Service Alerts

Some Schedules Changing December 4, 2016

Some of our route schedules will be changing on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. 

The changes will go into effect as part the route updates we do four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).

14, 23, 27, 28, 30-30X, 33, 40, 44, 48, 60, 62, 79, 219, 223, BlueLine, GreenLine, PurpleLine & RedLine.




Some of our routes will be changing on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. 

The changes will go into effect as part the route updates we do four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).

14, 23, 27, 28, 30-30X, 33, 40, 44, 48, 60, 62, 79, 219, 223, BlueLine, GreenLine, PurpleLine & RedLine.


Some of our routes will be changing on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. 

The changes will go into effect as part the route updates we do four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).

14, 23, 27, 28, 30-30X, 33, 40, 44, 48, 60, 62, 79, 219, 223, BlueLine, GreenLine, PurpleLine & RedLine.


Detour Route 79 Inbound - HWY 100 Entrance Ramp to Eastbound I-94 Closed - November 22 (4 months)

EFFECTIVE DATES: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
DURATION: 4 Months
AFFECTED AREA: Hwy 100 Entrance Ramp to EB I-94

Due to the closure of the Hwy 100 entrance ramp to EB I-94 for the Zoo Interchange
Project, the Route 79 Flyer Inbound Trips leaving the Watertown Plank P&R will detour as
follows:

ROUTE 79 INBOUND TRIPS FROM THE WATERTOWN PLANK P&R:

• South on Swan Boulevard to Watertown Plank Road
• West (right) on Watertown Plank Road
• South (left) on Hwy 100 (Mayfair Road)
• East (left) on Bluemound Road
• South (right) on Glenview Avenue/84th Street
• East (left) on Kearney Street to the I-94 East entrance ramp and regular route

Routes 19, 23 & BlueLine - Train Detour - When Needed (6 weeks)

EFFECTIVE: When Needed
DURATION: 6 weeks
AFFECTED AREA: Water Street between Seeboth Street and Erie Street

Due to construction on the Water Street Bridge, the standard train detour for the Routes 19, 23, &  BlueLine will be as follows:

Northbound:
• From north on 2nd Street, east (right) on Pittsburgh Avenue/Young Street
• West (left) on Erie Street
• North (right) on Water Street
• West (left) on St. Paul
• North (right) on Plankinton to regular route

Southbound:

• Continue east on St. Paul
• South (right) on Water Street
• East (left) on Erie Street
• South (right) on Young Street/Pittsburgh Avenue
• South (left) on 2nd Street to regular route

Detour Route 31 - State Street Closed for Employee Holiday Lites - November 30 (noon-midnight)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
DURATION: 12:00 PM (noon) until 12:00 AM (midnight)
AFFECTED AREA: State Street Between 37th & 41st Streets

Due to MillerCoors Brewing closing State Street for the “Employee Holiday Lites” event, the Route 31 will detour as follows:

Westbound:

Continue west/north on Highland Boulevard, west/southwest (left) on Martin Drive, south(left) on 46th Street, west (right) on State Street to regular route.

Eastbound: From east on State Street, north (left) on 46th Street, northeast/

east (right) on Martin Drive, south (right) on Highland and follow east to regular route.

Detour Routes 30 & 30X - Construction at Sherman/Lisbon - October 27 (3 weeks)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016 (when barricaded or notified)
DURATION: 3 Weeks
AFFECTED AREA: Intersection of Sherman Boulevard and Lisbon Avenue

Due to the reconstruction of the Sherman Boulevard/Lisbon Avenue intersection, Routes 30/30X will detour as follows:

Westbound:
• From northwest on Lisbon Avenue, north (right) on 41st Street
• West (left) on Garfield Avenue
• North (right) on Sherman Boulevard to regular route

Eastbound:

• From south on Sherman Boulevard, east (left) on North Avenue
• South (right) on 40th Street to regular route 

Detour GreenLine - Water Street Bridge Closed - November 7 (7 weeks)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Monday, November 7, 2016
DURATION: 7 weeks
AFFECTED AREA: Water Street between Seeboth Street and Erie Street

