FEBRUARY 11, 2015
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  Thank you for your continued interest in and enthusiasm about The Milwaukee Streetcar. There are some exciting updates we'd like to share.  
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Common Council gives final approval   Mayor Tom Barrett signs the legislation

On Tuesday, February 10, the City of Milwaukee Common Council gave final approval to the city’s plan to move the streetcar forward. 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. It’s an exciting day for our community as we move ahead with a modern way for people to connect with their jobs, their homes, and their entertainment destinations.  The Milwaukee Streetcar is designed to build on exciting momentum and  improve mobility; attract and retain investment, business, talent and visitors; create jobs; and further position Milwaukee as a world-class city.


Following the Common Council’s action to approve the streetcar, Mayor Tom Barrett signed the legislation. The signing ceremony took place at Cudahy’s Irish Pub inside the Pabst Theater, which has been designated as a City of Milwaukee Landmark, a State of Wisconsin Historical Site, and a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1895, The Pabst is the fourth oldest continuous operating theater in the United States and is located within easy walking distance of the streetcar’s starter route.  The ceremony was attended by Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton, Nik Kovac, Bob Bauman, Willie Wade, Jose Perez, Common Council President Michael Murphy and City Treasurer Spencer Coggs, as well as dozens of community leaders, civic boosters and project enthusiasts.

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What are the next steps for The Milwaukee Streetcar?  The City of Milwaukee will enter the Final Design and Engineering phase and initiate vehicle procurement. The preliminary timeline for groundbreaking is late 2015 or early 2016,  with full operation in mid-2018. Factors that will influence the final timeline include: modifications in final engineering, vehicle delivery timelines, utility relocation discussions, and Federal Transit Administration approvals. 


There has been significant news coverage of the events leading up to the final approval of the streetcar on February 10, 2015.  Much of the coverage is posted here.  Those who are interested may stay in touch with the project by following on Facebook and Twitter.  Here, you will find updates and news about The Milwaukee Streetcar as well as information about other related transit projects around the U.S. and world.



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