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City considers new route for downtown streetcar; some say it will negatively impact summer festivals

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting the city of Milwaukee is considering a new route for the downtown streetcar project in an effort to save “significant money” on construction costs. The new route is creating concerns when it comes to events like Jazz in the Park — held in Cathedral Square Park, the Business Journal says.

The current plan involves a streetcar route that would run east and west on Wells Street between Broadway and Jackson Street.

The problem? There are a lot of underground utilities below Wells Street that would be costly to move.

So the Business Journal says engineers are considering an alternative — moving the west-bound streetcar track from Wells Street onto Kilbourn Avenue.

The problem? Kilbourn Avenue is closed to traffic for festivals held in Cathedral Square Park — like Jazz in the Park. The roadway is closed between Jackson and Jefferson streets when the weekly Jazz in the Park events are held. A longer stretch is closed during Bastille Days in July.

How daily streetcar service on that stretch will affect the festivals must be worked out if the route changes.

The alternative route was discussed last week with a city streetcar task force that is overseeing the project.

The Business Journal reports the Milwaukee Department of Public Works will discuss the alternative route this week with the East Town Association, which organizes Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park and other events.

9 comments

  • richard cranium

    just run the piece of junk from mayor mccheesse’s house to gary grunau’s house. if there’s enough money left over route it to ed flynn’s place on the way so his mistress can ride it twice a day.

  • opinion8d

    So please tell me how they can ‘approve’ something, and then think about changing the route??? Isn’t that something that would need to be re-approved?!?!? I would prefer to run it from Red Arrow Park to Dontre’s House -with a branch to City Hall. Then the mayor and all his ‘fans’ would be happy. No one is going to ride it anyhow.

  • opinion8d

    Anyone see the video from St. Louis when the white guy on public transportation got the beat down by some brothers when he wouldn’t let them ‘use’ his phone or answer what he thought about Mike Brown??? I know that wouldn’t happen here in Milwaukee…….lol!!! FYI – No one WANTS to use public transportation!!! Since it’s subsidized and cheap, some will. For those that have options/money -after one incident -it will be like the buses running down Wisc Ave =empty!!

  • Obamasucks

    The whole train idea was stupid to begin with and it’s typical Milwaukee government not to have their ducks lined up first.

  • PH

    Dummies, NOW they are considering these facts to SAVE $$?? How about cancel the project, that’s a good start.

  • Marky Mark

    They HAD trollies/light rails 70 years ago. And then they were REPLACED with buses. Why is Milwaukee going backwards? They are limited to the rails. Why not invite an electric train that uses the TRAIN TRACKS that are already in place?

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