Due to construction on the Water Street Bridge, the Greenline will detour as follows:

Northbound:
• From north on 1st Street, east (right) on Pittsburgh Avenue/Young Street
• West (left) on Erie Street
• North (right) on Water Street to regular route

Southbound:
• From south on Water Street, east (left) on Erie Street
• South (right) on Young Street/Pittsburgh Avenue
• South (left) on 1st Street to regular route

Bus Stop for Routes 40, 43, 46 & 49 Temporarily Discontinued - October 25 - Until Further Notice

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Duration:  Until further notice
Affected Area: Eastbound stop in front of the Downtown Transit Center/833 E. Michigan Street - Stop #7709

Due to the destruction of the Downtown Transit Center, the eastbound stop on Michigan between Cass and Lincoln Memorial Drive for the routes 40, 43, 46, and 48 will be temporarily discontinued. In the meantime, passengers will be directed to board eastbound at Cass & Wisconsin. 


Piggly Wiggly M•CARD Outlet Temporarily Closed - September 27 (Temporary)

The Piggly Wiggly located at 10282 W National Ave will temporarily suspend sales of M•CARDs effective September 27, 2016 until further notice.

The three closest locations to buy or reload your M•CARD are:

  • Pick n Save: 2625 S. 108th St.
  • Check Cashing Place: 2812 S. 108th St.

For a full lost of M•CARD outlets, please click here to view our sales outlet map.

Routes 42U, 49, 49U - Ozaukee County Shared Ride Taxi Service

The Brown Deer Park & Ride Lot stop on Routes 42U, 49 & 49U provides a connection to the Ozaukee County Shared Ride Taxi. The Ozaukee County Transit System's Shared Ride Taxi provides service to the general public, and door to door transportation for the elderly and disabled within Ozaukee County. Visit OzaukeeTransit.com for additional information. 

Routes 12, 49 & 276 - Ozaukee County Shared Ride Taxi Service

The Green Bay Road & Cherrywood Lane stop on Routes 12, 49 & 276 provides a connection to the Ozaukee County Shared Ride Taxi. The Ozaukee County Transit System's Shared Ride Taxi provides service to the general public, and door to door transportation for the elderly and disabled within Ozaukee County. Visit  OzaukeeTransit.com for additional information. 

Route 63 - Ozaukee County Shared Ride Taxi Service

The Glencoe Place & Port Washington Road stop on the Route 63 provides a connection to the Ozaukee County Shared Ride Taxi. The Ozaukee County Transit System's Shared Ride Taxi provides service to the general public, and door to door transportation for the elderly and disabled within Ozaukee County. Visit OzaukeeTransit.com for additional information. 

Detour Route 22 - Repaving Center Between Sherman & 51st - September 20 (6 am-8 pm)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
DURATION: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (when barricaded or notified)
AFFECTED AREA: Center Street between Sherman Boulevard and 51st Street

Due to the repaving of Center Street, the Route 22 will detour as follows:

Westbound:
• From west on Center Street, north (right) on Sherman Boulevard
• West (left) on Locust Street
• South (left) on 55th Street
• West (right) on Center Street to regular route

Eastbound:
• From east on Center Street, north (left) on 55th Street
• East (right) on Locust Street
• South (right) on Sherman Boulevard
• East (left) on Center Street to regular route

Route 31 Innovation Trips - Free Ride Zone on Watertown Plank - September 6-23

EFFECTIVE DATE: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
DURATION: September 6th through September 23rd (18 days)
EFFECTED AREA: Watertown Plank Road under I-41 (Zoo Freeway)

Milwaukee County Transit is working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to provide free rides during the sidewalk closure under I-41 (Zoo Freeway) on Watertown Plank Road. This is being done to provide a safe route for pedestrians to travel in the area during the construction of the new interchange.

• Starting September 6, 2016 with the closing of the sidewalks on Watertown Plank Road, passengers can board westbound at Discovery Parkway (stop 6783) and eastbound buses at Children’s Court (stop 6697), without paying a fare.

