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February 10, 2015 -- ┬áToday, the City of Milwaukee Common Council gave final approval to the city's plan to move the streetcar forward and Mayor Tom Barrett signed the legislation.  Voting in favor of the streetcar were Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton, Nik Kovac, Bob Bauman, Milele Coggs, Willie Wade, Jose Perez, Terry Witkowski, Russell Stamper and Common Council President Michael Murphy. 

It's an exciting day for our community as we move ahead with a modern way for people to connect with their jobs, their homes, and their entertainment destinations.  The Milwaukee Streetcar is designed to build on exciting momentum and  improve mobility; attract and retain investment, business, talent and visitors; create jobs; and further position Milwaukee as a world-class city. 

Now, the City of Milwaukee will enter the Final Design and Engineering phase and initiate vehicle procurement. The preliminary timeline for groundbreaking is late 2015 or early 2016,  with full operation in mid-2018. Factors that will influence the final timeline include: modifications in final engineering, vehicle delivery timelines, utility relocation discussions, and Federal Transit Administration approvals. 

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The City of Milwaukee's official streetcar project website.