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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:18 PM   #1
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MILWAUKEE | Public Transport

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MILWAUKEE STREETCAR - BLUE LINE | Approved
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1785106

MILWAUKEE COUNTY BRT - EAST-WEST CORRIDOR | PROPOSED
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1866683

UNBUILT MILWAUKEE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1877024
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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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From Rail Journal:

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Milwaukee approves city centre tram line
Wednesday, February 11, 2015



DEFYING years of opposition from state and county officials, as well as resistance from some of its own members, Milwaukee Common Council approved the construction of a light rail in the city centre on February 10

The 4km line is expected to open by mid-2018 and construction costs are projected to be $US 124m, $US 55m of which will come from the US Federal Transit Administration.

In a separate vote, the council also approved the creation of a local tax district at the eastern end of Michigan Street which is expected to generate $US 31m towards the line's operating costs, which are forecast to be $US 3.2m per year

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Old February 12th, 2015, 01:30 AM   #3
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Old February 12th, 2015, 05:22 AM   #4
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About time Milwaukee gets a rail transit system.
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Old February 13th, 2015, 07:48 AM   #5
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Actually, this will not be much of a rail system. The total length for Phase 1 is about 2.0 miles. It will only serve downtown up to the east side of Milwaukee just north of downtown with a spur to the lake front for a new 44-story condo building going up called the Couture. There will be a connection as well to the Intermodal transit station just south of downtown which serves Amtrak and Greyhound (and a few other bus lines).

I have walked many times around the area the street car is going to run and I can tell you the buses for the most part are fairly empty. I don't see how they are going to get the ridership they are expecting. All this for $123 million, plus the operating costs. That money could be better spent on the county bus system where routes were cut for several years, but $54 million of that $123 million is coming from the federal gov't, so it must be used for the street car.

In the end though, I do hope it is successful.
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Old February 15th, 2015, 01:49 AM   #6
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Honestly, i wish more cities would work on light rail, as opposed to streetcars.
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Honestly, i wish more cities would work on light rail, as opposed to streetcars.
I don't see LRT happening in Milwaukee for a very, very long time. For one, it's very easy to get around the area by car. I could maybe see a line out west toward Waukesha, but many people who live in Waukesha would not want an LRT line bring people from Milwaukee out to that area.
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From The Madison Times:

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New MCTS Suburban Bus Routes Show Increased Ridership & Employment With Inner City Residents
AUGUST 7, 2015

The Black Health Coalition (BHC) and MICAH Empowers have officially started their “New Routes. New Moves. Transits & Routes Go Together” campaign, promoting three new MCTS bus routes going to New Berlin, Menomonee Falls and Germantown.

“Now, people from the inner city can apply for jobs out in Germantown, New Berlin and Menomonee Falls, since they have transportation,” said Reverend Willie Brisco, president of MICAH Empowers, a multi-racial Milwaukee interfaith organization.

He added that these new routes are particularly beneficial in making jobs available, given that Milwaukee has one of the highest African- American male unemployment rates in the country

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Update on streetcar project:

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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.
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Streetcar's initial section map:
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Old August 31st, 2015, 08:24 PM   #11
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That's another weird tram idea from States. Downtown-toy. Who is going to ride it? The initial section should provide nice conection from suburbs into the city.
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That's another weird tram idea from States. Downtown-toy. Who is going to ride it? The initial section should provide nice conection from suburbs into the city.
Its a Starter line although i'm not sure about connecting with the suburbs. You should ask on the Milwaukee forum.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4012
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It does connect to some residential areas.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 06:20 PM   #14
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Reposted from Wisconsin transport thread:

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Second Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Milwaukee

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Milwaukee / Milwaukee County Tr Sys - 103,500 (2015) : -16.93%
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From Railway Gazette:

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Milwaukee selects Brookville trams
16 Nov 2015



USA: The City of Milwaukee agreed terms with rolling stock manufacturer Brookville Equipment Corp on November 13 for the supply of four Liberty Modern Streetcars to operate its starter line. The $18·6m contract includes options for up to 20 more vehicles.

