Service Alerts

Detour Route 76 via 68th - 68th Street Closed - May 28 (for 3 weeks)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
DURATION: 3 Weeks
AFFECTED AREA: 68th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Becher Street

Due to gas main installation work on 68th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Becher Street the Route 76 via 68th both directions will detour as follows:  

Route 76 via 68th
Northbound
:
  • Continue west on Lincoln Avenue
  • North (right) on 71st Street
  • East (right) on Becher Street
  • North (left) on 68th Street to regular route

UBUSes Not Running During Summer Break - May 26

Please note that UBUSes only run during the spring & fall semesters. This includes Routes 40U, 42U, 44U & 49U.

Route 15 Detour - Broadway Bridge Closed - June 1 - June 12

EFFECTIVE DATE: Monday, June 1, 2015
DURATION: June 1st through June 12th (12 days)
 AFFECTED AREA: Broadway Bridge over the Milwaukee River

Due to the painting and repair project on the Broadway Bascule Bridge over the Milwaukee River, the Route 15 will detour as follows:

Northbound:
• Continue north on 1st Street/ Water Street 

• Southeast (right) on Erie Street
• Northeast (left) on Young Street
• North (left) on Milwaukee Street to regular route

Southbound: 
  • Northwest (right) on Erie Street
  • South (left) on Water Street/ 1st street to regular route

GoldLine Free Ride Zone on Bluemound & Wisconsin - May 26 - Until Further Notice

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
DURATION: Until further notice
EFFECTIVE 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. 

• With the closing of the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge, drivers 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 need a transfer when boarding in this area, you can pay on the bus you are transferring to.

Route 67 Detour - 92nd Street Closed - May 18 (7 months)

DATE: Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
DURATION: 7 Months        
AFFECTED AREA: 92nd Street under I-94 

Due to opening of 95th Street and Bluemound Road for the Zoo Interchange Project but with the continued closure of 92nd Street between Bluemound Road and Schlinger Avenue, the Route 67 Via 92nd Street trips will now detour as follows:

Northbound:
  • East (right) on Schlinger Avenue
  • North (left) on 84th Street
  • West (left) on Bluemound Road
  • North (right) on 95th Street
  • East (right) on Wisconsin Avenue to regular route

Southbound:
  • West (right) on Wisconsin Avenue
  • South (left) on 95th Street
  • East (left) on Bluemound Road
  • South (right) on 84th Street
  • West (right) on Schlinger Avenue
  • South (left) on 92nd Street to regular route  

**The free ride zone stop at 92nd and Bluemound will be move to the nearside stop**

Route 21 Detour - North Avenue Closed - May 18 (6 months)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Monday, May 18, 2015
DURATION: 6 Months
AFFECTED AREA: North Avenue between 30th and 31st Streets

Due to North Avenue being closed for the construction of a new railroad bridge, the Route 21 will detour as follows:

Eastbound:
  • South (right) on 32nd Street
  • East (left) on Lisbon Avenue
  • North (left) on 27th Street
  • East (right) on North Avenue to regular route
Westbound:
  • South (left) on 27th Street
  • West (right) on Lisbon Avenue
  • North (right) on 32nd Street
  • West (left) on North Avenue to regular route

Route 89 Layover Relocated - May 15

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
DURATION: Permanent
AFFECTED AREA: Lunham Ave, just east of Swift Ave.

Effective immediately, the Route 89 layover has been relocated to Westbound Lunham Avenue, just west of the St. Francis High School driveway. Please continue to service the stop at the high school, then proceed to the new stop on Lunham to layover.

Routes 15, 48 & 88 detour due to the Packard Avenue Reconstruction Project - May 4 (6 months)

Effective Monday, May 4, 2015, Routes 15, 48 & 88 will detour for approximately six months due to the Packard Avenue Reconstruction Project on Packard Avenue between Cudahy Avenue and Pulaski Avenue.

