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Streetcar sees boost in ridership during Summerfest, Bastille Days

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's been a record-breaking June and July for Milwaukee's streetcar. 

Mayor Tom Barrett says there's been an increase in ridership with a big boost during Bastille Days. 

From the first day of Summerfest on June 26 through the close of Bastille Days on Sunday, The Hop saw more than 3,500 riders per day during the 19-day run. Those numbers include a single-day high for the system of close to 9,000 riders on Saturday, July 13. 

Ridership so far in July has seen a little over 4,000 people per day with the four-day run of Bastille Days seeing about 7,000 riders per day.  

"The Hop is delivering on its promise of delivering a more connected city and providing an easy and efficient way for residents and visitors to access events that make Milwaukee special," Mayor Barrett said. 

The mayor sees the ridership numbers as momentum in the effort to expand the streetcar to new neighborhoods before the 2020 Democratic National Convention. 

For complete ridership data for The Hop since the streetcar launched in November 2018, please click here. 

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