The three-section bidirectional trams will be 20·4 m long and 2 600 mm wide with capacity for 150 passengers. There will be 32 seats, including four tip-up seats, and two doors per side. The trams will be equipped with bicycle racks and air-conditioning, and will be powered by four 99 kW AC traction motors. They will be ‘majority low-floor’, with floors to be supplied by Milwaukee Composites.

Deliveries are scheduled to take place between late 2017 and early 2018. The order is funded from federal grants, which means that the vehicles are mandated to meet Buy America requirements specifying at least 60% US content and final assembly in the USA

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3rd Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Milwaukee

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Milwaukee / Milwaukee County Tr Sys - 114,200 (2015) : 15.57%
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I noticed that no one has posted anything about this project on this thread, Milwaukee County in conjunction with the cities of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa is in the process of studying and designing a BRT line from downtown Milwaukee out to the Regional Medical Center. Here are two articles about it:

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Forum Transit Research Triggers County Action on BRT

County Executive Chris Abele announced a plan to develop a new BRT service that would connect the Milwaukee area's two largest employment centers – downtown Milwaukee and the Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa – and also serve many residential, business, and entertainment destinations. Also encouraging is the County Executive’s statement in his media announcement that he will involve other governments, which presumably may include the City of Milwaukee, City of Wauwatosa, and State of Wisconsin.

http://publicpolicyforum.org/blog/fo...nty-action-brt
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Picking Up the Pace

This report explores common strategies that transit systems around the country have utilized to enhance the speed and efficiency of their bus services, and considers their potential for implementation in the Milwaukee area. These strategies may hold promise to improve transit connections for the regional workforce and enhance its appeal to the general population, including those who currently do not use transit. Major sources for our analysis include research conducted by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and conversations with transit system planners from around the country.

http://publicpolicyforum.org/research/picking-pace


I also wanted to add that the following are transit threads in the actual Milwaukee forum. I am going to to include their names and the links to them for anyone who might be interested in visiting and keeping up with these projects in Milwaukee. Also please feel free to leave some comments, we always welcome a fresh outsider perspective on things happening in our city:

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MILWAUKEE STREETCAR - BLUE LINE | Approved
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1785106

MILWAUKEE COUNTY BRT - EAST-WEST CORRIDOR | PROPOSED
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1866683

UNBUILT MILWAUKEE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1877024
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That's another weird tram idea from States. Downtown-toy. Who is going to ride it? The initial section should provide nice conection from suburbs into the city.
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Its a Starter line although i'm not sure about connecting with the suburbs. You should ask on the Milwaukee forum.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4012
Sorry about the extremely late reply to this exchange, I just discover this thread existed. There is no intention for the streetcar to connect to the suburbs at this time. The plan is for it to act as a circulator around the downtown and more dense neighborhoods of the city.

For connections to the suburbs the regional plan calls for some combination of LRT, BRT, or commuter rail depending on the corridor.
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An update of the progress on the BRT project being implemented in Milwaukee County:

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Officials to fast track bus rapid transit plan in funding quest

Regional and Milwaukee County transportation officials will attempt to place bus rapid transit service between downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa on a fast track to completion in 2019.

To do so, the county and the two cities must agree on a route in time to meet a September deadline for applying for federal transit grants to help pay costs of building the service with an exclusive lane and separate stations with boarding platforms, officials said Wednesday.


http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwauk...370812411.html
None of the renderings below are official, they are part of a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee regarding what BRT would look like in Milwaukee. If anyone is interested in seeing more of what the study was about I included a link to it below the renderings.

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I wanted to get this post from VVisconsin08 on the Milwaukee streetcar subforum posted here as well so people can see that infrastructure work for the streetcar line is already underway. If all goes as planned mainline construction is supposed to begin sometime in July.

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According to Today's TMJ4 Utility work is underway for the streetcar:

http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/...ukee-streetcar

According to the article, the utility prep work could be done as soon as May for the project. Check it out!

Initial line set to open in 2018 and lakefront line 2019. Everything is coming together!

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