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Milwaukee Welcomes First Streetcar Vehicle

Brookville Equipment Corporation delivered the first of five Liberty Streetcar vehicles to Milwaukee, March 26, in anticipation of the launch of The Hop Streetcar service later this year.

The company will deliver the other four streetcars throughout this year; they will be tested prior to entering revenue service. Transdev will operate the streetcar route for the city of Milwaukee when it enters service late in 2018.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom ­Barrett said, “This is a significant step forward, and you can sense the excitement growing as we get closer and closer,” he said. “People recognize the reality of this and how competitive this puts Milwaukee with other major metropolitan areas. This is about economic development as well as transportation.”

The vehicles operate with an onboard energy storage system that allows them to travel along off-wire segments, using lithium-ion battery technology without an overhead contact system. Each streetcar is almost 67 feet long and can transport up to 120 passengers, including up to 32 seated passengers. Two center-car passenger doors and an automatic hydraulic leveling system allow for easy, station-height passenger boarding. Passenger amenities include bicycle racks and an HVAC system that can accommodate Milwaukee’s changes of season.

The Hop Streetcar will operate on a new 2.5-mile route through key commercial and residential segments of Milwaukee’s urban core. The line will connect riders to the city’s downtown intermodal station, which provides service to 1.4 million users annually.

Landmarks and attractions along the route will include Milwaukee Public Market, the historic Third Ward neighborhood, East Town, Lower East Side and Cathedral Square Park.

Crowds in Milwaukee welcome the first Hop Streetcar vehicle, manufactured by Brookville Equipment Corporation.

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