Milwaukee Alderman Robert Donovan is opposing the city’s plan to spend $54 million to build a new streetcar system.
The federal money earmarked for a Milwaukee transit project should be spent elsewhere, according to a statement Monday from Donovan’s office. The money is better spent on police and emergency services, paving streets or fixing Milwaukee Public School buildings, according to Donovan’s statement.
City of Milwaukee engineers last week announced plans to begin preliminary engineering and environmental studies for a new $95.8 million streetcar system. The planning includes future extensions, paid for with federal money.
In the plans unveiled last Wednesday, Milwaukee would build a new streetcar that would run from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station on St. Paul Avenue, up Broadway and through the downtown to the city’s lower-east side.