The development of The Milwaukee Streetcar is moving forward following city approval and additional funding in February 2015. Final design of the Phase 1 route is nearing completion and, with the October 2015 announcement of a $14.2 million federal TIGER grant, further Lakefront Line planning is also underway. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for streetcar vehicles was issued and selection of a vehicle vendor, U.S.-based Brookville Equipment Corp., is complete. Preliminary utility relocation work was completed in fall 2015 and will continue in 2016. In spring 2016, RFPs will go out for building the system's main line, operations and maintenance facility. Mainline construction is expected to start late summer. The Milwaukee Streetcar’s Phase 1 route is slated to begin serving area residents, workers and visitors in 2018 with the Lakefront Line extension launching service in 2019.
Factors that may influence this timeline include: modifications in final engineering, utility relocation discussions, materials procurement schedules and Federal Transit Administration approvals.