Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS)

Milwaukee, WI 53205

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1942 North 17th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
http://www.ridemcts.com/
414.344.4550

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Milwaukee County Transit System provides bus service in the metro Milwaukee area. 

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Car Sharing

FlexRide Milwaukee celebrates 50,000 completed rides

Jan. 12, 2024
FlexRide delivered more than 41,000 rides in 2023 after launching in 2022.
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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

BEBs begin return to service on MCTS’ CONNECT 1 BRT

Sept. 27, 2023
Nova Bus issued all new batteries at no charge to MCTS after recalling the batteries in August.
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MCTS to continue offering free rides on CONNECT 1 BRT line into early 2024

Sept. 20, 2023
MCTS and its fare payment service provider, Umo Mobility, agreed to extend the program into 2024 due to a supply chain delay pushing back the pre-board fare equipment.
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Fare Collection

Waukesha Metro makes switch to WisGo app

Sept. 12, 2023
Waukesha Metro joins Milwaukee County Transit System in making the switch to WisGo, with other nearby transit agencies preparing to make the switch as well.
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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

MCTS temporarily removes all Nova Bus LFSe+ battery electric buses from CONNECT 1 BRT due to manufacturing recall

Aug. 25, 2023
Nova Bus notified MCTS of a potential issue that may have occurred during the manufacturing process.
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Management

MCTS appoints Denise Wandke as its president and managing director of Milwaukee Transport Services

May 22, 2023
Wandke has been a part of MCTS for nearly 30 years and has held leadership positions in nearly every critical part of operations.
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Left to right: Rick Nordness (Midwest Equipment Specialists), Carl Boyer (StertilKoni), Dwyane Reese (MTCS deputy director of maintenance) and Ron McCorkel (director of maintenance, MCTS)
Equipment & Supplies

MCTS installs Stertil-Koni vehicle lifts for future fleet maintenance

May 4, 2023
As part of the process to welcome bus rapid transit, MCTS purchased 14 Stertil-Koni inground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFTs and 16 Mobile Column Lifts from Stertil-Koni.
Paratransit

MCTS selects First Transit for paratransit van service

Nov. 30, 2022
MCTS has consolidated its paratransit service to a single vendor to modernize the service.
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Infrastructure

MCTS installs first battery-electric bus charger

Sept. 22, 2022
The new BRT route will come with two battery-electric bus charging stations – one at each end of the line.
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MCTS launches new Transit Teen Advisory Board

Sept. 8, 2022
This initiative empowers teenage residents to advocate for MCTS through fun and interactive sessions designed to develop their leadership skills.

Articles & News

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MCTS’ CONNECT 1 BRT Bringing Public Transportation Usage Up in Milwaukee Area

Sept. 19, 2023
The BRT launched in June after a seven-year process and the results are promising so far.
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Fare Collection

The Future of Paying for Public Transit Will Bring Better Connections

June 6, 2023
Transit systems in Milwaukee, Wis., and the Tampa, Fla., area reflect the industry’s wider move toward payment systems that support equitable efforts, including fare capping, ...
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Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, County Supervisor Priscilla Coggs-Jones, MCTS Chief Financial Officer Tim Hosch, and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, welcomed public transit riders to WisGo, a new fare collection system starting April 1.
Fare Collection

MCTS set to launch WisGO April 1

March 30, 2023
The new account-based platform will allow for easier regional mobility and enable fare capping on WisGo accounts.
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MCTS will be installing validators on its vehicles in preparation of WisGo's launch in April.
Fare Collection

MCTS marks progress toward WisGo launch in April

Feb. 14, 2023
The account-based ticketing platform will offer riders more flexible ways to pay for trips and offer fare capping - a move transit and city leaders hail as a key step toward greater...
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MCTS held an event on Nov. 10 that gave the community a preview of the MCTS CONNECT brand, as well as the service's first electric bus.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

MCTS unveils MCTS CONNECT, its new BRT brand that will operate using electric buses

Nov. 11, 2022
A launch event in Milwaukee showcased the first of MCTS’s electric vehicles that will enter service in June 2023.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during a groundbreaking event for MCTS's East-West BRT project on June 10.
Infrastructure

MCTS breaks ground on Wisconsin’s first BRT line

June 15, 2021
The nine-mile corridor will connect employment and education centers and is expected to boost transit ridership by 17 percent when it opens in 2022.
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MCTS using new spray to fight airborne viral spread

The spray controls bacteria and viruses for up to three months.
Transit employees from across the nation joined efforts in a new video encouraging mask wearing while using public transit.
Safety & Security

Transit agencies join forces to promote mask usage

Jan. 8, 2021
The agencies have produced a video with “a simple task” request of riders: Wear a mask.

