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Report: Streetcar extension won’t get a Common Council vote this week

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Posted at 7:16 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 20:16:07-04

The Milwaukee Common Council will not take up a measure to expand the streetcar on Wednesday, according to a report by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The measure will be pushed off until at least June, which will make it tough to finish the expansion by the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Opposing aldermen say they won’t vote for the expansion without plans to also extend the streetcar south.

The proposed extension would go west from its current stop at West Clybourn Street to West Wisconsin Avenue. The main stop would be the proposed $5 million Vel. R Phillips Plaza across from the Wisconsin Center. It would also include money for long-term extensions to Bronzeville and south to Walker’s Point.

The Public Works Commissioner told the MBJ the delay would mean the city is “unlikely to make the deadline” to get the route completed by the time the 2020 DNC comes to town.

For more on this story, read the full report from the Milwaukee Business Journal.