Who is MCTS?


The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has grown from a single horse-drawn streetcar in 1860 to the largest transit system in Wisconsin and the economic engine of Southeastern Wisconsin. With a fleet of 400 diesel buses and a dedicated team of over 1,100 operators, mechanics and administrative staff, MCTS provides on average 150,000 rides every day to people across Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties who rely on us to get to work, school and medical appointments. 

Milwaukee Transport Services, Inc. is a quasi-governmental instrumentality of Milwaukee County responsible for the management and operation of the Milwaukee County Transit System. 

Service Highlights

  • A 2015 study conducted by the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation shows that MCTS is responsible for at least $342 million a year in economic benefits for the community.
  • MCTS serves a diverse group of riders and is consistently rated highly by passengers, with a recent survey finding 88% of riders feel MCTS meets or exceeds their needs.
  • By managing paratransit service, in addition to fixed route, MCTS also ensures that persons with disabilities in Milwaukee County have safe and viable mobility options.
  • MCTS serves nearly 5,500 bus stops and operates over 60 routes, including Freeway Flyer service from 14 outlying park-ride lots, and limited stop MetroEXpress service which travels through the heart of the city to major destinations across the County.

With programs like the U-PASS for college students and the Commuter Value Pass program for Milwaukee’s workforce, MCTS is an essential contributor to the education and economic environment of Milwaukee County.  By providing service to all Milwaukee Brewers home games and event service to Summerfest, Wisconsin State Fair and a variety of other lakefront festivals, MCTS is also an important piece of Milwaukee’s vibrant entertainment landscape.

MCTS is proud to offer state-of-the-art system features including clean diesel buses, Real-Time Information and the M•CARD, a reusable smart card riders use to pay fares. With these and other improvements on the horizon, MCTS is poised to offer riders a state of the art passenger experience.  It’s truly an exciting time for transit in Milwaukee and we invite you to come aboard.