Work has concluded on Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Documentation, including the final Environmental Assessment. In July 2011, the City of Milwaukee Common Council voted to authorize planning work for The Milwaukee Streetcar to advance. In January 2012, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) responded to the Environmental Assessment and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
Today, The Milwaukee Streetcar project development continues. The city has contracted with an Owner's Representative and Design team. Significant progress is being made in the current 60% design phase. As part of this phase, the project team is currently completing design related to the following: track and roadway, public utilities, platforms, overhead contact system and traction power, communications, and the operations and maintenance facility. This phase also includes: updating the capital cost estimate, additional geotechnical work, stray current and corrosion control analysis, hollow walk investigations, and traffic analysis. The next steps also include ongoing coordination with the utility companies to reduce impacts and costs for modifications and relocations of their facilities.