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Transportation companies making plans for 2020 DNC

Posted: 10:28 PM, Jul 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-18 07:23:22-04

One year from the 2020 Democratic National Convention and transportation companies are preparing to move 50,000 guests around Milwaukee.

Most of the attendees will be flying into Mitchell International Airport. Officials there say they are doing their research.

“Right now we’re getting information from other airports that have hosted the event in the past,” says Airport spokesman Harold Mester.

Ground transportation will be a logistical issue as well. Many delegates will be taken to and from their hotels from the convention on buses.

They will also use the coaches to tour the Milwaukee area. Lamers Bus Lines says they will use all 120 coaches in the company, drawing equipment and drivers from other locations in Wisconsin.

General Manager Dean Brown says the company appreciates the business.

“[It’s] excellent for business, these are the type of things we look for… the major events, conventions that come into the city,” said Brown.

Some transportation businesses close to and possibly inside the security zone of the DNC are starting to plan. They are hoping they won't have to adjust how they operate.

“We’re just going to have to react when we get the information and hopefully we can figure out a way to keep our vessels in operation,” said Dan Jorgenson of Edelweiss Cruises.

He plans on being busy with charter cruises during the convention.

“It’s going to busy, we’ll be the hottest ticket in town. For corporate entertainment we’ve just got a lot of value to offer,” said Jorgenson.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention starts on Monday, July 13th and ends on Thursday, July 16th.