Milwaukee Passenger Rail Company shares Coordinated Economic Development Plan
Regional rail alternative suggested to spur development
Milwaukee (Jan. 21, 2015) – The Milwaukee Passenger Rail Company (MPRC) launched their Coordinated Economic Development Plan today. The plan calls for initial funding to improve existing rail infrastructure in coordination with Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific Rail Companies and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The B-Line, as it will be called, will link neighborhoods across Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
A private, Wisconsin-based company, MPRC plans to work with the mayors of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis, Brookfield, Waukesha, New Berlin, county executives from Milwaukee and Waukesha County, the Village President of Elm Grove, the State of Wisconsin and several federal agencies to implement this grand plan.
“MPRC planners were careful to reach all constituencies,” said MPRC CEO Brian Kliesmet. “The B-Line is an innovation that crosses all boundaries and jurisdictions and is a model for economic success.”
By improving 58 miles of existing infrastructure, MPRC will save $500 million in startup costs. The MPRC business plan will generate $1.3 billion in new economic development activity, creating over 10,000 jobs in a 10-year period. The master plan cites over $200 million of market rate apartments at selected station sites, with workforce housing adjacent to rail stations.
“Over the last five years MPRC conducted and compiled research to develop a comprehensive master plan,” said MPRC Technical Advisor Dave Henry. “This is an urban transit system for the economic-minded that will benefit Milwaukee and Waukesha County for many years to come.”
“This plan lays out a great vision for Milwaukee for the future,” said Bryan LeMonds, partner with Rogers, LeMonds & Associates. “It goes beyond a simple means of transportation, by linking entertainment, jobs, sporting events, shopping and housing in one well thought out plan.”
“Our company believes the only way to realize success in this plan is with the cooperation of the Governor, County Executives and the Mayors of station communities, said MPRC President Michael Garven.
MPRC is a private Wisconsin company and authored the Coordinated Economic Development Plan that is a model for an innovative private-public partnership. The initial phase for the starter line calls for the construction of 22 stations:
- Summerfest Grounds
- Walkers Point Station
- UWM H2O Station
- Convention Center Station
- Marquette/Potawatomi Station
- Miller Park Station
- Century City Station
- Wauwatosa Station
- Regional Medical Center Station
- Elm Grove Station
- Brookfield Station
- Airport Station
- Southside Station
- 35th St Station
- West Allis Station
- State Fair Station
- Zoo Station
- Mayfair Station
- Capitol Yards Station
- New Berlin Station
- Calhoun Station
- Waukesha Station
The plan can be found at milwaukeebline.com and on Facebook- Milwaukee Bline.