August 24, 2016   
  The Milwaukee Streetcar continues to make progress. Read below for information on recent news and steps forward. As always, get the latest news by liking the project on Facebook and following on Twitter. If you live or work on or near the route, you may also want to sign up for Construction News emails here. Thank you for your ongoing interest!  
 
Council approves local match for proposed Fourth Street Extension   City identifies mainline contractor, initiates negotiations

Ride (and Bublr!) the Route to the Night Market: Sept. 14

 

City selects Kiewit to build the streetcar system

 

Bublr Bikes and the Wisconsin Bike Fed, in cooperation with the City of Milwaukee, are leading a free group ride of The Milwaukee Streetcar route.  The ride will start at 5:30 p.m. at Burns Commons (the park at Prospect Ave. and Ogden Ave), soon to be the site of a new Bublr bike station.  There will be 15 Bublr bikes on hand, so consider arriving early to rent one or pick one up at another station on your way there.  (You may return them at the end of the route at the 4th and Wisconsin Bublr station.)  Of course, you may ride your own bike, too!  Before the ride, preview the new Bublr station and enjoy a brief Bike Fed Share & Be Aware bike safety presentation.  Then, streetcar staff will lead the ride along the route ending at Newaukee’s Night Market downtown.  There will be a couple of stops along the way to point out streetcar highlights.  Learn more and register here.

 

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has selected Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to build The Milwaukee Streetcar’s Phase 1 line, Lakefront Extension and Operations and Maintenance Facility. Under its contract, Kiewit will be responsible for all construction activities, including installation of the rail, the overhead contact system and streetcar stops. Kiewit was one of seven firms from around the country that submitted proposals to build the system.  Kiewit and its staff are highly experienced in building urban rail lines. Kiewit, one of the largest transportation contractors in North America, is an employee-owned Fortune 500 company. Urban rail projects that Kiewit has built include the I-225 light rail line in Denver and Aurora, Colo., the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project and the nine-mile expansion of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail Orange Line.

Ride the Route to the Night Market   Three new development projects cite the streetcar as a benefit

Contractor Kiewit to issue RFPs for streetcar work

 

Hundreds play “Streetcar Trivia” at Downtown Employee Appreciation Week

 

Kiewit will be issuing requests for proposals for subcontractors in the near future and will also hire local employees. RFP information will be posted on the project website here.  The first RFP will likely be related to building of Systems.  The company is firmly committed to the DBE goal of 21% and residential preference goal of upwards of 40%.  Additionally, a contractor forum will be conducted in September to provide an opportunity for DBE and local firms to learn more about the streetcar project and opportunities to bid for work on the job.  The project will also incorporate a job-training program.

 

A hearty shout-out to Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District #21 for hosting The Milwaukee Streetcar at its annual, much-celebrated Downtown Employee Appreciation Week July 25-29.  Hundreds of people visited the streetcar booth to play “Streetcar Trivia.”  Participants answered questions like “How many riders can our streetcar hold?” (150); “How many people work in downtown Milwaukee?” (83,500); and “Who was San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor?” (Maya Angelou.)

 

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