May 30, 2018

I want to personally invite you to join me in being among the first to hop on board The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, at our upcoming Streetcar Open House.  This community event will feature the unique opportunity to not only climb on board The Hop, but also to get a behind-the-scenes look at the new streetcar maintenance facility.  

 The Hop Open House on Friday, June 8th will run from 4-6 p.m. at the streetcar maintenance facility, located under the I-794 expressway between North Fourth and Fifth Streets. Public access to the event will be at the northeast corner of the facility near the intersection of N. Fourth Street and W. Clybourn Street. The streetcar, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will be stationary during the event.

 Thank you for your support of The Hop. I hope you’ll join me for this close-up look, and then make an evening out of it by visiting the many great businesses along the streetcar route.  




Tom Barrett


May 10, 2018

Join us for our 4th Community Workshop for the Moving Milwaukee Forward through Transit Oriented Development Study

 There are two meetings scheduled, one for the King Drive area and one for the Walker’s Point area.

Tuesday, May 22nd
Welford Sanders Enterprise Center
2812 N 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Wednesday, May 23rd
Escuela Vieau, gymnasium
823 South 4th Street
Milwaukee WI 53204
A light dinner will be served at both meetings

The proposed, future extensions of the Milwaukee Streetcar north along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and south into Walker’s Point have the potential to connect people to jobs, attract new businesses, bring new housing options, and improve public open spaces. The City of Milwaukee, Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, Walker's Point Association, and Harbor District Inc. are planning for how to ensure residents and businesses benefit from the potential changes that improved transit could bring to the neighborhood. The only way to make this study successful is to hear from residents.

Over the course of the past three community workshops, we heard from the community on a wide range of topics related to a new streetcar line and got feedback on preliminary design concepts to address:

·         Housing needs, especially affordable options

·         Different type of commercial activity that people would like to have in their neighborhood

·         Keeping the unique cultural identity of the neighborhoods

·         Size and appearance of new buildings

·         Making the area more pleasant for walking and biking

Please help us in refining these concepts as we think about the different ways to make these community goals happen.

There will be a presentation at the beginning, followed by an opportunity to talk with the study team and other residents in small groups about the preliminary recommendations.  Additional details about the event and the project are on the attached flyers. Please attend and bring a neighbor!

April 26, 2018

Jobs Fair for Milwaukee Streetcar Positions Set for Wednesday May 2 at Maintenance Facility
More than 20 Positions Open, Including Streetcar Operators, Vehicle Maintenance Technician

The operator of The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, is holding a jobs fair and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 to fill more than 20 new positions, including 14 streetcar operator jobs.

The jobs fair and open house will take place at the streetcar operations and maintenance facility. Attendees should use the entrance on N. 5th Street (450 N. 5th St.).

Transdev, the firm that will operate The Hop system, will discuss the positions with applicants and conduct initial interviews at the open house. Applicants must bring copies of their resumes. Business or business casual attire is suggested.

Due to limited space in the facility, only four people will be allowed inside at a time, so applicants are encouraged to dress for the weather if necessary. If time runs out for initial interviews, remaining applicants will be called back the following week.

Those interested in streetcar jobs may also apply at and

Transdev will also discuss positions and take applications from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday May 3 at the Milwaukee Career Expo at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Information on registering for the expo and other details are at

Current open positions and desired backgrounds are:
  • Streetcar Operators (14) – transit or commercial driving experience preferred but not required.
  • Streetcar Supervisors (4) – 2 years supervisory experience preferred in transportation or similar field.
  • Safety Trainer/Supervisor (1) – 1-2 years of training experience in safety or similar field or roles
  • Administrative Generalist – 2 yrs. prior experience in a human resource department environment with experience in payroll systems.
  • Facility Maintenance Technician (2) – 2-3 years prior facility maintenance experience preferred especially in areas of electrical systems.
  • Brookville Vehicle Maintenance Technician - high school diploma or associate degree in electrical field preferred.
Technical training and streetcar or mass transit vehicle experience preferred. Salaries for the positions generally range from $40,000 to $65,000. Transdev is expected to employ about 30 people for The Hop operations.

March 16, 2018

The Hop Streetcar presented by Potawatomi Hotel and Casino - Operations and Maintenance Employment Opportunities

The first employees to operate and maintain the new Milwaukee Streetcar system are being sought by Transdev Services, the firm that will operate the streetcar system.

Transdev this week posted job descriptions seeking 9 employees to fill the positions of streetcar supervisor, safety and training manager, wayside supervisor and maintenance of way technician. More employees including vehicle operators will be sought in the near future. The initial workforce for operating and maintaining the system will total about 30 employees.

More information on the Transdev job openings is available at

March 16, 2018

2-Story Hired to Market System

"City engineer Jeff Polenske announced the city is negotiating the final details of a contract to market the system with 2-Story Marketing. The Walker’s Point-based firm will be in charge of developing public information and safety campaigns around the system, as well as generating more sponsorship deals. The firm will also be responsible for developing a final website that reflects the new brand, The Hop.

“Obviously 2-Story is incredibly proud to be part of this transformational project,” said firm owner and president Ellen Homb. “Even though we’re small, we’re very mighty in our reach.” Homb said the firm’s client roster includes the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage DistrictMilwaukee Public Schools and Brewers Community Foundation. The firm has previously worked with the city on the Lead Safe Milwaukee campaign and with the Forestry Department.

The city received six bids from local firms to market the system. Helping the city analyze the bids were private sector partners Tarik Moody of 88Nine, Gary Witt of the Pabst Theater GroupScott Schwebel of Colectivo Coffee and Megan Suardini of VISIT Milwaukee. “It was really important for us to not only get the experience on the marketing side from some outside individuals, but also a different set of eyes from a business standpoint,” said Polenske."

