October 6, 2015
  With Final Design well underway, The Milwaukee Streetcar continues to make strong progress. Read below for information on recent news, events and steps forward. As always, get the latest news by liking the project on Facebook and following on Twitter. Thank you for your ongoing interest!  
City to work with SEWRPC to plan future streetcar expansion   Vehicle procurement process advances

City to work with SEWRPC to plan future streetcar expansion


Vehicle procurement process advances


As in many  streetcar cities, such as Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Tampa, Little Rock, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Tucson, Cincinnati, Detroit and Kansas City, Milwaukee’s Phase 1 route is intended as a starter system.  There is a vision for a more extensive streetcar network.  The City plans to work with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) to provide planning services for future expansion.  SEWRPC is the official metropolitan planning organization and regional planning commission for the seven-county southeastern Wisconsin area.  The agreement with the city calls for SEWPRC to analyze eight different corridors of possible expansion and identify related coordination with and impacts on other transit services.  The SEWRPC study will be overseen by a city-appointed advisory panel.  (Click to view/download full-size route maps.)


The City of Milwaukee has identified a preferred vendor to provide modern streetcar vehicles for Phase 1 of The Milwaukee Streetcar. The City will now enter into contract negotiations with the company, the next step toward a formal contract award, Notice to Proceed and purchase of vehicles. The City will also begin the federally required, pre-award audit of the company for compliance with Buy America regulations.  The Milwaukee Streetcar must comply with the federal Buy America program, which requires the vehicles be produced with at least 60% domestic content and that final assembly of the vehicles take place in the United States.  The vendor was selected through an extensive, federally compliant procurement process that began with the issuance of a Request for Proposals in April 2015. As with most projects of this nature, to maintain a competitive negotiating advantage, the City does not disclose the selected vendor until the audit and contract negotiations are advanced or complete. A formal announcement of the selected vehicle manufacturer is expected in 3-4 weeks.

Get the inside track on construction news   City conducts streetcar-related DBE, contracting seminar
Get the inside track on construction news  

City conducts streetcar-related DBE, contracting seminar


If you are on or near the route, we want to be sure you are among the first to receive future news about streetcar construction. Throughout construction, the City of Milwaukee will communicate regularly with those who have homes, businesses, jobs and/ or property along the route. These project updates, delivered via email, will be used throughout construction and system testing to provide timelines and updates, inform stakeholders about community meetings, communicate City "Support for Business" programs and activities, and solicit input from people along the route. Mainline (track and systems) construction is slated to start mid-2016.

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As part of the City of Milwaukee’s ongoing commitment to community engagement, as outlined in its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Plan, a seminar was held on September 17th to alert local businesses of The Milwaukee Streetcar’s bidding requirements and differences between multiple certifications being utilized in the region by various units of government.

Nearly 25 individuals from small and disadvantaged contractors and vendors participated, learning that because the streetcar project uses federal funds, the City has developed a formal DBE Plan and established goals for the utilization of Wisconsin Unified Certification Program certified firms.  The seminar also noted that the City will establish Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goals for firms certified by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). The MMSD certification is used instead of the City's SBE program because the former is based strictly on sales volume and does not carry a social disadvantage criterion, per FTA guidelines.

In response to participant queries, the seminar also addressed the planned utilization of the City's Residents Preference Program (RPP) on the project, as allowed by recent federal developments.

Streetcar to participate in the Alverno Community Conference    

Streetcar to participate in the Alverno Community Conference


The Milwaukee Streetcar will be among dozens of exhibitors at the Alverno Community Conference Friday, October 9.  For 2015, the daylong conference is titled “A Tapestry of Sustainability”‌‌ and will include workshops, discussions, and creative activities designed to “look beyond clichés to see how the diverse strands of our community life can connect our local and global efforts. How can we artfully weave together the threads of our lives and of our communities, to achieve our common goal of sustaining our planet and ourselves?”  For more information and to register, visit http://www.alverno.edu/communityconference/





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