Why?

Milwaukee has world-class corporations, cultural attractions, educational institutions and architecture. Soon, Milwaukee will have a world-class fixed transit network. The Milwaukee Streetcar system will project an image of a modern and forward-thinking city that will help attract outside investment, business and talent.


The Milwaukee Streetcar will:

  • Spur significant ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT because the infrastructure created by a fixed route provides a framework for making investment decisions, as experienced in every city that has built a streetcar system.

  • Strengthen and promote downtown Milwaukee as the premier office and business location in the region, creating and providing ACCESS TO JOBS for Milwaukee residents.

  • Connect commuters and visitors arriving via Amtrak rail, commuter rail and regional bus service at the Milwaukee INTERMODAL STATION to jobs and attractions in Milwaukee.

  • EXPAND THE TAX BASE through new development, new and expanded businesses and higher occupancy rates, resulting in a lower tax burden for everyone and allowing important city services to continue.

  • Tap into the potential of underutilized properties by MAKING CONNECTIONS to important residential, business and cultural centers.

  • ATTRACT AND RETAIN YOUNG TALENT needed to grow Milwaukee’s economy, support the creative class and fuel a culture of entrepreneurship.

  • Provide a new perspective on quality transit in Milwaukee, encourage people who previously did not see themselves as transit patrons to consider using all forms of transit and establish excellent transit as an important aspect of a high QUALITY OF LIFE.

  • Establish a successful initial system that will allow for practical expansions in the future as funding allows and market demand dictates. Without this start, a modern, fixed-rail transit system that connects people to jobs and daily needs will never EXPAND CITY-WIDE.

  • Shape the BRAND AND IDENTITY of Milwaukee, which has been established as an important city-wide priority and will attract residents, businesses, visitors and investors.

  • Provide an ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE transportation alternative that is energy-efficient, quiet, clean, comfortable and has the potential to use renewable, locally created, energy sources.

  • Increase the overall economic activity in downtown Milwaukee, serving as a DEMAND GENERATOR for hotels, retail, office and housing, as experienced in every city that has built a streetcar system.

 


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