Adult Cash ... $2.25
Freeway Flyer Cash ... $3.25
A guide for each route MCTS operates is available in a printed or online PDF version. These route guides provide complete information about an individual route using their three main components as shown below – cover, map and schedule.
Each schedule display is broken up by day (weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays/holidays), direction of travel, and by time points that match those on the map. If the bus does something special, a footnote appears to the right of the time and the footnote list is at the bottom of the schedule display. Remember the time points are NOT the only places the bus stops.
To read the schedule, follow these simple steps:
Please note that MCTS operates a Sunday schedule on the following holidays:
Aside from the route number and name prominently displayed at the top, there are a number of other helpful features on each route guide cover:
Each map shows all the streets buses travel on for a particular route. Maps may contain these key elements:
Most bus stops are served by one or two routes just like the illustration shows. You will find bus stops about every two to three blocks. White numbers and letters on a blue background indicate local routes. Green backgrounds are for Flyer or UBUS (UWM/MATC) service. When you read the bus stop sign, be sure to check for any special messages that appear (e.g., “No Sunday Service,” or “A.M. Stop”).
In Downtown Milwaukee, many MCTS routes may share a single bus stop. Because of space limitations, only big bold white route numbers will be displayed on this style sign. Blue backgrounds will be used to distinguish local routes. Green backgrounds will be used to distinguish Flyer routes. Although route names and special messages will not appear, supplemental signs are posted below or near the bus stop sign in order to provide more complete information.
Buses stop wherever you see MCTS signs. While waiting for the bus, please stand back from the edge of the curb. To let the bus driver know you want to board, please stand and wait near the curb at the designated bus stop.
All buses have signs above their window shield that display the route number and final destination of the bus. These are electronic signs where yellow letters appear on a black background for all services. Similar signs are displayed on the side of the bus next to the front door.
MCTS offers four ways to pay your fare: exact cash, tickets, passes and with an
Be sure to have your fare, transfer or pass ready before you board. Show your pass or transfer to the operator as you board. If you have special identification for a discount fare (e.g., student, senior, disabled, etc.), please have the proper identification ready and show it to the operator prior to depositing your fare.
Remember to ask for a transfer when you pay your fare. Transfers are valid for further transportation on any bus at any stop within the time limit. Transfers will be issued only upon request. Also, if you are boarding with any MCTS bus pass, you will not need a transfer.
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