A streetcar named Milwaukee: $64.6 million downtown streetcar line approved
Milwaukee is set to move into the future by embracing the (modernized) technology of the past. Earlier today, the Milwaukee Common Council gave its thumbs up to a mildly contentious plan to build a $64.6 million modern streetcar line downtown. According to the Journal Sentinel, only five aldermen—including fan favorite Bob Donovan—voted against the project.
As pointed out by numerous commenters, the streetcar line isn’t exactly all-encompassing, and would only run from the lower East Side to the downtown Amtrak-Greyhound station. A proposed route extension would cover the area near the Bradley Center and the Pabst Brewery redevelopment.
But hey, we’re getting a streetcar! That’s pretty neat, right? No longer will downtown residents have to suffer the slings and arrows of the Milwaukee County Transit System, or, heaven forbid, a 15-minute walk to their office.