Just over a week to 'The Hop' streetcar launch

NOW: Just over a week to ’The Hop’ streetcar launch

Milwaukee's streetcar officially launches next week. 

During a joint committee meeting, details about the "Grand Hop-ening" celebration and useful information for future riders were discussed. 

According to project managers, The Hop is right on time and on budget. 

Despite the good news, they brought up some operational issues that was concerning to the committee. The app, or system which tracks the location of the streetcars won't be ready for users by launch date.

"That's kinda a problem, but it is what it is and the team indicated they'll be working to correct that as soon as possible and they hope to have real-time smartphone based applications in place by December," said Ald. Robert Bauman, committee chair.

However, Mayor Tom Barrett said testing continues.

"And even after it starts we'll be making adjustments to make sure we are doing everything we can make this a pleasure experience for all those who want to take advantage of this opportunity."

Project managers also mentioned the streetcars will operate mostly at 15 minute intervals -- 20 minutes during non-peak times.

"Folks will be very conscious of 'how much time do I have to wait for the next car'. I think 10 minute headways are pretty important. I'm heartened to hear the team are working towards achieving that goal," Ald. Bauman said.

During the weekdays, the streetcar is scheduled to run from 5 a.m. to midnight, on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The weekend-long celebration kicks off Friday, Nov. 2 at noon in Cathedral Square Park. There will be music, along with other entertainment.

On Saturday, the focus will be promoting businesses along the route. 

Sunday will be kids and family day filled with fun, engaging activities. 

For more information, visit: https://thehopmke.com/grand-hopening/

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