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“The Hop – Connecting Milwaukeeans to Each Other & A Brighter Future”
Presenter Ashley Booth, HNTB Engineering Consultant who led The Hop team, will present a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Milwaukee’ newest, boldest transportation system.
The streetcar has arrived! Thanks to The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee is now easier to navigate, neighborhoods are more connected, and your destination is just a quick hop away.
Milwaukee’s new, modern fixed-transit network will begin operations this fall and will help attract investment, business and talent, while creating jobs, improving quality of life, and increasing vitality. Ashley Booth, National Streetcar Practice Leader with HNTB, led the design of The Hop and will speak to how the system will create a more connected city and spur additional economic development throughout downtown.
The Hop’s downtown route is projected to open in November; the lakefront route is expected to open in 2019. The sleek and powerful streetcars are 67-feet long and can carry 150 passengers. The 2.5-mile route will link the Milwaukee Intermodal Station to the city’s lower east side. Thanks to a $10 million sponsorship deal with the Forest County Potawatomi community, riders will not be charged a fee for the first year.
We hope you can make it to this Fall Forum program on Sunday, Sept. 16!
Presenter: Ashley Booth, HNTB Engineering Consultants, leader of The Hop team
Host: Lorraine Jacobs
Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education and more. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. Coffee is served. Childcare is available.