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MCTS regularly makes service changes to routes four times a year (typically December, March, June, and September). There are many reasons why changes are made, e.g., road construction / long-term detours, new commercial developments, and in response to how people use MCTS. MCTS needs to be efficient with its resources and allocates them accordingly based on ridership trends and route productivity. Ultimately, we want to provide service that is reliable, efficient and focused on best serving our community.

New schedules and maps will be available on buses and online starting the week of December 23. There will also be signage at affected bus stops with information for riders.

The following changes will begin January 5, 2020.

 

Routes with Minor Schedule Adjustments:

The following routes will have minor schedule adjustments that will make it easier for our drivers to run on schedule and get you to your destination as quickly as possible: 15, 22, 28, 30-30X, 31, 43, 51, 54, 56, 57, 60, 63, 143, GoldLine & RedLine.

 

Major Route Changes:

  • Route 12: Maintaining and Simplifying Service for Riders

    • Routing:

      • Route 12 will have two new improvements to service:
        • Teutonia Branch:
          • Buses will no longer operate one-way service on Florist Avenue, 43rd Street/Sherman Boulevard, Good Hope Road, and Teutonia Avenue. Buses will instead remain on Teutonia Avenue and provide two-way service all day.
          • Route 35 will be extended and replace Route 12 on 43rd Street/Sherman Boulevard and Good Hope Road to Teutonia Avenue (see Route 35 section below).
          • After serving the bus stop at Schroeder Drive, Route 12 service will be extended to provide new service on Brown Deer Road from Deerbrook Trail to 66th - Park Plaza (next to Family Dollar and Walmart).
        • Hampton Branch:
          • Buses will no longer operate on 92nd Street.
          • The Hampton Branch will continue on Hampton Avenue all the way to North 124th Street in Butler. This improves bus service west of 92nd Street and adds a connection to Route 28 at Mayfair Road-Lovers Lane Road.
    • Destination Signs:
      • Look for new destination signs before boarding Route 12.
        • Trips for Brown Deer will now read “12 to Brown Deer” and “12 to Walmart-66th.”
        • Trips for Hampton will now read “12 to Hampton-124th.”
    • Bus Stop Changes:
      • Teutonia Branch:
        • The stops at Teutonia & Vienna will be removed in both directions. Please use the stops at either Nash or Melvina.
        • Stops along Florist and 43rd/Sherman will no longer be served by Route 12.
        • Stops on Green Bay Road north of Schroeder Drive will no longer be served by Route 12.

Blue Line = Routing
Green Icons = New Stops
Red Icons = Removed Stops

 

  • Route 14: Making Service Faster
    • Route 14 southbound buses will no longer operate on Muskego Avenue and Bow Street. Buses will simply remain on Cesar Chavez Drive.
    • A new bus stop will be added on Cesar Chavez Drive south of Greenfield Avenue (next to the Clark gas station).

Blue Line = Routing
Green Icons = New Stops
Red Icons = Removed Stops

 

  • Route 35: Expanding Service for Riders and Improving Drivers’ Access to Restrooms
    • Routing:
      • The northern end of Route 35 will be extended via Sherman Boulevard / 43rd Street and Good Hope Road to Teutonia Avenue (next to Walgreens). Buses will provide two-way service all-day and replace the one-way service provided by Route 12.
        • The destination sign on the bus will read “35 to Good Hope”.
      • In addition, Route 35 will provide new service to the Aurora Health Center / Pharmacy at 3003 W. Good Hope. Buses will operate during main clinic hours on weekdays and Saturdays.
        • The destination sign on these buses will read “35 to Good Hope” and “35 via Aurora”
      • The southern end of Route 35 will be changed to operate via Morgan Avenue, Point Terrace, and Loomis Road to a new layover near Howard Avenue next to Speedway.
    • Bus Stop Changes:
      • A new stop has been added at Good Hope & 3003 W. (#8475) at the Aurora Health Center.

Blue Line = Routing
Green Icons = New Stops
Red Icons = Removed Stops

  • Route 55: Improving Service Efficiency and Drivers’ Access to Restrooms
    • Eastbound Route 55 buses will begin alternating between the layover at Lake Drive / Kelly Senior Center and a new endpoint at Kinnickinnic Avenue & Lipton Avenue.
      • Buses to Kinnickinnic & Lipton will operate via Packard Avenue, Plankinton Avenue, and Kinnickinnic Avenue. These buses will layover next to Citgo.
      • The destination sign on these buses will read “55 to Kinnickinnic”.

