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Hop extension unlikely before 2020 DNC

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 17:29:36-04

MILWAUKEE — The proposed streetcar expansion was held in committee Tuesday, meaning the Hop likely will not expand by next summer’s Democratic National Convention.

Only one more full council meeting is planned before the body goes into recess for August.

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding streetcar expansion:

“The decision reached by the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee today to hold the streetcar files needlessly slows down the incredible momentum we as a community have worked so hard to create. We’ve seen the tremendous benefits of the streetcar already in driving connectivity and development in the central business district. Today’s decision makes it far more difficult for those benefits to ever fully reach the residents of Bronzeville, Walker’s Point and all of our other great neighborhoods.

“I’d like to thank Alderwoman Coggs for her leadership today in helping advance the streetcar. I believe as strongly in The Hop and its ability to connect our city and serve as an engine for economic growth today as I did before, and we will continue to work hard to build upon the system’s early success and ensure the benefits are enjoyed by the entire community, not just those along this initial route.”

This is a developing story. Check back throughout the day for updates.