Help Pick Milwaukee’s First New Streetcar Route

A large part of this post is shamelessly lifted from Jim Rowen at The Political Environment. I say that not so much in hopes that he won’t try to sue me, but to reflect that I couldn’t say it any better.

The only thing I will add to this is to say that money has been allocated for this by the federal government. It was the money that had been tied up and steadily decreasing as the City and County governments couldn’t agree on how to use it. While the county exec has his hands over his ears while singing loudly about every single person in the county having a car (which is impossible, by the way), Mayor Barrett made some calls and had the money allocated. It means that we’ll finally get some new buses, and the remaining 60% of the $91.5 million will go to the city’s project.

Another plank for the argument that we need unified municipal government.

But I digress. If you [here begins the brazenly copied and pasted text…] want downtown streetcars: come to a planning session Thursday and help select the route.

How and where:

The public information open house to review and comment on plans for a downtown streetcar is this Thursday, October 8, 2009, 3-7 p.m., at the Zeidler Municipal Building, Broadway Entrance Lobby – – 841 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.

Presentations are at 3:30, and again at 6:00 p.m.

At the meeting, attendees will be able to view information incorporating input from meetings held in February 2009 and provide feedback about routes, system integration, vehicles, stations and stops, cost and financing, governance.

Also with regard to potential impacts on parking, traffic, land use and pedestrian circulation.

If you can’t attend the public meeting, presentation materials and comment form are available on the website.

The location is wheelchair accessible. Sign language and foreign language interpretation will be made available upon request.

Persons with special needs are asked to call (414) 299-9700 or e-mail a minimum of 72 hours in advance so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Visit and comment on the web at

(h/t The Political Environment.)


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.