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Milwaukee streetcar reports first-month ridership totals

A streetcar vehicle turns onto Kilbourn Avenue near Milwaukee's Cathedral Square Park.
Photo – Daniel Niepow


More than 75,000 people hitched a ride on The Hop during the Milwaukee streetcar service's first month in operation, Hop officials announced Tuesday.

The 76,125 total rides included the 16,409 riders who participated in the service's Nov. 2-4 opening weekend. Excluding those first three days, the Hop's average daily ridership was 2,297, officials said.

The Hop's initial 2-mile route starts at the Amtrak-served Milwaukee Intermodal Station, and operates in and around the downtown.

Streetcars operate every 15 minutes, depending on traffic and ridership, according to The Hop's website. The system is open until midnight every day except Sunday, when it closes at 10 p.m.

The city contracted Kiewit Infrastructure to build the infrastructure and a maintenance facility, and Brookville Equipment to manufacture five streetcar vehicles.

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