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March 27, 2017 – All 424 steel segments for the Phase 1 track have arrived in downtown Milwaukee and been dropped at five locations along the route. Watch video. Next up, the 80-foot sticks of steel will be welded into approx. 320-foot long track segments. Live or work on or near the route? Sign up now to receive Construction News Updates.

February 17, 2017 – The City detailed plans for track construction for The Milwaukee Streetcar's first phase. Track construction will begin this spring, likely starting in March with delivery of steel rail. Read more.

February 17, 2017 – The City of Milwaukee has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an operator for Milwaukee's streetcar system. A preproposal conference is scheduled for March 2, with submittals due by April 4. The RFP and related documents are available here.

February 17, 2017 – The City of Milwaukee Department of City Development has released two Requests for Proposals (RFP), seeking consultant teams to assist in developing a set of strategies to foster equitable Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the corridors under consideration for future extensions of The Milwaukee Streetcar.  Meeting is set for February 27. Read more.

January 2017 – An informational and worker recruitment meeting is set for 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, January 26, 2017 at WRTP/BIG STEP, 3841 W. Wisconsin Ave. Read more.

September 8, 2016 – Milwaukee Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban and the project manager for the firm building The Milwaukee Streetcar held their first outreach event Sept. 8 with Milwaukee businesses about subcontracting opportunities. Read more.

September 2, 2016 – The streetcar project's contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure, which will issue 30+ project RPFs in the coming months, is hosting a subcontractor outreach and information event on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 2-3pm at the Dept. of Public Works field office, 3850 N. 35th St.  The event is intended for any contractor interested in more information about streetcar construction opportunities, including, but not limited to those that specialize in electrical, roadway, telecom, signage, trucking, surveying, utilities, excavation, drainage, sidewalks, etc.  DBE and small business enterprise firms are encouraged to attend.  For more information call or email Marshall Legenza, or 773-458-1250.

August 19, 2016 – The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has selected Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to build The Milwaukee Streetcar’s Phase 1 line, Lakefront Extension and Operations and Maintenance Facility. Under its contract, Kiewit will be responsible for all construction activities, including installation of the rail, the overhead contact system and streetcar stops. Kiewit was one of seven firms from around the country that submitted proposals to build the system. Read more.

July 6, 2016 – The City of Milwaukee Common Council today voted to approve a local funding package for the streetcar’s proposed Fourth Street Extension. The $20 million, funded through two existing and one new Tax Incremental Districts, will act as a local match for a pending $20 million federal TIGER grant request with awards expected to be announced this fall.

June 2016 -- The City of Milwaukee remains committed to expanding the starter streetcar route into adjacent neighborhoods and is pursuing a federal TIGER grant and local match for an initial extension on Fourth Street.

April 18, 2016 -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure a Construction Manager – General Contractor to provide preconstruction and construction services for the Milwaukee Streetcar Project Phase 1 and the Lakefront Line extension. Find it here.

March 2016 -- Streetcar-related bid opportunities are expected to be announced next month. As this is a City of Milwaukee construction project, you can access up-to-date construction opportunities on the City's Department of Public Works (DPW) website. The DPW Home Page is found here. On the home page, go to the "Quick Links" section (lower right) and select "Official Bid Notices." Streetcar-related bid opportunities will be listed once they are published. The exact RFP publication date for mainline track and the Operations and Maintenance Facility construction has not been finalized. You may also want to sign up for the City's e-notify service to receive notices of bid opportunities.

January 2016 -- To help support and promote development along and near the streetcar corridor in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, Milwaukee Downtown (Business Improvement District #21) has published a "MKE Streetcar Development and Investment Guide."  (Read More.)

November 2015 -- – Milwaukee has approved an agreement with a U.S. streetcar manufacturer to build its vehicles. (Read More.)

October 2015 -- On October 26, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the City of Milwaukee a $14.2 million grant to enable construction of The Milwaukee Streetcar's Lakefront Line. (Read More.)

September 2015 -- Vendors, suppliers and contractors are invited to learn more about The Milwaukee Streetcar's bidding requirements, DBE certification and special opportunities at a seminar on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program will take place from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A session from 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Prism Technical, Lower Level Community Room, 2745 North Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Milwaukee. For more information and to register click here.

