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Building The Hop

Last weld ceremony

The Milwaukee community left its mark on a historic event on Monday, July 2 at a “last weld” ceremony for The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

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TOD Connects Community Workshops

The proposed, future extensions of the The Hop north along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and south into Walker’s Point have the potential to connect people to jobs, attract new businesses, bring new housing options and improve public open spaces. The City of Milwaukee, Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, Walker’s Point Association and Harbor District Inc. are planning for how to ensure residents and businesses benefit from the potential changes that improved transit could bring to the neighborhood.

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Now Hiring

The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, is looking to fill more than 20 new positions for Milwaukee’s streetcar system, including 14 streetcar operator jobs. To see a list of available positions or apply online, click here.

The Hop is expected to employ about 30 people by the time the system is operational this fall.

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Testing, Testing

Motorists and pedestrians along W. St. Paul Ave. were treated to a special sight on April 11 as the first vehicle for The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, began testing on the road for the first time. Representatives from the city, the streetcar operator and the vehicle manufacturer were all on hand for the beginning of the long and thorough process to prepare the streetcar for passenger use later this fall.

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The Hop is Home

The first streetcar vehicle for The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, arrived in Milwaukee on March 26 following its 600-mile journey from manufacturer Brookville Equipment Corp. in Brookville, Penn., by flatbed truck.

The vehicle’s arrival marked the first opportunity for the public to get a glimpse of the vehicle, including the new The Hop branding and color scheme. Today’s delivery was the first of a five-vehicle order, with the remaining cars slated to arrive over the next few months.

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The route

The streetcar’s initial route is intended to serve the greatest numbers of riders while providing significant opportunities for economic development. It is designed to complement existing bus routes, especially the major bus corridor along Wisconsin Avenue.

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