• No transfers will be offered in this free ride zone. If passengers boarding in this area need a transfer, they can pay on the bus they are transferring to.

Detour Routes 48 & 88 - Packard Ave Sewer Construction - September 14 (5 months)

DATE: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
DURATION: 5 months
AFFECTED AREA: Packard Avenue between Plankinton Avenue and Lunham Avenue

Due to sewer and water construction closing Packard Avenue between Plankinton Avenue and Lunham Avenue, the Route 88 and 48 Flyer will detour as follows:

Route 88 PM Trips: From east on Layton Avenue, north (left) on Packard Avenue, west (left) on Plankinton Avenue, north (right) on Kingan Avenue, east (right) on Allerton Avenue to regular route.

Route 88 AM TripsContinue west on Allerton Avenue to Kingan Avenue, south (left) on Kingan Avenue, east (left) on Plankinton Avenue, south (right) on Packard Avenue to regular route.

48 Flyer PM Trips: South on Packard Avenue to Lunham Avenue, west (right) on Lunham Avenue, south (left) on Kingan Avenue, east (left) on Plankinton Avenue, south (right) on Packard Avenue to regular route.

48 Flyer AM Trips: North on Packard Avenue to Plankinton Avenue, west (left) on Plankinton Avenue, north (right) on Kingan Avenue, east (right) on Lunham Avenue, north (left) on Packard Avenue to regular route.

***Look for temporary stops located along the detour routing***

Pick n Save M•CARD Outlet to Close - August 31 (Permanent)

The Pick n Save located at 1818 W. National Ave, will permanently suspend sales of M•CARDs effective August 31st, 2016.

The three closest locations to buy or reload your M•CARD are:

  • El Rey: 916 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr.
  • Clark 16th Street LLC: 1418 S. Muskego Ave
  • Station On The Park: 812 S. Layton Blvd.

For a full lost of M•CARD outlets, please click here to view our sales outlet map.

GoldLine Free Ride Zone on Bluemound & Wisconsin Avenue - July 21 (Until Late Spring 2017)

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 21
DURATION: Late Spring 2017
EFFECTED AREA: 92nd and Wisconsin to the main Zoo entrance on Bluemound Rd

Milwaukee County Transit is working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to provide free rides during the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge construction project in the Zoo Interchange. This is being done to provide a safe route for pedestrians to travel in the area during the construction of the new interchange.

• Starting May 18, 2015 with the closing of the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge, operators should allow passengers to board westbound and eastbound buses at and between the main Zoo entrance on Bluemound Road and at 92nd/ Wisconsin, without paying a fare.

• NO TRANSFERS ARE TO BE ISSUED in this free ride zone. If you are boarding in this area and need a transfer, you can pay on the bus you are transferring to.

Routes 12, 31, 33, 42U, 44, 79, BrewersLine (90) & 137 to change due to demolition of the Downtown Transit Center

Update, July 29th: The sale and demolition of the Downtown Transit Center means changes for several MCTS routes that run through Downtown Milwaukee. The new routes will allow riders improved access to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (Route 12) and a direct route to grocery stores, restaurants and the Lakefront for people living on the west side (Route 33). The new routing also clears up some bus congestion along Wisconsin Avenue. For maps and additional information, please click here.

July 13th: Beginning August 28, 2016, several routes will see some changes through Downtown Milwaukee because of the closure and demolition of the Transit Center. Check back here for more specific information on stops impacted and new routing.

Detour Route 31 Innovation Trips - State Street Closed - April 29 (6 months)

DATE: Immediately
DURATION: 6 months
AFFECTED AREA: State Street between Harmonee Ave and Wauwatosa Ave

Due to the closure of State Street between Wauwatosa Avenue and Harmonee Avenue for Phase 1 of the Village of Wauwatosa Redevelopment, the Route 31 Innovation Trips will detour as follows:

Eastbound: Continue northeast on Harmonee Avenue to Wauwatosa Avenue, south (right) to State Street, and east (left) to regular route.

