Hop on The Hop at Bastille Days This Weekend
Public invited to walk inside Milwaukee’s new streetcar at the Cathedral Square platform on Kilbourn Avenue from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Milwaukee – Milwaukee’s free French festival – Bastille Days – returns to Cathedral Square Park this weekend and The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, will be one of many special attractions. While festival-goers won’t be able to ride The Hop to Bastille Days until next summer, attendees will have the opportunity to board the new streetcar from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Cathedral Square platform, located on Kilbourn Avenue between Jefferson and Jackson Streets.
In addition to opening the streetcar doors to the public, Hop Helpers will be on hand to answer questions about the new streetcar, hand out information on how to HopSmart and share Milwaukee’s roads, and share the long-term vision for where we’ll be hopping next. For the first time, T-shirts featuring The Hop logo will also be available for sale. The Hop will be stationary during the event, with ADA-compliant level boarding on the platform to provide easy access to the vehicle for everyone.
“Bastille Days is always a highlight of the summer in Milwaukee, and we’re thrilled to add to the excitement with this unique opportunity to be among the first to climb on board The Hop,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. “We’ve worked closely with Bastille Days staff and the East Town Association to ensure that The Hop will serve as a convenient transportation option for festival-goers in the years ahead.”
Two of five vehicles for The Hop have already arrived in Milwaukee from Brookville, Penn.-based Brookville Equipment Corp., with the remaining three vehicles set to be delivered in the coming months. The Hop vehicles are now undergoing on-street testing along the route, which will continue throughout summer. For more information regarding The Hop, visit thehopmke.com.
The public is expected to first be able to ride The Hop in November. Rides will be free for the first year, thanks to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s generous 12-year, $10 million sponsorship deal.
For more project details, including the project timeline, financing, route and possible extensions, see our extensive past coverage.
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Is A Couture Deal Finally Coming? - Jeramey Jannene - May 13th, 2020
- Transportation: SUV Driver Runs Into The Hop - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 28th, 2020
- Transportation: Streetcar Kiosks Could Bring In $500,000 Annually - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 20th, 2020
- Thanks A Million, Hop Riders! - The Hop - Feb 19th, 2020
- Transportation: We Energies Will Sponsor Streetcar - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 10th, 2020
- Transportation: Streetcar Ridership Up in January Versus 2019 - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 7th, 2020
- Transportation: Streetcar Ridership Up in December - Jeramey Jannene - Jan 14th, 2020
- Transportation: Ridership Falls for The Hop - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 16th, 2019
- Transportation: The “Holiday Hop” Streetcar Debuts - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 21st, 2019
- No money for police, lead hazard issues or infrastructure, but let’s pump up the streetcar we can’t afford - Ald. Tony Zielinski - Nov 1st, 2019
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