The Milwaukee Streetcar is building momentum! The Phase 1 route and Lakefront Line are fully approved and funded. Vehicles have been ordered from Pennsylvania's Brookville Manufacturing Co. A general contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure, has been hired to construct the system. Utility relocation work is significantly complete. Rail was delivered in March 2017 and guideway/track construction is underway. The City is now seeking a partner to operate the system. The Phase 1 route is slated to begin serving area residents, workers and visitors in late 2018 with the Lakefront Line extension launching service in 2019.

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March 27, 2017 – All 494 steel segments for the Phase 1 track have arrived in downtown Milwaukee and been dropped at five locations along the route. Watch video. Next up, the 80-foot sticks of steel will be welded into approx. 320-foot long track segments. Live or work on or near the route? Sign up now to receive Construction News Updates.

February 17, 2017 – The City detailed plans for track construction for The Milwaukee Streetcar's first phase. Track construction will begin this spring, likely starting in March with delivery of steel rail. Read more.

February 17, 2017 – The City of Milwaukee has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an operator for Milwaukee's streetcar system. A preproposal conference is scheduled for March 2, with submittals due by April 4. The RFP and related documents are available here.

February 17, 2017 – The City of Milwaukee Department of City Development has released two Requests for Proposals (RFP), seeking consultant teams to assist in developing a set of strategies to foster equitable Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the corridors under consideration for future extensions of The Milwaukee Streetcar.  Meeting is set for February 27. Read more.

January 2017 – An informational and worker recruitment meeting is set for 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, January 26, 2017 at WRTP/BIG STEP, 3841 W. Wisconsin Ave. Read more.

September 8, 2016 – Milwaukee Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban and the project manager for the firm building The Milwaukee Streetcar held their first outreach event Sept. 8 with Milwaukee businesses about subcontracting opportunities. Read more.

September 2, 2016 – The streetcar project's contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure, which will issue 30+ project RPFs in the coming months, is hosting a subcontractor outreach and information event on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 2-3pm at the Dept. of Public Works field office, 3850 N. 35th St.  The event is intended for any contractor interested in more information about streetcar construction opportunities, including, but not limited to those that specialize in electrical, roadway, telecom, signage, trucking, surveying, utilities, excavation, drainage, sidewalks, etc.  DBE and small business enterprise firms are encouraged to attend.  For more information call or email Marshall Legenza, or 773-458-1250.

August 19, 2016 – The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has selected Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to build The Milwaukee Streetcar’s Phase 1 line, Lakefront Extension and Operations and Maintenance Facility. Under its contract, Kiewit will be responsible for all construction activities, including installation of the rail, the overhead contact system and streetcar stops. Kiewit was one of seven firms from around the country that submitted proposals to build the system. Read more.

July 6, 2016 – The City of Milwaukee Common Council today voted to approve a local funding package for the streetcar’s proposed Fourth Street Extension. The $20 million, funded through two existing and one new Tax Incremental Districts, will act as a local match for a pending $20 million federal TIGER grant request with awards expected to be announced this fall.

June 2016 -- The City of Milwaukee remains committed to expanding the starter streetcar route into adjacent neighborhoods and is pursuing a federal TIGER grant and local match for an initial extension on Fourth Street.

April 18, 2016 -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure a Construction Manager – General Contractor to provide preconstruction and construction services for the Milwaukee Streetcar Project Phase 1 and the Lakefront Line extension. Find it here.

March 2016 -- Streetcar-related bid opportunities are expected to be announced next month. As this is a City of Milwaukee construction project, you can access up-to-date construction opportunities on the City's Department of Public Works (DPW) website. The DPW Home Page is found here. On the home page, go to the "Quick Links" section (lower right) and select "Official Bid Notices." Streetcar-related bid opportunities will be listed once they are published. The exact RFP publication date for mainline track and the Operations and Maintenance Facility construction has not been finalized. You may also want to sign up for the City's e-notify service to receive notices of bid opportunities.

January 2016 -- To help support and promote development along and near the streetcar corridor in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, Milwaukee Downtown (Business Improvement District #21) has published a "MKE Streetcar Development and Investment Guide."  (Read More.)




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