The Hop reports ridership over 16,000 during streetcar’s opening weekend

Public service began last Friday

The line to take a ride on The Hop on its opening day of service.

During its first three days of passenger service, downtown Milwaukee’s new streetcar generated a total ridership of 16,409, officials for The Hop said today.

It’s been a week since the new public transportation system officially opened to the public on Friday, Nov. 2, drawing a crowd of about 700 people watch project officials cut the ceremonial ribbon at its “Grand Hop-ening” kick-off event. A weekend-long celebration followed, including activities and events at various destinations along the route.

With all five streetcar vehicles and 18 stations along the M-Line in full operation, The Hop traveled a total of 856.3 miles during its first weekend. A total of 123 volunteers assisted riders at each station, logging a collective 662 hours.

Ridership data for The Hop’s first week is not yet available, a spokesman said.

Rides on The Hop are free for the first year thanks to a $10 million, 12-year naming sponsorship deal with Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. It will operate Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.              

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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