by Michael J. Shapiro | November 05, 2018
A new streetcar known as The Hop is now running in Milwaukee. The 2.5-mile loop includes a stop just three blocks from the Wisconsin Center, the city's convention facility, providing attendees with free access to restaurants and shops in nearby neighborhoods. Riding The Hop will be complimentary for its inaugural year, thanks to a sponsorship from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
"Milwaukee is in the midst of an unprecedented downtown boom, and The Hop is a critical part of connecting it all," said Visit Milwaukee CEO Paul Upchurch. "We know visitors, whether they're here for business or leisure, will enjoy the convenience and affordability that this fixed-transit system brings."
 
The Hop runs weekdays from 5 a.m. until midnight, Saturdays from 7 a.m. until midnight, and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Five streetcars serve 18 stations along the 2.5-mile loop, meaning a car should pass every 10 to 15 minutes -- each with a 150-passenger capacity.
 
The service is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, featuring roll-on/roll-off access for wheelchairs, strollers and bikes. Find a route map and additional information here.
 
Planners seeking activities for convention attendees can work with Visit Milwaukee to organize a tour on The Hop through Milwaukee Food & City Tours.
 
The new loop is known as the M Line, and it represents the first phase of a grander streetcar project. The city hopes to debut another line along the lakefront in 2020, and is currently planning and proposing a number of additional routes.