Until further notice, the Route 15, 48 & 88 will detour as follows:

Route 15:

Northbound:             

  • East (right) on Pulaski Avenue
  • North (left) on Kirkwood Avenue
  • West (left) on Layton Avenue
  • North (right) on Kingan Avenue
  • West (left) on Plankinton Avenue to regular route

Southbound:

  • South (right) on Kingan Avenue
  • East (left) on Layton Avenue
  • South (right) on Kirkwood Avenue
  • West (right) on Pulaski Avenue
  • South (left) on Packard Avenue to regular route

Route 48

Northbound AM trips:

  • East (right) on Pulaski Avenue
  • North (left) on Kirkwood Avenue
  • West (left) on Cudahy Avenue
  • North (right) on Packard Avenue to regular route

Routes 44, 44U & 76 via 76th Street Back to Regular Routing - May 11

ATTENTION PASSENGERS OF ROUTES 44, 44U & 76

Effective Monday, May 11th, 76th Street between Main Street and Greenfield Avenue will be reopening and the Routes 44, 44U & 76 via 76th Street will be returning to regular routing.

Route 57 Bus Stop Temporarily Discontinued - May 7

EFFECTIVE DATE: Thursday, May 7, 2015
DURATION: Until Further Notice
AFFECTED AREA: Michigan Street @ 2nd Street

Until further notice, the Route 57 eastbound stop on Michigan Street at 2nd Street has been discontinued due to construction.

GreenLine Bus Stop Temporarily Moved - May 6

EFFECTIVE DATE: Wednesday, May 6th
DURATION: Until Further Notice
AFFECTED AREA: Oakland Avenue @ Wood Place & Olive Street

Due to building construction and long term sidewalk closure, the southbound GreenLine stop at Oakland Avenue and Wood Place has been temporarily moved a block north to Olive Street. 

ATTENTION STUDENT PASSENGERS - Please Read Carefully

This is a reminder to all students that the U-PASS program ends for the semester on May 22nd. This date will be the last day you will receive unlimited bus service from MCTS unless you enroll in summer classes.

You can still choose to use your U-PASS as a regular M•CARD all summer long to travel to work, restaurants and events. Just load it with a 1-, 7- or a 31-day pass or Stored Value of any amount between $2 and $50 up to $100. The M•CARD offers a discounted rate compared to paying cash ($1.75 vs $2.25).  Graduating students and those not returning next year can hold on to their cards to load value on them as well.  

Returning students should hold onto their M•CARD to use in the fall semester when the U-PASS program starts up again.  Important Note - if you lose your pass you will need to buy a new one in the fall.

If you have any questions please call or email your school’s U-PASS Office.

GreenLine May Be Impacted During Reconstruction of Howell Avenue - April 13

The reconstruction of Howell Avenue between Howard & Layton, funded by the City of Milwaukee and WisDOT, is set to begin on April 13, 2015.

Stage one: The GreenLine will continue to operate as normal on South Howell Avenue in the southbound, two-way traffic lanes.

Stage two: The GreenLine will continue to operate as normal  on South Howell Avenue in the northbound, two-way traffic lanes.

During both of these phases, bus stops will be maintained in the area. However, if and when the construction prevents passengers from loading at the corners, the bus stops will be moved to the medians.

Temporary instruction signs will be posted at affected stops by WisDOT when these times occur to avoid confusion.

Route 80 Detour - Construction at Drexel Town Square - March 22

EFFECTIVE DATES: Sunday March 22, 2015
DURATION: Until further notice
AFFECTED AREA: Town Square Way between 6th Street and Susan Drive
                        
Due to construction in the new Drexel Town Square development, the Route 80 will detour as follows:

Southbound:
    •    East (left) on Drexel Avenue
    •    South (right) on Howell Avenue to regular route
    
Northbound:
    •    Continue north on Howell Avenue to Drexel Avenue
    •    West (left) on Drexel Avenue
    •    North (right) on 6th Street to regular route

