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Milwaukee Streetcar track installation to start in April

Rendering of a streetcar on W. St. Paul Ave. in downtown Milwaukee
Photo – Milwaukee Streetcar website


Track installation on Milwaukee's planned streetcar system is slated to begin in April, city officials announced late last week.

Crews will dig 26-inch-deep trenches for the steel rails, which will be delivered to the city in March, according to a Milwaukee Streetcar press release.

During track construction, utility crews will continue to rebuild and relocate facilities as needed. Track installation will continue through 2018.

Additionally, crews this spring will begin drilling and pouring foundations for some of the poles that will carry the cabling for the overhead contact system that will power the vehicles. City officials haven't yet set a date for the pole and cable installation.

Milwaukee Streetcar construction began in late 2015 with the start of utility relocation. Operation of the streetcar is expected to begin in late 2018.

Track installation for the lakefront extension is tentatively set to begin in spring 2018 and finish in 2019.

Meanwhile, the city of Milwaukee has released a request for proposals (RFP) for an operator of the streetcar system. A pre-proposal conference has been set for March 2, with submittals due by April 4.

More information on the RFP can be found here.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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