Click HERE to read the full article from Urban Milwaukee

January 31, 2018

Check out this new video with great footage of the first year (2017) of construction of The Milwaukee Streetcar system. Streetcar supporter Zachary Staszewski put the video together at the request of Matt Dorner, economic development director of Milwaukee Downtown. Zach’s video includes time-lapse video of track installation at N. Broadway and E. St. Paul Ave. Kiewit Infrastructure Co., the streetcar’s construction manager, shot the time-lapse footage from the deck of Café Benelux in the Historic Third Ward from September to December.

January 18, 2018

Moving Milwaukee Forward Community Workshop

Help shape the potential future expansion of The Milwaukee Streetcar!

With the possibility of a future streetcar line connecting these two neighborhoods to downtown, the City wants to hear from residents about: 
· Where transit oriented development should occur and what it should look like
· How to make the neighborhood better for walking
· What housing options residents need in their neighborhood

Your input will help shape these neighborhoods!

TOD Community Workshop - Bronzeville
Wednesday, January 31 | 6:00-8:00pm | Hillside Terrace

TOD Community Workshop - Walker’s Point
Thursday, February 1 | 6:00-8:00pm | IndependenceFirst

NOTE: Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for the event should contact the City of Milwaukee ADA Coordinator at (414) 286-3475 or as least 72 hours beforehand.

December 23, 2017

November 22, 2017

Request for Proposals: Marketing Services for The Milwaukee Streetcar

The City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works (DPW) on Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for marketing The Milwaukee Streetcar.

UPDATE: The deadline for proposals has been extended to no later than 4:00 PM CT January 5, 2018.

The RFP is available on DPW’s website: The initial contract is slated to begin in early 2018 and run for three years, with two possible one-year extensions.

Criteria to be used in the selection process include contract costs; team experience; project understanding and marketing approach; key personnel qualifications and availability; and ability to achieve an 18% DBE goal.
The marketing firm or team selected and contracted for the streetcar will coordinate with DPW, the streetcar system operator and other staff and consultants supporting the Milwaukee Streetcar.

October 25, 2017

Join Us For The Second Public Meeting For The Moving Milwaukee Forward Study

The location for the Mount Zion meeting has been changed to On the Bayou Restaurant, located at 2053 N. Martin Luther King Drive.

Thank you for expressing interest in the Moving Milwaukee Forward study.  Continue the conversation with us and tell us what’s important to you as we walk the neighborhood on Saturday, November 4th. The proposed streetcar extensions in the King Drive and Walker’s Point neighborhoods have the potential to connect people to jobs, attract new businesses, bring new housing options, and improve public open spaces. The City of Milwaukee, Harbor District, Walker's Point Association, Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, and other local partners are planning for how to ensure residents and business benefit from the potential changes that improved transit could bring to the neighborhood. The only way to make this study successful is to hear from residents like you.

  • Hear what we have been told so far at the first public meeting
  • Find out what other cities are doing
  • Tell us what should be maintained, strengthened and changed

The upcoming workshops on Saturday, November 4th is the second of several community workshops that will be conducted throughout this process.

There will be two workshops, one in Walker’s Point in the morning and one in the King Drive/ Bronzeville area in the afternoon.  As part of the workshop, we will be walking in the neighborhood. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes!  Additional details about the event, including location and times, are on the attached flyers. 


October 6, 2017

Mayor Tom Barrett announces sponsorship and naming of the Streetcar: The HOP presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. This deal also includes $10 million to support operations and maintenance costs over 12 years. "We're also excited to announce that the funds will include paying for free rides for everyone for the first 12 months of the streetcar's operation," Barrett said. "It's an amazing gift to Milwaukee's residents, workers and visitors."


September 21, 2017

The City and local partners are planning for future, proposed streetcar routes in the neighborhoods outside of downtown, along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and in Walker’s Point.  This new initiative, Moving Milwaukee Forward, will help ensure residents and business benefit from the potential changes that improved transit could bring to the neighborhood.

To the north, the recent activity in and around Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District including the Arena District construction, the opening of Pete’s Fruit Market, the ongoing redevelopment of the former Garfield Avenue School and other developments is incredibly exciting. To the south, all of the ongoing development activity in and around Walker’s Point is exciting and the neighborhood remains one of the most rapidly evolving areas in the City.

You are invited to participate in a process to help plan for how to capitalize on this momentum and plan for the future of the area. See the flyers below for more information on those meetings.

September 5, 2017

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has announced Trasdev Services Inc. as the operator of the Milwaukee Streetcar!


June 21, 2017

Great turnout for a Streetcar Social that was held last night on the 20th floor of Two-Fifty which overlooked the progress on Broadway. Many business on Broadway were in attendance to talk about their products and services. 

May 11, 2017

Rail has started to be laid into the street on West Saint Paul Avenue! 

May 17, 2017

Crews performed their first test pour of concrete around the rail on West Saint Paul Avenue. Regular pours are set to begin next week. 

May, 2017

The Milwaukee Department of Public Works started negotiations with a firm to potentially operate and maintain the Milwaukee Streetcar system. Five companies submitted proposals in response to the city’s request for proposals. The selected firm will be responsible for all day-to-­day functions associated with streetcar operations, including hiring and training of staff and maintenance of vehicles, track, facilities, stations and systems.

April 7, 2017

Students from Milwaukee Public Schools' Bradley Tech High School were present to watch as crews electrically flash butt welded together pieces of rail on Milwaukee Street. The students were joined by Mayor Tom Barrett. 







The City of Milwaukee's official streetcar project website.