Give Your Input on BRT Project
County will hold two open houses on Bus Rapid Transit line.
Milwaukee County is looking for feedback on the proposed East-West Bus Rapid Transit line. The new bus service, which is proposed to run in dedicated lanes between The Couture on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the Milwaukee County Regional Medical Center on the county’s western edge, would dramatically speed up service in the highly-traveled corridor. The project team, led by a partnership of AECOM and HNTB, will present their work at two open houses this week.
On display will be recommended lane configurations, proposed station locations and designs, project costs, an estimated project schedule, and information about traffic, safety and parking impacts. Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback on the project design.
The project, which would be 80-percent federally funded, would cost between $42-to-$48 million depending on the number of dedicated lanes set aside for the system. Substantial ridership gains in the corridor, upwards of 30 percent, are estimated by the project’s consultants, AECOM and HNTB.
Gains in ridership are expected to come from high service frequency (every 10 minutes on weekdays, every five minutes during rush hours), fewer stops and off-bus ticketing (both leading to reduced travel time), better stations than traditional bus shelters and improved vehicles that would cost upwards of $1 million each. In 2016, project consultant Dan Meyers told a city committee that 23 percent of those living within a half-mile of the route lack an automobile in their household, far above the county average, statistics show. Along the route are major employment and job centers including Downtown (81,000 jobs, 25,000 residents), Near West Side (40,000 residents, 30,000 jobs) and Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (16,000 jobs, 30,000 daily visitors).
Initial engineering work on the project has been previously advanced by the county, the City of Milwaukee and City of Wauwatosa. Milwaukee County is funding the work in part with proceeds from a $30 vehicle registration fee first implemented this year.
The project will ultimately rely on a Small Starts grant from the federal government. President Donald Trump‘s proposed budget would eliminate that program, but the president has also pledged a massive infrastructure program that could include a rebranded or reconfigured Small Starts program. While the budget is debated in Washington D.C., the project team in Milwaukee will continue to do engineering work on the project.
Open House Dates and Locations
Wednesday, June 7th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Marquette University High School
3306 W. Michigan St.
Thursday, June 8th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
9715 W. Bluemound Rd.
Video Rendering of BRT in Action at W. Bluemound Rd. and N. Hawley Rd.
If you think stories like this are important, become a member of Urban Milwaukee and help support real independent journalism. Plus you get some cool added benefits, all detailed here.
More about the East-West BRT Line
- East-West Bus Rapid Transit Project Receives Milestone Federal Approval - Milwaukee County Transit System - Nov 30th, 2018
- MCTS Submits Updated Application for Bus Rapid Transit Funding - Milwaukee County Transit System - Sep 8th, 2017
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves BRT Route Restrictions - Jeramey Jannene - Aug 1st, 2017
- Council approves amended bus rapid transit resolution - Ald. Michael Murphy - Jul 31st, 2017
- Eyes on Milwaukee: City Fighting County on Rapid Transit - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 19th, 2017
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Give Your Input on BRT Project - Jeramey Jannene - Jun 7th, 2017
- Plenty of Horne: $2 Million BRT Study Underway - Michael Horne - Feb 6th, 2017
- Quito’s BRT, a Model for Milwaukee? - Ken Smith - Nov 14th, 2016
- Eyes on Milwaukee: City Approves Bus Rapid Transit - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 26th, 2016
- Eyes on Milwaukee: City Panel Approves Bus Rapid Transit - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 13th, 2016
- Murphy’s Law: Does Anyone Oppose Bus Rapid Transit? - Bruce Murphy - Jun 7th, 2016
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Bus Rapid Transit Meetings This Week - Jeramey Jannene - Apr 12th, 2016
- County Plans for Bus Rapid Transit - Matthew Wisla - Jan 16th, 2016