Zoo Interchange Ramp Closures to Create Potential Delays - March 9

Due to the ramp closures in the Zoo Interchange beginning Monday, March 9th, many of our buses may experience delays because of increased traffic detouring of other vehicles. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information on the closures and alternative routes, follow the link below from the DOT: http://bit.ly/WisDOTZoo

Several Route 30X Bus Stops Added - March 5

Effective immediately, the following 30X stops have been added:

•    Prospect at Royall (northbound) & Farwell at Royall (southbound)
•    Prospect at Curtis (northbound) & Farwell at Albion (southbound)
•    Maryland at Bradford (northbound & southbound)
•    Jackson at State (southbound)

PurpleLine stops added to 27th Street at KK River Parkway

Effective immediately, north and southbound PurpleLine stops have been added on south 27th Street at KK River Parkway.

PurpleLine stops added to 27th Street at KK River Parkway - March 5

Effective immediately, north and southbound PurpleLine stops have been added on south 27th Street at KK River Parkway.

Important U-PASS Reminder

Attention College Student U-PASS Smart Card Holders:

Your U-PASS smart card provides unlimited bus ridership during the current semester. The pass is for YOUR use only. You are required to show your college ID to the bus driver after touching your pass to the farebox. Selling of your U-PASS to another person is in violation of the agreement you’ve made with your college. If your college finds you are in violation of this agreement, strict disciplinary action will be taken.


IMPORTANT M∙CARD TIPS

  • “Not enough remaining” =  Your card does not have enough money on it.
  • “Card not valid” = You’ve tapped too fast – please retry your card.
  • STUDENTS: Remember to show your ID!
  • Only tap your card twice on the farebox if it isn’t working. More is not necessary.
  • Cards are free! Get yours now: http://bit.ly/1DVNM0I
  • You only need to get one card. More cards are not necessary.
  • If you do already have two cards for some reason, take your card you want to use out of your wallet. Having two next to one another will result in our farebox not reading the fare correctly.

Route 56 Detour - January 19, 2015

Effective Monday, January 19, 2015 until further notice, due to the Greenfield Avenue bridge being closed over I-43/94 between 4th & 5th Streets, the Route 56 will detour as follows:

Westbound: West (left) on Lapham Blvd, north (right) on 6th Street, west (left) on Greenfield Avenue  to regular route.  Look for temporary stop added on Greenfield at 6th. 

Eastbound: South (right) on 5th Street, east (left) on Lapham Blvd, southeast (right) on Kinnickinnic Avenue to regular route.

If you normally catch the Route 56 bus at the stops within this detour zone, please go to one of the following stops:

Westbound: 1st and Kinnickinnic
Westbound:
(Temporary stop at) 6th & Greenfield
Eastbound:
5th & Greenfield
Eastbound:
Kinnickinnic & Mitchell

Please watch for signs in the area.


Route 40, 43, 46 AM Inbound Flyers Detour due to 1-794 Ramp Closures - Dec. 15th

DATE: Monday December 15, 2014                        
DURATION: Until further notice
AFFECTED AREA: I-794 eastbound, east of Plankinton Avenue
    
Due to all of the eastbound downtown exit ramps (east of Plankinton Avenue) closing  for the Hoan Bridge Project, the 40,43,46 AM inbound flyer trips will detour as follows:

Route 40,43,46 AM Inbound Flyer Trips  
    •    North on I-94/ I-43 to the Becher Street exit 312 A
    •    East (right) on Becher/ Bay Streets
    •    South (right) on access road (at Lenox Street) to Lincoln Avenue Viaduct (follow the westbound I-794 signs)
    •    East on Lincoln Avenue Viaduct
    •    South (right) on Lincoln Memorial Drive
    •    West (right) on Carferry Drive (follow the westbound I-794 signs)
    •    North (right) on I-794 west to Downtown
    •    Exit Lincoln Memorial Drive/ Michigan Street 1F
    •    West (left) on Michigan Avenue
    •    North (right) on Cass Street to regular route

