MCTS NEXT is rolling out in 2021! For the latest updates, visit Below is archived information from the three-year process that led to this exciting time. Thank you to everyone who engaged with us and helped shape our plans to improve the MCTS system!

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What is MCTS NEXT?

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Redesigning routes for the future of transit in Milwaukee County. 

MCTS NEXT is a new way of looking at transit. We’re examining how we can provide faster service with more connections and increased accessibility. We’re also looking at making transit easier to use. 

At its core, MCTS NEXT is about creating more high frequency bus routes. By increasing transit service in busy corridors, we can help more people get to work, school and everywhere they are going faster and easier.



Check out how MCTS NEXT works

MCTS NEXT Fact Sheet

See the impact of redesigns in other cities

Benefits of Redesigning Routes 

Current riders


Buses come more often


Less waiting when transferring between routes


Shorter overall travel times for many trips

Milwaukee Community


More residents will have access to a bus route that arrives every 15 minutes (or better)


A new network of frequent bus routes will be easier for riders to understand


Frequent routes cost MCTS significantly less to operate per passenger, ensuring taxpayer money is spent wisely

Expanding High Frequency Service


The animated GIFs below serve as a visual aide to clearly compare where service is changing in MCTS NEXT and to show the expansion of High Frequency service across Milwaukee County.

Entire System Comparison:

High Frequency Network Comparison:

High Frequency Connections:


What are the goals of MCTS NEXT?

By comprehensively reviewing the network, MCTS will understand how to better serve our existing and potential riders. The program will provide more frequent service on busy corridors, more connections overall and better accessibility for more riders than we do today. More high frequency bus routes reduce travel times for current riders and attract new riders. 

How much does it cost?

MCTS NEXT is a reimagining of the MCTS route network using current budget constraints. For the purposes of this project, we do not anticipate any additional funding. However we do assume that future budgets will allow us to continue to offer at least the same amount of service we do today. 

Will MCTS NEXT make my trip shorter?

The goal of MCTS NEXT is to speed up travel times on the vast majority of trips taken.

How does the plan address the Park and Ride System

The focus on MCTS NEXT is the seven day a week fixed route service that comprises 90% of MCTS service. Freeway Flyers, UBUSes, and Summerfest and State Fair service are not part of the analysis. 

How does the plan address ParaTransit services?

MCTS ParaTransit services will remain unchanged as a result of the MCTS NEXT plan.