Modern Vehicles

The City of Milwaukee has contracted with U.S. streetcar manufacturer Brookville Equipment Corp. to design, build and test its new modern streetcars. The initial order is for five vehicles, including spare parts and support services.

A rendering of a Brookville streetcar in Milwaukee’s Third Ward

A rendering of a Brookville streetcar on St. Paul

A rendering of a Brookville streetcar on Mason Street

A rendering of a Brookville streetcar on 4th Street

ABOUT MILWAUKEE'S STREETCARS

  • Three-piece, articulated cars.
  • 67 feet long, 8 feet, 8 inches wide.
  • Designed to comfortably accommodate up to 120 people seated and standing, with a maximum capacity of 150.
  • 32 seats: 14 on each end of the vehicle and plus 4 flip-down seats in the center.
  • Weight of about 83,000 pounds.
  • Two doors per side for fast boarding.
  • Low-floor design compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Roll-on/roll-off access for wheelchairs, strollers and bikes.
  • Electric power operations, including an overhead catenary system.
  • Clean and quiet ride.
  • Mixed traffic operations, preserving majority of on-street parking.
  • Double-ended, meaning it can be operated from either end.  The driver walks to the other end of the vehicle to drive in the other direction.
  • Runs on standard 56.5-inch track gauge, using Brookville’s industry-proven soft-ride trucks.
  • Powered by four 99kW AC traction motors.
  • Subfloors manufactured and donated by local firm Milwaukee Composites, Inc., a producer of lightweight floor for the international transit industry.
  • Delivery of all five vehicles expected by summer 2018.

ABOUT BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORP.

  • The Brookville, Pennsylvania-based transportation vehicle manufacturer was founded in 1918 and manufacturer streetcars, locomotives and mining and tunneling vehicles.
  • Brookville is the only maker of streetcars to design and manufacture exclusively in the United States.
  • Milwaukee's cars are being manufactured at the company's Pennsylvania plant.
  • Brookville has demonstrated success in recently manufacturing and delivering four similar vehicles for Dallas.
  • The firm engineered and manufactured six similar modern streetcar vehicles for Detroit.
  • Brookville is currently delivering vehicles for a seven-car order to Oklahoma City.
  • The manufacturer is complying with federal "Buy American" provisions, which require the vehicles to be produced with at least 60% domestic content and final assembly of the vehicle to take place in the United States.
  • Brookville has been in the streetcar business since 2002, building new modern streetcars and overhauling, restoring and modernizing existing streetcar vehicles.
  • The company employs more than 300 people. 



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