December 30, 2015

As we close 2015, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 15 Milwaukee Streetcar accomplishments of the year.  Like you, we’re looking forward to 2016 when we’ll break ground on mainline and track construction.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Accomplishments of the 2015

On February 10 the City of Milwaukee Common Council gives final approval to initial routes and local funding.

Accomplishments of the 2015

The same day, at a packed celebration hosted by the Pabst Theater, Mayor Tom Barrett signs the legislation allowing the project to officially move forward.

Accomplishments of the 2015

The City applies for and, in October, receives a $14.2 million federal TIGER grant in support of the Lakefront Line, helped by dozens of letters of support. U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Peter Rogoff visits Milwaukee to make the announcement.

Accomplishments of the 2015

The City issues a Request for Proposals for vehicles, four firms respond and U.S.-based Brookville Manufacturing Corp. is selected to build Milwaukee’s streetcars.  In November, the $18.6 million contract is signed for the initial four vehicles.

Accomplishments of the 2015

A change in federal regulations allows local hiring preferences for the construction projects.  The City requires resident participation on public utility work and anticipates approval to do so on construction from 2016 to 2018.

Accomplishments of the 2015

The City finalizes a design agreement with We Energies and utility coordination advances.

Accomplishments of the 2015

A route adjustment to help save millions in utility relocation costs, is finalized and approved by the Federal Transit Administration. The route will now run east and west between Broadway and Jackson Street on Kilbourn Avenue instead of Wells Street. North and south travel from Kilbourn Avenue to Ogden Avenue will be relocated from Van Buren Street, entirely to Jackson Street.

Accomplishments of the 2015

Final Design and Engineering on the initial route nears completion and design on the Lakefront Line is started.

Accomplishments of the 2015

The City plans to work with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), the official metropolitan planning organization and regional planning commission for the seven-county southeastern Wisconsin area, to provide planning services for future streetcar expansion. 

Accomplishments of the 2015

Several projects mention the streetcar as related to their development, including the $13 million purchase of Downtown's main post office building and related major redevelopment; Northwestern Mutual Real Estate’s $100 million mixed-use tower; the Rare steakhouse in the 833 building; expansion and upgrades of the Schlitz Park office complex; Mandel Group’s planned apartment high rise at the corner of North Prospect and East Ogden Avenues; possible apartment development in the historic Mackie Building at North Broadway and East Michigan Street; an upscale apartment community in the Walker’s Point neighborhood; and more.

Accomplishments of the 2015

Several DBE and community outreach events and activities engage the local small business community and ensure opportunities are made available throughout streetcar construction. Resident and contractor input is sought and feasible ideas to increase DBE and small business participation are actively considered.

Accomplishments of the 2015

City representatives and the streetcar outreach team participate in 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's "Transportation Circus," Milwaukee Downtown’s Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, the Alverno Community Conference and dozens of small group presentations to groups across the city.

Accomplishments of the 2015

Visit Milwaukee honors the project with its annual Magnet Award, saying the streetcar will "have a substantial and positive economic impact on the region, help grow our city and connect our communities, and attract future visitors as well as development opportunities."

Accomplishments of the 2015

The City launches a streetcar-related On the Route construction support program, including a "construction news" sign-up opportunity.

Accomplishments of the 2015

The first streetcar-related utility work, the majority of water relocations, is started and completed.

 

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