Route 44 Westbound PM Flyers May Experience Delays

DATE: Effective 12/9/2014    
DURATION: Until further notice
AFFECTED AREA: I-94 Westbound at 68th Street                            
   
Due to I-94 Westbound lanes being reduced to two lanes for the Zoo Interchange Core Project at 68th Street, the Route 44 PM Flyer Trips may experience heavy traffic delays. If the freeway is backed up the detour is as follows: 

Route 44 Westbound PM Flyers
    •    Continue west on Wisconsin Ave at 17th Street
    •    South (left) on 76th Street to regular route

Route 79 Westbound PM Flyers Detour For 1-94 Congestion

DATE: Monday December 8, 2014      

DURATION: Until further notice
AFFECTED AREA:
I-94 Westbound at 68th Street                           

Due to I-94 Westbound lanes being reduced to two lanes for the Zoo Interchange Core Project at 68th Street, the Route 79 PM Flyer Trips may experience heavy traffic delays. If the freeway is backed up the detour is as follows: 

Route 79 Westbound PM Flyers

  • West on I-94
  • Exit Hwy 41 North 308 C
  • North on Hwy 41
  • Northwest (Left) on Lisbon Avenue
  • West (Left) on Burleigh Street to regular route

Routes 23 & 223 Detour Granville -Calumet

Effective Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Routes 23 and 223 will reverse the direction of their Granville-Calumet "loop". The Routes 23 and 223 will detour as follows:

Route 23 Northbound-+
  • Regular route north to Good Hope Road
  • West (L) to Granville Road
  • North (r) on Granville Road (just north of Everts Street)
Route 23 Southbound
  • North on Granville Road to Calumet Road
  • East (R) to 91st Street
  • South (R) on 91st Street to regular route
Route 223 Eastbound Only
  • Regular route to 91st and Calumet
  • South (L) on 91st to Good Hope Road
  • West (R) to Granville Road
  • North (R) to Granville Road

 

Route 44U Passenger Note

Attention 44U Passengers Only
Please note that after 6 pm, our service operates its whole regularly scheduled route (not just between UWM and 84th & Greenfield).

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.

Updated RS Route Timetables (RS1, RS2 & RS3)

Effective Tuesday September 8th, 2014, Times for many of the RS routes have changed.

AFFECTED ROUTES: RS1 Southbound via Green Line, RS2 Westbound via Route 22, RS3 Eastbound via Route 60, RS3 Westbound via Route 60

Please see the following for the updated Route RS timetables:

 
RS1 Southbound via Green Line

Riverside

10000

Oakland @ North

1411

Water @ Wisconsin

632

Kinnickinnic @ Mitchell

2776

2:58

3:04

3:19

3:29

 

RS2 Westbound via Route 22

Riverside

10000

Center @ Holton

3747

Center @ Teutonia

268

Center @ 35th

3764

Center @ 60th

3777

2:58

3:04

3:13

3:23

3:32

 

 
RS3 Eastbound via Route 60

Burleigh @ 106th

5853

Burleigh @ 76th

5868

Burleigh @ 35th

5886

Burleigh @ 20th

5893

Humbolt @ Locust

4536

Kenwood @ Stowell

2536

6:40

6:47

6:59

7:04

7:16

7:24

 

RS3 Westbound via Route 60

Riverside


10000

Humbolt @ Locust

5779

Burleigh @ 20th


5795

Burleigh @ 35th


5802

Burleigh @ 76th


5821

Burleigh @ 106th


5836

Mayfair


4111

2:58

3:03

3:17

3:23

3:35

3:41

3:46

 

Route 88 Schedule Change

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE INFORMATION: Route 88 will operate the schedule below. The times just changed to better fit the school's schedule. AM times on printed schedules are NOT correct, but in the process of being updated. 


Notes:

B = Leaves from Allerton & Hatley 5 minutes before time shown.

C =  Operates only on Tuesday when school has late start.

Special Message Regarding School Routes

Please note Routes 50, 85, 87, 88 and 89 ONLY operate while school is in session.

Wisconsin Avenue Bus Stops

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