Ald. Terry Witkowski
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News conference Tuesday to explore proposals for eventual, extended streetcar routes

Several members of the Milwaukee Common Council and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will hold a news conference Tuesday.

By - Jan 19th, 2015 11:10 am

Several members of the Milwaukee Common Council and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will hold a news conference Tuesday to make an important announcement regarding the proposed Milwaukee streetcar route, Alderman Terry L. Witkowski said.

“Mayor Barrett has mentioned how, once the streetcar line is established, it could be extended to serve other parts of the city beyond the downtown,” Alderman Witkowski said. “We think it’s worth exploring some of the ways that the line could eventually be expanded to become a fully multi-modal means of transportation.”

Alderman Witkowski will be joined Tuesday by Alderman José G. Pérez and Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas in the Milwaukee City Hall rotunda, 200 E. Wells St., at 10:00 a.m.

“Some from the outskirts of the city have asked why they should support a streetcar downtown,” Alderman Witkowski said. “The benefits of this project go far beyond the route, and reach all the way out to neighborhoods like mine on the far south side.”

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4 thoughts on “News conference Tuesday to explore proposals for eventual, extended streetcar routes”

  1. Andrew C Witkowski says:

    I hope the streetcar is passed by the Common Council on Tuesday.

  2. D. Hester says:

    We are in full support of this project which will bring a new level of vibrancy to our downtown
    … and beyond. Please approve this project!

  3. C Brisls says:

    This streetcar WILL NOT bring jobs, the people who need transportation do not live in the area where this streetcar is proposed. Buses can go wherever transportation is needed whereas a streetcar is limited to where costly rail is installed. Instead of buying a mode of transportation that only a few would ride, support and increase buses & bus routes that do not cost anywhere what rail costs. If there isn’t ridership on a bus route, it’s moved. If ridership isn’t along a rail line, taxpayers are stuck with the cost of installing more rail. Instead of just saying support the rail, do your homework and investigate the costs between rail and bus. You don’t spend millions on a project just because “it looks neat”. Wise up young people, you will be paying FOREVER on a rail system that will not support itself. In ground rail lines will also cause accidents with motorcycles and motorized wheelchairs. Are you willing to pay those lawsuits too? Think really hard before you cast that vote.

  4. AG says:

    C Brisls, do you find it ironic that you are commenting that “the people who need transportation do not live in the area where this streetcar is proposed” on a press release about how the streetcar will be extended to the areas where people who need transportation live?

    And have you not yet heard anyone talk about the permanence of the rail lines as an asset, not as a shortcoming?

    I did enjoy your hail Mary attempt to sway opinion by throwing in these random motorcycle and wheelchair crashes! I got a good chuckle from that one.

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