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Old March 21st, 2016, 09:33 PM   #21
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I thought I would post the following image to give people an idea of where the proposed transit improvements mentioned in the articles above would run in relationship to a real image of downtown Milwaukee. I created the image below in response to a question in another forum, the original image was taken by Josh Wilson and can be found at his Flickr page : https://www.flickr.com/photos/125050...5/24384813711/

  • In the image above the green lines represent the initial phase of the Milwaukee Streetcar project.
  • The red lines represent streetcar extensions that would occur in phase two of the project.
  • The orange line represents the proposed Bus Rapid Transit Line (BRT) that would travel from downtown out to the Regional Medical Center.
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Old March 29th, 2016, 06:28 PM   #22
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Some more information on the Milwaukee BRT proposal:

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New Website Highlights Bus Rapid Transit Study and Project

Milwaukee County’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study is launching a new website and holding two initial public meetings. The website, EastWestBRT.com, includes background on the potential project, benefits of BRT, some common questions and answers, short videos showing what BRT could look like and the map of the potential routes that are being studied.

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelea...y-and-project/

Here is the link to the BRT study website mentioned in the article:

http://www.eastwestbrt.com/#home

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Old April 2nd, 2016, 07:36 AM   #23
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4th Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Milwaukee

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Milwaukee / Milwaukee County Tr Sys - 111,700 (2015) : -4.88%
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Bus rapid transit is being studied in Milwaukee



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Its a shame its not light rail...
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Old April 20th, 2016, 04:30 AM   #26
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Here's an update of the progress of the downtown streetcar project, it looks like construction is still on pace to start around July / August.

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Bidding opens for streetcar construction contracts; proposals due June 1

Milwaukee on Monday opened the bidding for the downtown streetcar system, and gave contractors until June 1 to submit proposals to lead the project.

The company that wins the contract will manage the initial downtown streetcar loop and a loop to the downtown lakefront. The work will last until the end of 2018, but most of the mainline track work on the downtown line will be done between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the end of 2017.


http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee...contracts.html



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Old April 20th, 2016, 04:32 AM   #27
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Its a shame its not light rail...
The timeline involved pretty much eliminates the possibility of light rail. Local officials want this BRT up and running by 2019 in order to offer an alternate form of transportation in this corridor while the major east-segment of the interstate in the city is under construction.
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The timeline involved pretty much eliminates the possibility of light rail. Local officials want this BRT up and running by 2019 in order to offer an alternate form of transportation in this corridor while the major east-segment of the interstate in the city is under construction.
If they waited a few years instead of rushing it , they could easily have it...
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Old April 21st, 2016, 04:32 AM   #29
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If they waited a few years instead of rushing it , they could easily have it...
Let's be honest, even if there was local political support for light rail in this corridor it would be at least 5 years and probably more before any sort of a system would be ready for riders.

This system is being fast tracked to be open for service no later than 2019 so it can help alleviate traffic issues during a major freeway project. Waiting for a light rail line to be built is not really an option.

On the positive side much of the infrastructure that BRT uses can essentially be converted to service light rail in the future.
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One-way streetcar loops? This is going to be another streetcar failure.

When will the planners learn their lesson?
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Old April 30th, 2016, 04:11 AM   #31
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Here's an update on the Milwaukee streetcar project, the city just recently applied for Federal grants to extend the line further north into the soon to be built arena district.

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City submits application to extend streetcar line

The city of Milwaukee applied for a $20 million federal grant to extend the streetcar line approximately 1.2 miles to the new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

The new line would build a track between the Milwaukee Intermodal Station on St. Paul Avenue north to Fourth Street and Highland Avenue.

The city will find out in mid-September if the grant is approved.

Ghassan Korban, commissioner of the Department of Public Works, said the city is confident the grant will be approved.

http://www.biztimes.com/2016/04/29/c...treetcar-line/
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Old April 30th, 2016, 04:15 AM   #32
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Here is an article from today's Milwaukee Business Journal discussing the possibility of extending streetcar service further north into the Bronzeville neighborhood if the city is successful in securing Federal grants to build out the line into the arena district.

