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Final 2020 Milwaukee County Budget Includes Changes in MCTS Service


MILWAUKEE - The final 2020 Milwaukee County Budget was adopted by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on November 12, 2019 and signed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on November 18, 2019.

The transit-portion of the budget includes changes to MCTS service. Starting in January 2020, the following services will no longer operate:

  • Shuttle Route 17: Canal Street
    • The majority of passengers going to destinations in Menomonee Valley use Routes 80, 14, 27 and 35.  None of these routes will be changing.
    • In addition, Menomonee Valley Partners reports that Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is partnering with Lyft for a “last-mile” solution for its workers who used this route.
  • Shuttle Route 219: Oak Creek
    • Route 80 will continue to operate in this general area.
  • Shuttle Route 223: Park Place – Bradley Woods
  • Shuttle Route 276: Brown Deer
    • To help provide coverage in this area, MCTS is adjusting Route 12 beginning on January 5, 2020. Route 12’s service will operate on Brown Deer Road between 66th Street and Green Bay Road. Additionally, Route 12’s Hampton Avenue branch will extend to N. 124th Street in Butler, providing a new connection to Route 28 (108th Street).
  • Route 42U: 6th Street – Port Washington UBUS
    • MCTS is currently working with the Ozaukee County Transit Service (OCTS) and the Milwaukee Area Technical College to develop a plan that will help MATC North Campus students who are impacted by the change.

99.3 percent of current MCTS riders will not be impacted by the route changes listed above.

Several other bus routes and seasonal services that were considered for possible elimination are no longer ending thanks to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s budget recommendation and the County Board’s approval of a transit-related amendment.

Milwaukee County was ultimately able to avoid large-scale route cuts this year, but these temporary bandages will not help in the long-term. 

County Executive Abele and a group of local elected officials and business leaders recently announced plans to move forward and pursue a new partnership with the State. The proposed bill would allow Milwaukee County and local municipalities to pursue a binding referendum for a one percent local option sales tax that would be reinvested into the community. Click here to learn more about “Move Forward MKE.”

MCTS encourages anyone who shares our passion for transit to speak up on the need for a long-term funding solution. Please contact your elected officials to tell them how important public transportation is to you, your family, and your neighbors.