Milwaukee makes streetcar progress

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MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin's largest city steadily progresses on its streetcar project. In August, city officials were pouring concrete as shown in the video above, while early in September, the city chose Transdev Services to manage the system once it opens.

The rail transit operator has been selected to operate the Milwaukee Streetcar, Milwaukee Business News reports.

Transdev is the current operator of streetcar operations in New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Detroit. The Paris-based company will be paid $3.6 million annually to handle daily operations and oversee rail equipment maintenance. The contract covers a five-year period starting in late 2018.

In addition to being responsible for rail operations, Transdev will also hire and train streetcar operators and handle all safety initiatives. According to the article, Transdev intends to subcontract streetcar maintenance to Brookville Equipment Corp., which is the supplier building the streetcar vehicles.

Transdev was one of five operators from across the United States and Europe that responded to the city’s request for proposals in February.

The city of Milwaukee has the option to extend the company’s contract by two to five additional years.

The Milwaukee streetcar is projected to begin passenger service in mid-2018.

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