Here’s how to move on and around Down­town’s new­est tran­sit op­tion.

Milwaukee Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - - CHRIS DROS­NER

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.”

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