APRIL 28, 2015  
  With Final Design well underway, The Milwaukee Streetcar continues to make strong progress. Read below for information on recent news, events and steps forward. As always, get the latest news by liking the project on Facebook and following on Twitter. Thank you for your ongoing interest!  
 
Developers   Journal Sentinel
City releases request for proposal for streetcar vehicles   Streetcar part of transportation forum
 

The City has taken another major step forward for The Milwaukee Streetcar by issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase four new, modern streetcar vehicles.  This puts into place a competitive process that will get the best modern streetcar vehicle for the best value.  In designing the RFP, the Department of Public Works worked with a consulting firm experienced in streetcar procurement. This helps Milwaukee take advantage of the lessons learned in other cities.  The modern vehicles are expected to be 65-82 feet in length, 8' 8" in width, double ended and offer level boarding at stop platforms.  The maximum seated capacity ranges from 100-140 while the maximum capacity including standing ranges from 200-240, depending on the vehicle and seat configuration. Proposals are due July 2, 2015 and the City expects to sign a contract by the end of September 2015.  Typical delivery time for a modern streetcar vehicle once an order is placed is 24+ months.

  The Milwaukee Streetcar was one of many topics of conversation at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's "Transportation Circus," held on March 31. The free event took a playful look at a serious issue, and included a transportation fair; inspiring pitches from Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee County Parks, The Milwaukee Streetcar, Uber and Wisconsin Bike Fed; stories and conversation with recent first-time transit users and an MCTS bus driver; and more. Milwaukee's City Engineer Jeff Polenske spoke and talked to participants about the streetcar project. Streetcar planners are happy to speak about the project at other community events. To make a request, please email questions@themilwaukeestreetcar.com.
Mayor Tom barrett   Streetcar Route
Change in federal regulations allows local hiring preferences   City considers route modification to achieve cost savings
 

Under new federal regulations, the City of Milwaukee plans to require contractors to hire local workers related to construction of the streetcar system, and will implement a training program on the project. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a pilot program that newly permits state and local recipients of federal highway and federal transit funds to issue solicitations with "local hire" preferences. DOT also proposes to amend its regulations to permit the use of such hiring preferences "whenever not otherwise prohibited by Federal statute." There also will be disadvantaged business enterprise contracting requirements on the streetcar project.

  The City's Final Design team is considering a route modification that could significantly reduce the cost of utility relocations. The possible change would move the planned westbound segment on Wells Street between Broadway and Jackson Street one block north to Kilbourn Avenue. As a part of this consideration, the City is working closely with East Town Association leaders to identify how a potential westbound street alignment in Kilbourn Avenue would coexist and potentially complement their longstanding events, Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days. "Through careful planning we are confident that we can maintain all our events while using the new streetcar system to connect residents, visitors and the downtown workforce," Kim Morris, executive director of East Town, wrote in an email to the Milwaukee Business Journal. "Additional meetings will be held to ensure that both events will remain intact and part of Milwaukee's thriving calendar of summer events," In fact, the streetcar could help ease parking demand in this area while delivering even more participants directly to the events.
 

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