Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

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Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee’s city authorities are intending to extend The Hop streetcar service to the Wisconsin Center convention hall, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The plan is for the streetcar route to extend to link to the Wisconsin Center District and to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.

City officials have reportedly asked the Bucks to pay for the portion of the extension that would connect the streetcar to their new arena.

The $124m streetcar service, which opened in November has attracted more passengers than anticipated on a 2.1-mile loop that runs from the Intermodal Station through downtown to the lower east side.

Streetcar rides in Milwaukee are free for the first year under a 12-year, $10m sponsorship by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

The planning for the convention center extension could influence whether Milwaukee is awarded the Democratic National Convention in 2020. Other contenders for the convention include Houston and Miami Beach, Florida.

Ald. Robert Bauman, who represents much of downtown, said his goal was to have the new route section completed by early 2020, although the full funding package is far from secured.

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