Blue Line = Routing
Green Icons = New Stops

 

  • Route 80: Making Service Faster and More Frequent
    • Route 80 has been reconfigured in Oak Creek to improve efficiency and frequency.
      • After serving Drexel Town Square, buses will no longer operate on Forest Hill and Liberty Avenue nor the one-way loop via Puetz, Shepard and Centennial.
      • Buses will instead remain on Howell Avenue until the layover on Centennial Avenue next to Target.
      • After the layover, buses will operate via Sunnyview, Woodcreek, and Puetz back to Howell.
      • In addition, Saturday and Sunday service will be improved from approximately 30 minutes on 6th Street and 60 minutes on Hopkins Avenue and Villard Avenue to 23 minutes on 6th Street and 45 minutes on Hopkins Avenue and Villard Avenue.

Blue Line = Routing
Green Icons = New Stops (
stars = weekday-only service & triangles = weekend-only service)
Red Icons = Removed Stops

 

  • Route 143: Improving Service Efficiency
    • Route 143 will no longer serve the Grafton Park & Ride Lot or Port Washington Park & Ride Lot in order to improve efficiency.
    • The Saukville Walmart, Grafton Commons/Costco, Cedarburg Park & Ride Lot and Port Washington Road in Mequon will still be served.

Blue Line = Routing
Red Icons = Removed Stops

 

  • PurpleLine: Improving Service Efficiency
    • PurpleLine buses to College - Walmart will now operate solely on 27th Street instead of using Ramsey Avenue, 35th Street, and College Avenue to return to 27th.
    • Buses to IKEA will operate via Ramsey, 35th, College, and 27th instead of solely using 27th Street.
    • The frequency of service will also be increased to College – Walmart, while the number of trips to IKEA will be reduced.
    • Look for new destination signs before getting on buses.
      • Trips for College-Walmart will now read “Purple to College-Walmart.”
      • Trips for IKEA will now read “Purple via 35th Street” and “Purple to IKEA.”

 

Other Bus Stop Changes:

  • Route 31:

    • The westbound, nearside stop at Highland & N. 35th (#2745) has been removed. Please use the farside stop at Highland & N. 35th (#4231) instead.

Green Icons = New Stops
Red Icons = Removed Stops

 

  • Route 43:
    • After exiting the Hales Corners Park & Ride Lot in the morning, Route 43 buses will operate via Highway 100 and Layton Avenue in order to better access I-894 at Forest Home Avenue.
    • During the afternoon, buses will exit I-894 at Forest Home Avenue and travel via Layton and Highway 100 to the Hales Corners Park & Ride Lot.
    • New bus stops will be added on Layton Avenue in front of the 84 South shopping center.
      • Eastbound:
        • A stop at Layton & Supreme (#3872) has been added.
      • Westbound:
        • A stop at Layton & Hawk (#4693) has been added.

Blue Line = Routing
Green Icons = New Stops

 

  • Route 57:
    • To speed up service and improve operation through downtown, some lightly-used bus stops have been removed.
    • These impacted stops are within a one block walk of other bus stops, which will remain.
      • King Drive & Galena Street – The nearest bus stop is at Walnut Street
      • Water Street & Knapp Street - The nearest bus stop is at Juneau Avenue
      • Water Street & Kilbourn Avenue - The nearest bus stops are at State Street and Wells Street
      • Water Street & Mason Street - The nearest bus stop is at Wells Street

Red Icons = Removed Stops

 

Route Eliminations:

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:

  • Route 17 (Canal Street):
    • The majority of passengers going to destinations in Menomonee Valley use Routes 80, 14, 35 and PurpleLine. None of these routes will be changing.
    • Menomonee Valley Partners reports that Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is partnering with Lyft for a “last-mile” solution for its workers who used this route.
  • Route 42U (6th Street - Port Washington Road 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.
  • Route 219 (Oak Creek Shuttle):
    • Route 80 provides all day service on 6th Street between Rawson Avenue and Drexel Avenue.
  • Route 223 (Park Place – Bradley Woods Shuttle):
    • There is no replacement for service at this time. The BlueLine and Route 23 will continue to operate to Park Place & Liberty and 91st & Calumet, respectively.
  • Route 276 (Brown Deer Shuttle):
    • To help provide coverage in this area, MCTS is adjusting Route 12 beginning on January 5, 2020. Route 12 will provide new service on Brown Deer Road between Deerbrook Trail and 66th Street. Additionally, Route 12’s Hampton Avenue branch will extend to N. 124th Street in Butler, providing a new connection to Route 28 (108th Street). See Route 12’s section for additional details.