Milwaukee chooses streetcar maker

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An artist's rendition of a Brookville-made Liberty streetcar shows it operating in front of a public landmark in Milwaukee. The midwestern city is set to buy four streetcars to be delivered starting in late 2017.
Brookville Equipment Corp.
MILWAUKEE — When the day comes for Milwaukee residents to step onto a streetcar for the first time in decades in their home city, it will be a Brookville streetcar they ride. 

The City of Milwaukee and Brookville Equipment Corp. announced on Friday that the midwestern city will buy four Liberty streetcars from Brookville for use on a yet-be-built circulating loop and extension to Lake Michigan. The streetcar deal is worth $18.6 million and includes an option for the city to buy as many as 20 more vehicles.

City Mayor Tom Barrett tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the agreement is a milestone for the city.

"We had a thorough review, and we're moving forward," Barrett says.

According to a Brookville new release, Milwaukee’s streetcars will be 66 feet long and 8-feet, 8-inches wide with a majority low-floor design for level station boarding. The cars will seat 32, with additional standing room enabling the cars to carry as many as 150 passengers. Streetcars will include bicycle racks and heating and air conditioning systems compatible with cold winters and hot summers.

The Brookville, Pa.,-based manufacturer says it will begin delivering the streetcars in late 2017.
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