Feds nix Milwaukee request for streetcar grant

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 --- 6:06 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected Milwaukee's request for additional federal money to expand a proposed downtown streetcar system.

The city applied for up to $26.6 million in federal transit grant money.

This week, the federal agency announced awards nationwide totaling $474 million. Milwaukee did not get any money.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1dNSros ) says the city had hoped to use the federal money to expand its proposed $64.6 million downtown streetcar system. The city hopes to start construction on the system next year and have streetcars running in 2016.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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