WisDOT Secretary-designee Thompson releases statement on federal government commitment of $40.9 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funds to Milwaukee's East West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program

​Release date: May 29, 2020

WisDOT Secretary-designee Thompson releases statement on federal government commitment of $40.9 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funds to Milwaukee's East West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program

“The announcement of a $40.9 million grant to Milwaukee County for its Bus Rapid Transit Program is tremendous news for the entire state of Wisconsin. This critical 9-mile corridor serves the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and connects downtown Milwaukee with Wauwatosa and Marquette University. The service is estimated to have more than 9,500 daily users by 2035 and increase overall transit ridership by 17 percent.
 
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) brings a much higher level of service and modernity than traditional bus service with features such as real-time arrival signs and dedicated lanes that make it feel more like a train on wheels. BRT will provide mobility options to everyone in the region while reducing congestion.
 
Former County Executive Abele was a strong force behind getting this project moving. County Executive Crowley has picked up the torch and is carrying it forward. It is because of their efforts that this has occurred. We couldn’t be more pleased with the federal government recognizing how important reliable, modern transit is to the economy and quality of life for everyone.”

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov

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