Alderman Donovan asks Mayor Barrett to reconsider streetcar project

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan issued a letter urging Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to put the downtown streetcar project on hold because of uncertainty connected with the upcoming gubernatorial recall election.

In the letter, Donovan states: "Very specifically, Mr. Mayor, I would like to know if you win the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, will you allocate state money to help subsidize the streetcar’s yearly operational costs? If your answer is “no,” then I strongly suggest that you put the entire project on hold, as the new mayor of Milwaukee may be opposed to the streetcar project (and especially to its ongoing hefty operational costs!).”

Alderman Donovan has asked for a public referendum on the project, stating he is convinced 70 percent of city residents don't support it.

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