Streetcar costs could fall to taxpayers

CREATED Aug 29, 2014

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 MILWAUKEE-- A 2-1 ruling by the PSC, issued Friday, means the city is on the hook for moving any utilities on the street car route. Some estimates put that cost to at least $20 million. 

Alderman Bob Donovan, an opponent of the proposed streetcar, hopes Mayor Tom Barrett will put an end to the plan. 

"I'll give him the holiday weekend, but on Tuesday, say 'enough's enough.' We're putting an end to this, we cannon stick this to the taxpayers of Milwaukee," said Alderman Donovan. 

However, in a statement from Mayor Barrett's office late Friday, the PSC ruling or the streetcar were never mentioned by name. It said the mayor "will continue to focus on moving Milwaukee forward by providing residents and employers with transportation options." 

Alderman Donovan hopes that means the end of the line to an idea that has already cost the taxpayers. 

 "I've got a call in right now, Steve, to try and find out precisely what the city has paid already over the last couple of years," said Alderman Donovan.