Milwaukee's Common Council will decide this week whether to move the downtown streetcar plan forward, so let's get involved and help make it happen.
Check out www.themilwaukeestreetcar.org and attend a public information meeting at the Public Market on Water and Monday July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Make sure you email support to email@example.com with copies to Council Pres. Willie Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org and Alderman Michael Murphy at email@example.comHere are major benefits to the long-delayed system:
· Improves transit mobility to and between key residential, employment and activity centers.
· Maximizes transit accessibility and choices for residents, employees, and visitors. Accessible, low floors for level boarding for disabled, elderly, strollers, bikes. Service every 10-15 minutes.
· Has increased transit use in general in cities where it has been added to complement the existing bus system.
· Provides a downtown core starter system that can be expanded in the future to provide a larger more effective transit network (NW to 30th Street ; NE to Mary’s UWM; West to , , Research Park; S through , to airport; SW to Jackson Park.)
Within ¼ mile of initial route and extensions:
· 100% of downtown hotel rooms
· 91% of occupied 1st floor retail./commercial space
· 90% of occupied office space
· 77% of downtown housing units
· 77% of total downtown public parking facilities and lots
· Intermodal station (currently serves 1.4 million annually)
· Cities use fixed-guideway transit like streetcars as city building tools to focus and direct economic development. Cities like , , and have all seen substantial development occur within close proximity of their systems.
· City land use development analysis identified economic development potential within ¼ mile of initial route and extensions could be 9,000 new housing units, 1,000,000 square feet of new retail space, 4,000,000 million square feet of new office, $3.35 billion of new development value over 20 years.
· Streetcar supports 80,000 existing downtown employees providing convenient link between offices, services, and destinations.
· Construction estimated to create or support 475 construction jobs, 150 jobs related to the manufacturing of the vehicles; 35 permanent operation and maintenance jobs.
· Local employers such as Rockwell Automation and Milwaukee Composites are manufacturing vehicle parts for streetcars currently being sent to other cities for assembly.
· Provides an environmentally responsible transportation alternative that is energy-efficient, quiet and clean.
· Attracts and retains young talent supporting the creative class.
· Enhances Milwaukee’s image as a world-class city.
· The Streetcar starter system creates city-wide benefits