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MILWAUKEE — Some Milwaukee aldermen are raising the prospect of suspending streetcar service, known as ‘The Hop,’ citing a lack of funding to keep it running, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
TMJ4’s news partner reports that aldermen Scott Spiker and Michael Murphy said at a city budget hearing Friday that funds are running out in the city’s parking fund, which pays for the free streetcar service. Several forms of parking enforcement have already been suspended amid the pandemic, which has led to the shortfall of funding.
But Milwaukee Department of Public Works Commissioner Jeff Polenske tells the BizJournal that suspending the Hop would violate the City of Milwaukee’s agreement with the federal government. The city is obligated to continue running the service because federal dollars were used to build the service, running across the city’s downtown and lower east side.
Polenske says he brought the issue up with the Federal Transit Administration. The BizJournal reports that FTA officials told him that the obligation to continue the service remains in place amid the pandemic.