August 2015 -- The City of Milwaukee has executed an agreement with We Energies for the company to complete a detailed review of impacted facilities and final design of proposed solutions and relocations. The utility is expected to present its findings to the City in late fall. The We Energies design agreement will be used as a template for agreements with other private utilities impacted along the route.

August 2015 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration has approved the city's proposed adjustment to the initial streetcar route. The route will now run east and west between Broadway and Jackson on Kilbourn Avenue instead of Wells Street. The City continues to work cooperatively with East Town stakeholders on the change. The route will also be relocated from Van Buren Street, entirely to Jackson Street. The adjustment is expected to provide millions of dollars in cost savings related to underground utility relocations. View detailed route maps here.

May 15, 2015 -- A report measuring downtown Milwaukee's entertainment and hospitality offerings was released today. The report touts the streetcar as helping to address downtown's connectivity. Read more.

April 6, 2015 -- Milwaukee's streetcar project has taken another significant step forward. The Department of Public Works has issued the Request for Proposals for qualified contractors to supply four new modern streetcars. The RFP puts into place a competitive process that will get the best possible cars and the best value. The RFP and related documents may be viewed here.

March 26, 2105 -- City officials and the project consultant team today reported to the Common Council's Joint Committee on Downtown Streetcar Implementation. Among the updates: final design is well underway; the first construction contracts, related to utility relocations, could be let this summer; and a local hiring and training program is being developed. The committee is expected to meet monthly. Read more in this Milwaukee Business Journal coverage.

February 23, 2015 -- BizTimesMedia takes a look at the impact The Milwaukee Streetcar could have on the downtown real estate market. The story follows the streetcar's initial route and discusses opportunities related to commercial and residential development, retail, tourism and more. Read more.

February 10, 2015 --  Today, the City of Milwaukee Common Council gave final approval to the city's plan to move the streetcar forward and Mayor Tom Barrett signed the legislation.  Voting in favor of the streetcar were Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton, Nik Kovac, Bob Bauman, Milele Coggs, Willie Wade, Jose Perez, Terry Witkowski, Russell Stamper and Common Council President Michael Murphy.  Read more.

January 2015 --  The City of Milwaukee Common Council, on a vote of 10-5, approved plans to move the streetcar project forward. Following the vote, employing a rarely used parliamentary move, several aldermen delayed final approval until the February 10 Council meeting. Read more about the Council's action here.

January 2015 --  U.S. Congresswoman Gwen S. Moore submitted an opinion piece to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying "Expanding our city's public transportation options shouldn't be a controversial issue. When it comes to large metropolitan cities such as Milwaukee, public transit is widely recognized as a critical component in driving economic development and spurring economic growth." Read the complete letter here.

December 2014 --  Employing a rarely used parliamentary move, a handful of aldermen delayed the expected Dec. 16 vote on The Milwaukee Streetcar. The full Council will now take up the city'’s plan to move the streetcar forward at its Jan. 21 meeting.  Follow ongoing streetcar news by "liking" the project's official Facebook page.  Read more about the Council’s action to delay here.

November 2014 -- Several local news outlets have covered the City's announcement of its plans to move The Milwaukee Streetcar forward.
The announcement has been covered by the Milwaukee Business Journal, a Milwaukee Business Journal blog, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, BizTimes and others.

November 2014 -- City unveils new plan to build on $2.6 billion in downtown investment by moving the streetcar project forward and adding a Lakefront Line.
City unveils new plan to build on $2.6 billion in downtown investment by moving the streetcar project forward and adding a Lakefront Line. The plan covers the Lakefront Line and utility costs without property tax dollars.
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September 2014 -- The next "Streetcar Social" is set for Wednesday, October 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the "jazziest coffee house in town," City.Net Café.
City.Net Café is located on the route at 306 East Wisconsin Avenue. Patterned after events held in other future streetcar cities, such as Atlanta and Cincinnati, our social is a free event that is casual, relaxed, nonpolitical and without a formal presentation. It's a chance to join with other future Milwaukee Streetcar riders and talk about the modern transit improvement in both Milwaukee and other cities across the U.S., and how it'll move Milwaukee forward. Join us for this fun fall evening with other transit enthusiasts.   Learn more.

