Transit Innovations (TI) is committed to providing the Milwaukee E=Way Commuter Rail System and coordinated real estate & economic development at stations along existing rail corridors emanating from the suburbs of Downtown Milwaukee. This Private Public Partnership (PPP) specifically focuses on connecting the Metro Milwaukee communities and its residents to employment, educational, and entertainment centers, thereby providing the most optimal and cost-effective transit solution.
With this important goal in mind, TI is forming Milwaukee’s first Transportation Coalition, bringing together vital partners and stakeholders that share the same vision of connecting our communities through passenger rail. We believe that this coalition will bring the expertise, knowledge, support, and commitment from a myriad of passenger rail backgrounds to address the transportation demand of Metro-Milwaukee.
TI has established private funding via a $400M Private Activity Bond with Citigroup and will compete for federal infrastructure funding with the support and commitment of local and state transportation initiatives. This is the next step in launching this formative Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
Majority consensus for the E=Way project is crucial in creating a unified voice while TI is negotiating rail access leases with Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. By leasing existing rail infrastructure, the project cost is reduced by $1.3 billion dollars.
Having a coordinated effort to build the E=Way is crucial in our application to secure Federal Grant Funding that will simultaneously support transit-oriented developments at stations, as well as other related economic development projects and job creation opportunities. The Transit Innovations Team has come a long way in gathering local, regional, and statewide support through years of planning and collaborating with rail consultants to put forth a plan that has gained favorable consensus for the E=Way System.