Milwaukee Connector (Draft) 2009 Streetcar

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Milwaukee Connector (Draft) 2009 Streetcar

  1. 1. Milwaukee Connector Study Downtown Streetcar DRAFT Public Meeting Presentation October 8, 2009
  2. 2. Presentation Outline • Project update • Streetcar background • Route options • Preliminary evaluation • Public Involvement • Next Steps
  3. 3. Update • The Connector Study (ongoing) • Public meetings in February 2009 • 60/40 split by Congress in March 2009 • $54.9M for Downtown Streetcar • $36.6M for Bus Rapid Transit • Development of route alignment alternatives • Preliminary route analysis
  4. 4. Streetcar Starter System
  5. 5. Defining Streetcar • Fixed rail system – modern vehicles fit in urban environments • Stations/stops – every 1-3 blocks • Frequent service – 7-10 minute minimum frequency • Operates in right traffic lane, preserving majority of on-street parking • Electric power source • Higher vehicle capacity than bus • Examples: Portland, Seattle, Tacoma
  6. 6. Riding the streetcar • 1 million + annual Intermodal Station users • 77,500 daily downtown employees • 5,500,000 annual downtown visitors • 726,500 annual hotel stays • 14,900 downtown residents (and growing)
  7. 7. Starter System Goals The main goals of the starter streetcar system are to: • Circulate people around downtown and to adjacent neighborhoods. • Improve transit utilization in the city of Milwaukee. • Connect the Intermodal Station with the central business district, key destinations and attractions. • Enhance Milwaukee’s ParkOnce program by coordinating parking facilities with a transit system that connects to activity generators. • Promote transit oriented development along transit corridors and on underutilized properties. • Provide dense downtown residential areas with additional transit choices. • Provide an easy-to-use streetcar system that is integrated with other modes. • Create a streetcar starter system that can expand to nearby neighborhoods and destinations.
  8. 8. Streetcar objectives The Milwaukee Streetcar system will be a world class, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly transportation alternative that: • Improves transit mobility to and between key residential, employment, and activity centers • Supports the goals of the Downtown Plan and Comprehensive Neighborhood Plans • Promotes economic development and creates predictability for future growth • Attracts ridership due to quality of service, enhanced signage, route predictability and reduced travel times • Is easily expandable as demand dictates and funds become available • Integrates with existing and future transportation options • Encourages pedestrian activity
  9. 9. Benefits of Streetcar The Milwaukee Streetcar will benefit Milwaukee in the following ways: • Provide an easy to use and efficient linkage between Milwaukee’s downtown business district and nearby neighborhoods. • Increase transit choices for Milwaukee residents, employees and visitors. • Provide a direct transit connection between the Milwaukee Intermodal Station and downtown. • Link to the existing bus service in Milwaukee and other transit initiatives such as the KRM Commuter Rail project and Midwest Regional Rail System. • Support the goals of the Milwaukee Downtown Plan which include “developing a downtown transit network to facilitate both internal circulation and connections to adjacent neighborhoods.” • Supports Milwaukee’s Park Once program by coordinating parking facilities with a transit system that connects to activity generators. • Provide a fixed transit system that promotes transit-oriented development along its route.
  10. 10. Streetcar Vehicles
  11. 11. Streetcar Route Alternative 1
  12. 12. Streetcar Alignment Alternative 2
  13. 13. Streetcar Alignment Alternative 3
  14. 14. Potential Streetcar Extensions
  15. 15. Transit Integration
  16. 16. Alternative Evaluation Criteria • Public Involvement • Ridership • Capital Cost • Operating Cost • Economic Development Potential • Travel Times/Operations Planning • Parking, Traffic & Impacts • Environmental Justice • Expandability
  17. 17. Next Steps • Public Meeting – October 8, 2009 • Coordination with Milwaukee County Transit – Ongoing • Streetcar Technical Analysis – Oct 2009 – Dec 2009 • Locally Preferred Alternative Approval – Dec 2009/Jan 2010 • Engineering/Design Completed – Fall of 2011 • Construction Completed – Fall of 2013 • Goal – Operations Begin – Spring of 2014
  18. 18. Questions For more information and to submit your comments, visit: www.milwaukeeconnector.com Or Contact: Kris Martinsek Phone: 414-769-0400 Email: krism1325@sbcglobal.net

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