Videos & Resources

Little Girl Runs to Milwaukee Bus Driver for Help
Safety & Security

Little Girl Runs to Milwaukee Bus Driver for Help

Jan. 31, 2018
When a woman passed out on the street from a seizure, her little girl looked to Milwaukee County Transit System driver Michelle Mixon for help.
Milwaukee Bus Driver Helps Pregnant Woman Going into Labor
Safety & Security

Milwaukee Bus Driver Helps Pregnant Woman Going into Labor

Jan. 25, 2018
On Christmas Eve a pregnant woman was alone and going into labor. As she looked for help she found MCTS driver Tayetta Currin.
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Lost 10 Year Old Boy Finds Help on Milwaukee Bus

Jan. 25, 2018
MCTS bus driver Brandon Weathers was driving on a bitter cold night when he saw a 10-year-old boy yelling for help, he immediately pulled over.
MCTS Bus Driver Runs to the Hospital to Help Save a Passenger
Safety & Security

MCTS Bus Driver Runs to the Hospital to Help Save a Passenger

Nov. 21, 2017
MCTS Driver Carlos Nunez's quick action might have been the difference between life and death for a passenger having a heart attack. Another story of MCTS Excellence.
New Voices of MCTS
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New Voices of MCTS

Feb. 10, 2017
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Voice Winners said thank you. In 2016 MCTS held a vote to help choose the new voices riders hear making announcements on the bus.
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Holiday Greetings from MCTS

Dec. 7, 2016
MCTS riders will be getting into the holiday spirit in the month of December thanks to audio messages playing onboard all MCTS buses.
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Mass Transit Weekly Update 8/26/2016

Aug. 26, 2016
This week's transit update includes videos from Bay Area Rapid Transit, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), Auckland Transport, Metro Transit, TransLink and Hillsborough Area...
The All-New MCTS 5700 Series Bus
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The All-New MCTS 5700 Series Bus

Aug. 26, 2016
The new fleet of MCTS 5700 Series Buses hit the road summer of 2016, MCTS highlighted some of the features that make the buses different from its old fleet.

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MCTS will work with Cubic to introduce the Umo platform this fall.
Fare Collection

Milwaukee County Transit System selects Cubic’s Umo as new fare collection system

Umo will connect MCTS riders to its bus services, as well as to other forms of transit across the region.
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MCTS Freeway Flyers resume with updated schedules

Aug. 3, 2021
Now that businesses are starting to reopen physical offices in the downtown area, MCTS is resuming its Freeway Flyers to help employees get to and from work.
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Second phase of MCTS NEXT system redesign takes effect June 6

May 11, 2021
MCTS NEXT is an effort to update Milwaukee’s route network, improve the rider experience and meet the community’s modern needs.
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Stock image shows the type of battery-electric bus coming to MCTS. The specific design and branding of the local buses will be unveiled at a future date.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

MCTS announces battery-electric bus manufacturer

March 12, 2021
The transit system has awarded a contract to Nova Bus, which will build the county's first battery-electric bus.
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MCTS begins transit enhancement study along 27th Street

Feb. 16, 2021
The study will analyze the feasibility of options that would enhance transit service, increase frequency, reduce travel times, add amenities and potentially expand the existing...
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Infrastructure

FTA awards CIG funding to Milwaukee County’s East-West BRT project

Dec. 15, 2020
A $40.9-million grant was awarded to the project, which will provide faster and more reliable transit service along the region’s busiest travel corridor.
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The BRT service is slated to begin construction spring 2021 with revenue service starting fall 2022.
Infrastructure

Federal government commits $40.9 million to Milwaukee County’s BRT project

June 15, 2020
The BRT system will help better connect the county’s transit system to major employment, education and recreation destinations.
Aira
Visually impaired riders can use the Aira app to help them navigate the bus system, the international airport, the courthouse and numerous parks.
Mobile Applications

Milwaukee County launches pilot program to expand accessibility for MCTS riders

Feb. 5, 2020
The Aira app helps individuals who are blind or low vision navigate the more than 5,000 bus stops in Milwaukee County.
Mobile Applications

MCTS has highest-rated transit tracking and ticketing app in North America

Nov. 11, 2019
The app has received 3,000 reviews on the Apple App Store.