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“The Avenue” offers latest revitalization vision for Shops of Grand Avenue

Downtown Milwaukee turned a corner at one of its most historic intersections: 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue, with its latest reincarnation. New plans were unveiled on December 6 to transform the former Shops of the Grand Avenue into an array of reimagined spaces, from a food hall to refurbished offices and apartments, to engaging new retail concepts. Known as the Shops of Grand Avenue, the site will be rebranded simply as The Avenue, a refocus on its central location and recognition of its role in downtown. 3rd Street Market Hall At its heart will be 3rd Street Market Hall,...

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Ridership on The Hop higher than original estimates for winter Streetcar service

After The Hop’s grand opening weekend of November 2 saw more than 16,000 riders, Milwaukee City officials announced that the new $124 million streetcar continued to average just under 2,200 riders a day. Before the launch, the city originally estimated ridership of 1,850 per day, 341 less than the 2,191 daily average total from the first two weeks of service, November 5 to 18. The highest one day ridership has so far been 3,806 passengers on November 17. The M-Line has been officially providing service for one month. “We are continuing to work on additions with the customer service,...

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MCTS lists Milwaukee’s 12 most festive holiday destinations to visit by bus

Few places shine brighter than Milwaukee during the holidays. Whether the public spends time outside in the cold or prefers to stay warm indoors, the city offers plenty of ways to experience the sights and sounds of the season. Following its curated list of Halloween locations to visit by public bus, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) recently released a dozen destinations around town for the December holidays. The self-guided bus tour list features some of the most festive holiday displays and activities in Milwaukee County. Using a 24-Hour ticket on the Ride MCTS app, travelers can visit multiple...

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Downtown bus shelters transformed with artwork as beautification project expands

The Milwaukee County Transit System’s popular Bus Shelter Art Project expanded to downtown Milwaukee for the first time, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Milwaukee Downtown BID #21. Crews recently finished installing unique designs on MCTS bus shelters at Water & Wisconsin and Water & Mason. The installations were funded by a $1,000 donation from Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, which was matched by The Bus Art Project MKE. “MCTS gives more than 15 million rides per year in the greater downtown area alone,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “As a longtime supporter of the arts, I couldn’t be...

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MCTS NEXT kicks into high gear with public review of proposed new transit routing

New bus routes, more high frequency service, and better transit options is what MCTS has been showing off at recent community meetings as part of MCTS NEXT, a reimagining of bus service to make the current system more efficient. The public was invited to open house events around Milwaukee County to see the new plans and find out more about the changes. As part of the MCTS NEXT process, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) logistical staff has spent months doing a top to bottom, comprehensive review of the entire transit system. Planners examined and evaluated every route and bus...

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Wisconsin sees campaign investments of $61.5M aimed at further dividing people and communities

Political advertising is a practical necessity, but money spent on candidate bashing in Wisconsin promotes a level of fear and hate that takes root in lasting social trauma. About four dozen wealthy special interest groups doled out more than $60 million to mostly smear candidates during the 2018 fall legislative and statewide elections, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign preliminary review found. The record-smashing amount spent by these outside electioneering groups totaled $61.4 million, including nearly $31.3 million by Republican outfits and $30.1 million by Democratic groups. Compared to other mid-term election years that featured legislative and statewide races, spending by...

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