The City of Milwaukee will contract with U.S. streetcar manufacturer Brookville Equipment Corp. for the design, build, testing and safety certification of its new modern streetcars. The initial order is for four vehicles, including spare parts and support services. With the recent announcement of a $14.2 million federal TIGER grant, the City is also preparing to initiate an option to buy a fifth car for the Lakefront Line.
A rendering of a Brookville streetcar in Milwaukee’s Third Ward
A rendering of a Brookville streetcar on St. Paul
A rendering of a Brookville streetcar on Mason Street
A rendering of a Brookville streetcar on 4th Street
ABOUT MILWAUKEE'S STREETCARS
Three-piece, articulated cars.
67 feet long, 8 feet, 8 inches wide.
Capacity of 150 passengers, seated and standing.
32 seats: 14 on each end of the vehicle and plus 4 flip-down seats in the center.
Two doors per side for fast boarding.
Low-floor design compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Roll-on/roll-off access for wheelchairs, strollers and bikes.
Electric power operations, including an overhead catenary system.
Clean and quiet ride.
Mixed traffic operations, preserving majority of on-street parking.
Double-ended, meaning it can be operated from either end. The driver walks to the other end of the vehicle to drive in the other direction.
Runs on standard 56.5-inch track gauge, using Brookville’s industry-proven soft-ride trucks.
Powered by four 99kW AC traction motors.
The streetcars' floors will be manufactured and donated by local firm Milwaukee Composites, Inc., a producer of lightweight floor for the international transit industry.
Delivery of first vehicle expected in 24 months.
ABOUT BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORP.
The Brookville, Pennsylvania-based transportation vehicle manufacturer was founded in 1918 and manufacturer streetcars, locomotives and mining and tunneling vehicles.
Brookville is the only maker of streetcars to design and manufacture exclusively in the United States.
Brookville has demonstrated success in recently manufacturing and delivering two similar vehicles for Dallas, with two more on order.
The firm is currently engineering and manufacturing six similar modern streetcar vehicles for Detroit.
The cars will be manufactured at the company’s Pennsylvania plant.
The manufacturer will comply with the federal “Buy American” provisions, which require the vehicles to be produced with at least 60% domestic content and final assembly of the vehicle to take place in the United States.
Brookville has been in the streetcar business since 2002, building new modern streetcars and overhauling, restoring and modernizing existing streetcar vehicles.