Now accepting bids: City officials could spend $17.5M on first four streetcars for downtown project

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Milwaukee streetcar

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The city of Milwaukee on Monday, April 6th opened up competition for bids on as many as 24 streetcars for the downtown Milwaukee system.

City officials say it is expected $17.5 million will be spent on the first four streetcars which will hopefully be in service by the summer of 2018.

Another $4 million would be spent on an additional vehicle to run to the lakefront.

The final contract for the streetcars won’t be awarded until late August 2015.


  • Brisls

    Mayor Barrett says he’s for the Milwaukee taxpayers yet he’s afraid of putting this boondoggle on a ballot referendum for fear he’s actually “hear” the taxpayers scream at him that we don’t want this mode of transportation in our city.

  • Mr. Bob

    Do the math people, these 24 streetcars will cost the city roughly 105 million dollars. Oh by the way, then you still need to relocate utilities and install the tracks to actually have a running streetcar. The federal grant is only 55 million so best of luck coming up with the funds from the TID districts….

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