Westbound: West on State Street to Wauwatosa Avenue, north (right) on Wauwatosa Avenue to Harmonee Avenue, southwest (left) on Harmonee Avenue to regular route.

Detour Route 43 Flyer - AM Trips - April 16 (6 months)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2016
DURATION: 6 Months
AFFECTED AREA: Hwy 100 entrance ramp to I-43/894 NB

Due to ramp closures for the Zoo Interchange Project the Route 43 Flyer AM trips will detour as follows:

Eastbound/Inbound from the Hales Corners Park-n-Ride Lot:
• North (right) on 108th Street
• East (right) on Layton Avenue
• Northeast (left) on Forest Home Avenue
• Northeast (right) on I-43/ I-894 East entrance ramp to regular route

PurpleLine Bus Stop Temporarily Relocated - March 29 (Until Further Notice)

DATE: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
DURATION: Until Further Notice
AFFECTED AREA: South 27th Street & Mangold Avenue

Due to road construction, the northbound PurpleLine bus stop on South 27th Street at College Avenue has been temporarily relocated one block north to Mangold Avenue, near-side.

Operators are instructed to board and alight passengers for Route 27 & the PurpleLine at the temporary stop on 27th St. at Mangold until further notice.

Route 23 Detour - Fond du Lac Avenue Reconstruction - March 29 (8 months)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
DURATION: 8 Months
AFFECTED AREA: Fond du Lac Avenue between Capitol Drive and 68th Street

Due to the reconstruction of Fond du Lac Avenue between Capitol Drive and 68th Street the Route 23 will detour as follows:

Northbound:
• West (left) on Capitol Drive
• North (right) on 60th Street
• West (left) on Congress Street to regular route

Southbound:
• South (right) on 60th Street
• East (left) on Capitol Drive
• Southeast (right) on Fond du Lac Avenue to regular route

***Look for temporary stops added along Capitol Drive and 60th Street***

Route 80 Detour - Construction Drexel Town Square - August 3 (Until further notice)

EFFECTIVE DATES: Monday, August 3, 2015
DURATION: Until further notice
AFFECTED AREA: Town Square Way between 6th Street and Susan Drive

Due to the partial Grand Opening of the Drexel Town Square Development, the Route 80 detour has been revised and will now detour as follows:


Southbound:
  • East (left) on Drexel Avenue
  • South (right) on Delco Drive
  • East (left) on Town Square Way
  • East (left) on Town Square Way/ Susan Drive
  • South (right) on Howell Avenue to regular route

Northbound:

  • West (left) on Susan Drive/ Town Square Way
  • North (right) on Town Square Way
  • North (right) on Delco Drive
  • West (left) on Drexel Avenue
  • North (right) on 6th Street to regular route

Note for UBUSes

Please note that this route runs during fall & spring semesters only. It does not run during the summer months.

Route 50 Service

Please note that this route is a school run and has very limited service. It does not run during the summer months.

Freeway Flyer & UBus Local Segment Policy Change

Attention MCTS Freeway Flyer & UBUS Riders

Pertains to customers who Ride ONLY local streets on a Freeway Flyer Route

Effective Monday, September 29, 2014, the Milwaukee County Transit System will be implementing a new policy that will require any person riding on a Freeway Flyer route – even just a short segment of the route- to pay the Freeway Flyer fare.

This will NOT affect most riders and fares are NOT changing. Riders will still pay with a valid pass (i.e. CVP, U-PASS), Weekly/Monthly pass with cash premium, or the cash fare of $3.25 adult/$1.60 reduced.

In the past, MCTS was able to accommodate riders who rode Freeway Flyers for just a short distance by charging them a regular local fare ($2.25 adult cash or $1.1.0 reduced). MCTS will no longer be able to provide this service.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation as we implement this policy.

Note: The $0.35 zone fare still applies for passengers who board or alight Route 79 in Waukesha County.

Wisconsin Avenue Bus Stops

To view a detailed map of stops on Wisconsin Avenue, please click here.