Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson says he sees the city’s street car system as a way to grow the economy while offering residents, workers and visitors a way to access new developments.

Johnson, who also serves as Milwaukee Common Council president, at a Milwaukee Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday said he sees the street car as a way to grow the number of available family-supporting jobs and more. He said the existing route was never supposed to be the final form, and expanding it to serve areas other than downtown would help the city grow.

Johnson and former Ald. Bob Donovan meet Tuesday in the general election to decide who will be mayor for a full term.

“When you have fixed rail development around that infrastructure, what you get is nodes of economic activity that transpire,” Johnson said.

To pay for that expansion, Johnson said the city should look to the federal government for more funds.

“I don’t think that it was ever meant to be solely a circulator for downtown Milwaukee in the footprint that it’s in right now,” he said. “It should stretch beyond and go into the neighborhoods so we can see that economic development along its tracks to happen in the neighborhoods outside of downtown as well.”

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