August 19, 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!  
 
Feds approve cost-saving route modification   Walkers Point Extension
Feds approve cost-saving route modification  

Vehicle purchase process advances

 

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.

 

The City of Milwaukee received numerous responses to its Request for Proposal from firms looking to supply four new modern streetcars, associated spare parts, materials, and services for The Milwaukee Streetcar project.  A multi-disciplinary evaluation committee comprised of city staff, technical consultant experts and community representatives has reviewed the proposals related to qualifications, technical capabilities, vehicle aesthetics and proposed budget, and interviews have been conducted.  Additional steps in the process will occur in August, with a decision expected to be announced this fall.        

Get the inside track on construction news   Streetcar cited in Schlitz Park development announcement
Get the inside track on construction news   Streetcar cited in Schlitz Park development announcement
 

If you are on or near the route, we want to be sure you are among the first to receive future news about streetcar construction. Throughout streetcar construction, the City of Milwaukee will communicate regularly with those who have homes, businesses, jobs and/ or property along the route. Mainline construction is slated to start mid-2016. These project updates, delivered via email, will be used throughout construction and system testing to:

• Provide construction timelines and updates
• Inform businesses and residents about
  community meetings
• Communicate City "Support for Business"
  programs and activities
• Solicit input and questions from stakeholders
  on the route

To be included on construction news email updates and share questions or concerns you may have about construction, please complete this form.

 

The Milwaukee Streetcar is being cited as a factor encouraging expansion of the Schlitz Park office complex.  Schlitz Park is home to more than 4,200 employees at major Milwaukee organizations including ManpowerGroup, US Bank, UMB Fund Services, HSA Bank, Aurora Health Care and others.  And, it may soon be the focus of an additional $20 million in investment and upgrades as well as future new office space, an apartment complex and business-friendly hotel.  “With renovated buildings, green space and an expanded array of lifestyle amenities that appeal to the needs of today’s young professional workforce, incredible momentum is underway at Schlitz Park.  We’ve created a vibrant office community successfully competing in the new economy,” developer Gary Grunau said in the announcement.  “Further, the arena development, streetcar construction and strong adjacent apartment market adds to the vibrancy of Schlitz Park and our excitement about the future possibilities.”  (Shown: A possible 2016 Schlitz Park project is the transformation of one of the office campus' most iconic buildings -- the Powerhouse -- with an addition that will create 80,000 square feet of office space. Centrally located on the Schlitz Park campus, the planned four stories of office space will overlook Brewhouse Square, the river and downtown.)

Streetcar at Downtown Employee Appreciation Week   City finalizes design agreement with We Energies
Streetcar at Downtown Employee Appreciation Week   City finalizes design agreement with We Energies
 

The Milwaukee Streetcar project would like to extend a “thank you” to Milwaukee Downtown BID#21 for including us at its Downtown Employee Appreciation Week events July 27 through July 31.  Thousands of people visited the streetcar’s booth over the five days, many of whom entered to win a t-shirt featuring Urban Milwaukee’s “Milwaukee Streetcar” logo.  Winners have been selected and notified.  Congratulations to Margaret G., Jeff R., Jerome J., LaVar M., Kristin B. and Ralph T.  Your shirts are in the mail!  If your organization is hosting a public event and would like The Milwaukee Streetcar representatives and display on hand, please ask!  Email comments@themilwaukeestreetcar.com.

 

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.

 

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