Bus Rapid Transit

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and Milwaukee County are exploring a 9-Mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Route.

The planned nine-mile, regional, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route connecting major employment, education and recreation destinations through downtown Milwaukee, Marquette University, Milwaukee’s Near West Side, Wauwatosa and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.

This first-of-its-kind project in Wisconsin will provide improved access to the region’s most vital, most traveled and most congested corridor.

In September of 2017, MCTS submitted an updated funding application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Assuming funding is approved, construction would start in 2019 and service would begin in 2021.

The BRT project has a dedicated website with more information and ways to provide feedback. 

Click here to visit EastWestBRT

What People Are Saying

It was good to see the new report that found a proposed $45 million east-west bus rapid transit line in the Milwaukee area would also generate an economic boom for the region. We believe aldermen should approve this project — it is an important component, along with improving freeways, to improve the transit system that is vital to drawing economic development to the region.

  • Milwaukee Business Journal Editorial

The east-west corridor BRT is an opportunity to start a high-quality regional transit system and transform Wisconsin Avenue into a true Main Street for Milwaukee.

  • Robert J. Schneider, associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For the 20 years I worked at Children's Hospital of Milwaukee, I was aware that many of our families lived in the central city and struggled to get to the hospital. This seems like a godsend to these families and other who use Froedtert and CHW. For people with limited vision and unable to drive, this gets them to the Eye Institute as well. Great work!

  • Jan from Milwaukee

New BRT service introduced into other cities increased ridership by as much as 67 percent, and could be particularly helpful to the disability community, which disproportionately does not drive or have access to a personal vehicle to get to work, school, medical appointments and other critical locations. This BRT project has the potential to remarkably improve those people’s lives. 

  • Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities 

​The East-West BRT service would advance the build out of the planned multi-modal transportation network. It would elevate a diversity of neighborhoods along the route and support the region’s top employment centers and world-class educational, cultural and entertainment destinations. 

  • Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee

We see the BRT as improving the efficiency of transit travel in this corridor in the long term and ensuring more employment options are accessible to residents living along the BRT corridor.

  • Menomonee Valley Partners