Mass Transit in Milwaukee County
"As County Supervisor, one of my top priorities will be securing the vital funding needed to aid the expansion of the streetcar system throughout the county."
Milwaukee, WI-Over the past weeks, I have spent a great amount of time in the 10th Supervisory District introducing myself and gaining a deeper understanding of the concerns held by my neighbors. One of the most frequent topics of discussion raised, at almost every home I visit, is the new proposed streetcar system for the downtown area of the City of Milwaukee.
With the Common Council moving forward with the development of a new streetcar system, I am encouraged by what this new mode of public transportation can bring to the future of our city.
Cities such as Portland, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Denver, have enjoyed an economic resurgence by embracing streetcars and strategically linking them in a system of multimodal transportation. Data show that property values have increased and multifamily housing developments, small businesses, retail shops and restaurants have flourished along the route of the streetcar.
As a fervent proponent of local development, I applaud the streetcar project and view it as a down payment towards community growth and job creation throughout the city and county.
This streetcar project is a good step towards modernizing our public transportation system, but it is just that, “a step”. I am under no illusions that we still have a long road ahead of us. As the initial plans for the streetcar routes are being formulated, I, too, am concerned by the system’s accessibility being limited to the downtown area. As County Supervisor, one of my top priorities will be securing the vital funding needed to aid the expansion of the streetcar system throughout the county.
The tenth Supervisory District, whose boundaries abut Marquette University, Fond Du Lac Ave, W. Capitol Drive and N. 27th, Street, is strategically poised to benefit as a logical extension of the system and enhanced buses and bike paths. Enhancing our transportation capacity beyond the downtown area will help foster greater economic opportunities for those of us in the 10th District.