July 2014 -- The second "Streetcar Social" is set for Tuesday, July 29 from 5-7 at Taylor's, 795 North Jefferson Street in downtown Milwaukee.
Patterned after events held in two other future streetcar cities, Atlanta and Cincinnati, our social will be purely that – casual, relaxed, nonpolitical and without a formal presentation. It's a chance to join with other future Milwaukee Streetcar riders and talk about the modern transit improvement in both Milwaukee and other cities across the U.S., and how it'll move Milwaukee forward. This event – like more to follow -- takes place at a business on or near the route. Thanks to Taylor's for hosting. (Appetizers and cash bar.).  Learn more.

May 2014 – Streetcar Social planned for May 15 at new business on the route
If you're one of the many people waiting to ride The Milwaukee Streetcar, this free, fun event is for you. On Thursday, May 15 from 5-6:30 p.m., we launch the first in a series of periodic "Streetcar Socials," informal events held along the route for people who are looking forward to the day the streetcar begins operating.  The casual event is hosted at Residence, which features stylish interiors and affordable luxuries at 612 North Broadway.  Learn more.

April 2014 -- Project awarded $3.18 million in operating funds
Wisconsin's Department of Transportation recently awarded The Milwaukee Streetcar project $3.18 million in funds through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, a federally funded effort that encourages transportation projects that improve air quality. The grant award will support streetcar system operations. Read more about CMAQ funding here and about The Milwaukee Streetcar grant here.

April 2014 -- Streetcar project moves ahead despite controversial ruling
Despite the recent Public Service Commission ruling related to who must pay for the relocation of privately owned utilities, The Milwaukee Streetcar project moves ahead. Of the ruling, Mayor Barrett said "We're not surprised that the Public Service Commission continues to politicize a local public works improvement project. The PSC and State Legislature believe that private investor-owned utilities, which use publicly financed roadways for free, should be given special treatment when it comes to public improvement projects in Milwaukee. We disagree." Following the ruling, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board reaffirmed its support of the project and encouraged the City to appeal, which the City Attorney said he will recommend. Jeff Sherman of urged cooperation to move the project forward and Dave Reid of offered up a nice summary of how we got here.

January 2014 -- Editors agree project is an economic driver for city
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin's largest newspaper, says in an editorial posted 1/16/14 that " Barrett sees the project as an economic driver for the city, and we think he's right."    
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January 2014 -- Federal Transit Administration has approved streetcar route
The Federal Transit Administration has formally approved the City of Milwaukee's adjustment to the streetcar route, which provides significant utility relocation cost savings and brings the economic development and transit benefits to another major downtown street. 
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October 2013 -- Significant Progress Being Made in the 60% Design Phase
The project team is 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. 
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September 2013 – NEWaukee and Urban Milwaukee Host a Streetcar Route Walk
Two local organizations hosted a casual walk along part of the route, with stops at establishments along the way.
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June 2013 -- City Works to Avoid Utility Impacts
Analysis of potential utility impacts from the streetcar is now in full swing with final engineering work for the streetcar underway.
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March 2013 -- HNTB and HDR to Provide Final Design Services
The City’s Department of Public Works has contracted with the engineering and planning team of HNTB and HDR to provide final design services for Milwaukee's modern streetcar. 
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January 2013 -- City of Milwaukee Awarded Federal Grant
In December 2012, the federal government formally awarded the City of Milwaukee the $51.9 million federal grant for development of the streetcar.
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October 30, 2012 -- Progress Briefing at Pabst Theater
Commissioner of Public Works Ghassan Korban and City Engineer Jeff Polenske provided a project briefing at “The Milwaukee Streetcar: Facts and Future” event hosted by The Pabst Theater.
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October 2012 -- City Seeks Final Design Consultant
The Department of Public Works announced it is soliciting a Request for Qualifications to provide professional services for The Milwaukee Streetcar Project Final Design. 
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September 25, 2012 -- City Hosts DBE Goal-setting Event
The City invited Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) to participate in a discussion surrounding the DBE goal-setting process for The Milwaukee Streetcar project. 
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May 2012 -- City Contracts with Owner's Rep
The City has contracted with an Owner’s Representative team
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The City of Milwaukee's official streetcar project website.