MAY 2, 2014  
Thank you for your continued interest in and enthusiasm about The Milwaukee Streetcar, a modern transportation alternative that will help improve Milwaukee and the region. There are some exciting updates we'd like to share.
Developers Journal Sentinel
Join us for a Streetcar Social on
May 15 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Project awarded $3.18 million in operating funds from State of WI
On Thursday, May 15 from 5:00-6:30 p.m., a local retailer who re-located his business from the suburbs to be on the streetcar route will host a Streetcar Social. This free, casual gathering of like-minded people is the first in a series of periodic events to promote ridership, raise awareness and support businesses along the route. The May 15th event is hosted by Kerry Shannon, owner of Residence, which features stylish interiors and affordable luxuries at 612 North Broadway in Downtown Milwaukee. Light refreshments and beverages will be available.
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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.

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Streetcar project moves ahead despite controversial ruling Get on board with The Milwaukee Streetcar

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 boardreaffirmed 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.

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