that " Barrett sees the project as an economic driver for the city, and we think he's right."
January 2014 -- Federal Transit Administration has approved streetcar route
The Federal Transit Administration has formally approved the City of Milwaukee's adjustment to the streetcar route, which provides significant utility relocation cost savings and brings the economic development and transit benefits to another major downtown street.
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October 2013 -- Significant Progress Being Made in the 60% Design Phase
The project team is completing design related to the following: track and roadway, public utilities, platforms, overhead contact system and traction power, communications, and the operations and maintenance facility.
September 2013 – NEWaukee and Urban Milwaukee Host a Streetcar Route Walk
Two local organizations hosted a casual walk along part of the route, with stops at establishments along the way.
June 2013 -- City Works to Avoid Utility Impacts
Analysis of potential utility impacts from the streetcar is now in full swing with final engineering work for the streetcar underway.