Here’s how to move on and around Downtown’s newest transit option.
The Hop begins its stops throughout Downtown soon. Here’s what you’ll need to know.
The long-awaited arrival of Milwaukee’s streetcar is about to make getting around Downtown easier – if also a little more complicated.
The Hop, as it has been branded, will shuttle up to 150 passengers on rails in the street along a 2-mile route starting in late October or early November, with a loop to the lakefront coming online in 2020. Further expansion north and south is being considered, too.
Streetcar rides are free for its first year, so you’ll be able to board without a ticket or smartphone fare app – easy breezy. Inside are some subway-style seats, but the low, open area in the center of the cars is ideal for wheelchairs or strollers, and bikes can be hung from hooks. Overhead straps help steady riders, though officials promise a smooth, 25-30 mph ride with a car arriving at each of The Hop’s 10 stops every 10-15 minutes.
“I don’t expect the streetcar is going to be for everybody,” City Engineer Jeff Polenske says. “But it is another means of getting around Downtown, and ultimately it will take some of the circulation traffic off the streets of Downtown. So there is a benefit to everybody.”