Milwaukee — Committee OKs Streetcar
Rail Transit Online, August 2007
A downtown streetcar circulator proposed by Mayor Tom
Barrett was barely approved by the city council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods &
Development Committee on July 3. The committee was to vote on a routine
resolution endorsing land-use plans near future commuter rail stations but
Alderman Bob Bauman added an amendment calling for the streetcar and for
identifying new sources of funding for both the proposed
Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail link and the local bus transit
system. A suggested $13 increase in the rental-car tax to pay for KRM has
drawn widespread opposition because it does nothing to help the buses.
Bauman said a streetcar loop to carry passengers from the railroad station
to downtown destinations had to be part of the KRM scheme.