Bird’s Eye View: Cathedral Square Park and The Hop

Credit: Jon Elliott of MKE Drones LLC

The new downtown Milwaukee streetcar, called “The Hop,” recently began service. The initial route for The Hop, called the M-Line, runs from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, through the northern edge of the Historic Third Ward, through East Town to Burns Commons on the Lower East Side.

The M-Line has 18 stations, including two (one serving eastbound trains and the other serving westbound trains) seen here at Cathedral Square adjacent to the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus. Another line, the L-Line, will go near the lakefront and will open in 2020.

The M-Line route also passes the future site of the 25-story BMO Tower, which is under construction (red tower crane in photo).

The $128 million streetcar project was funded by a combination of federal funds ($69 million) and city funds via tax increment financing ($59 million).

Credit: Jon Elliott of MKE Drones LLC

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