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Is Bronzeville the next stop for the Milwaukee streetcar?

The planned extension of the Milwaukee streetcar toward the future arena site raises the prospect that its next expansion could include tracks heading out of downtown and into Bronzeville.

That seven-block route is the next extension in line for the streetcar system after a spur to the downtown lakefront is completed. After that, it is possible the city could keep building north, past the Park East corridor, into Haymarket Square and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and eventually up to Bronzeville, a neighborhood that lines North Avenue.


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Old May 12th, 2016, 01:46 AM   #33
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An update / a little more information about the planned streetcar extension up 4th St to the arena district:

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Streetcar extension to arena will be different — no wires, dedicated lanes

The Milwaukee streetcar’s extension along Fourth Street to a new arena will be different from most of its other sections — there will be no overhead wires, and the transit vehicles will ride in dedicated street lanes.

Those details about the 1.2-mile extension were outlined Wednesday when Milwaukee Public Works commissioner Ghassan Korban spoke to a Common Council committee. The city is seeking a federal grant to pay for the $40 million line and, if successful in raising the money, could open the line for service in spring or summer 2020.


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Here is some new information including a refined route map of the Milwaukee County BRT proposal courtesy of today's Milwaukee Business Journal. There is a new round of public hearings on the proposed route starting tonight which is the reason for the new and additional information.

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East-west bus rapid transit line expected to cost up to $45 million

The proposed east-west bus rapid transit line linking downtown Milwaukee to Wauwatosa is expected to cost up to $45 million, according to new information released Wednesday.

The 9-mile system is different from the Milwaukee area’s current buses. The route is expected to attract up to 9,000 new riders a day to public transit.


http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee...d-to-cost.html

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Hard to believe one can build a true BRT line for less then 50 million... It will probably be some watered down busway...
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Hard to believe one can build a true BRT line for less then 50 million... It will probably be some watered down busway...
We should know soon, the proposal has to be submitted in the next couple of months and I would think this project would have to be planned and publically discussed in great detail fairly soon. All we really have right now is a rough route and some estimates of cost which still need to be refined based upon a more fleshed out design.
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I am not sure if this is the sort of article people who read these forums would be interested in or not, but this is one in a series of articles that UrbanMilwaukee.com has published about how the free ride program that MCTS currently offers is slowly financially bleeding the county transit system to death.

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How to Destroy a Transit System
County board's free bus ride program triggers huge deficits that could overwhelm system.

One day someone on the county board came up with the bright idea of giving free bus rides to senior citizens and disabled riders. Precisely whose idea it was is unclear, as so many favored it: the GO Pass Program, as it was soon dubbed, was first proposed in November 2014 and was sponsored by then Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic, along with supervisors Jason Haas, Theo Lipscomb and Peggy Romo West, and three members no longer on the board, David Bowen, Patricia Jursik, and Gerry Broderick.

At the time senior and disabled riders were already paying only half-price for rides and there was no groundswell calling for cheaper fares. As Vi Hawkins, Chair of the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging said at a hearing on this plan: “There are many things seniors in Milwaukee County have told us they need– free bus service is not one of them.”


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I am not sure how much into detail people who read this forum are, but here are the links to the documents being provided to contractors bidding to build the Milwaukee streetcar system. This first link is for the 95% design documents for the initial Blue Line and also the 30% design documents for the Green Line / Lakefront Line:

This second link primarily provides the plans for the maintenance facility / vehicle storage yard:

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As the title of this article suggests, it talks about how the city of Milwaukee is planning to fund the streetcar extension up 4th St to the planned new arena district.

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Milwaukee to pay for streetcar extension with planned development at Fourth and Wisconsin

The city of Milwaukee will seek development proposals this month for its parking lot at Fourth Street and West Wisconsin Avenue, and plans to use taxes generated by that project to pay for the next downtown Milwaukee streetcar extension.


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