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MCTS Helps You Prep for Riding in Winter Weather


Milwaukee, WI - When winter weather strikes the area, MCTS provides service unless the roads are completely impassible. This usually only happens once a decade, but smaller delays can take place any time it snows.

Whether you are walking, driving or riding the bus, give yourself plenty of extra time to get around when conditions are a mess. These tips will help you manage the worst Mother Nature has to offer!

Look Before You Leave

  • Weather conditions can change very quickly. Before you head out to your bus stop, keep an eye on the updated forecast.
  • Track your bus in real-time with the Ride MCTS app or at RideMCTS.com. You can also call or text to get estimated bus arrival times.
  • Check the Service Alerts page at RideMCTS.com/alerts.
  • Follow @RideMCTS on Twitter to receive emergency alerts.

Waiting for and Boarding Buses in Ice and Snow

  • Beware that heavy snow and uncleared roads will likely lead to delays in service. Please be patient as our buses operate as safely as possible.
  • When roads are snowy or icy, MCTS drivers may not pull all the way to the curb to avoid getting stuck. Be careful when walking between the bus and the curb. Drivers will assist riders with mobility devices.
  • Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. 
  • Sidewalks are also slippery, so don’t run after a bus. Take your time and stay safe. Drivers will wait for you if they see you.
  • Before heading out the door, make sure your phone is charged and that you have warm clothing — don’t forget gloves and a hat!
  • Leave plenty of time to walk to your stop so you can get to where you need to go in a safe and timely manner.

Our goal is to keep everyone safe – both our drivers and riders alike. So even as things slow down, know that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to coordinate safe travel in difficult weather. Winter conditions require extra effort from all of us, and we appreciate your patience, understanding and preparedness.