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MCTS regularly makes changes to routes to improve reliability while also prioritizing service where needs and demand are greatest. MCTS operates over 4,000 daily trips across Milwaukee County.

Service changes are made in December, March, June, and September in accordance with the agreement between MCTS and ATU 998 Bus Driver’s Union.


Winter Changes (December 4, 2022)

Our service goals for the Winter pick were as follows:

  • To improve reliability and to respond to feedback from drivers on bus schedules.
  • To return formerly detoured routes to their regular routing after the end of road construction.
  • To temporarily reduce the frequency of service on several routes due to the national worker shortage. These changes will help schedule reliability as MCTS works to build up the number of bus drivers. Routes will resume their regular frequency as driver staffing levels allow.
  • To modify routes in response to requests and feedback from riders.

 

Improved Reliability

The schedules for the following routes have been rewritten to improve reliability. 

BlueLine, GreenLine, PurpleLine, 11, 15, 21, 31, 34, 51, 53, 57, 58, 76

 

Routes with Detours Ending

The following routes have major construction detours ending.

14, 22, 35, 40U, 53, 60, 66

 

Driver Shortages & Budget Constraints

Service frequency on the following routes will be temporarily adjusted in response to bus driver shortages and budget constraints.

RedLine, 28, 30, 33, 34, 55, 57, 58, 88, 92

 

Respond to Rider Feedback​

The following routes were modified in response to feedback from riders (view additional information below).

76, 88

Route Changes

  • 76 – 76th Street
    • Buses on the northern end will no longer travel via Brown Deer Road, Servite Drive, and the roadway around the former Northridge mall (see map below). The routing will instead be straightened out to remain on 76th Street from Brown Deer Road to Glenbrook Road.
      • This change will provide faster service for residents travelling to the Northridge Lakes complex and makes the route easier to understand.
      • This change will also benefit passengers who use mobility devices by making it possible to use ADA compliant bus stops at 76th & Brown Deer. The existing bus stop at Servite & Brown Deer is non-compliant.
    • In addition, MCTS will improve the reliability of service to Greendale by increasing the amount of time in the schedule (see map below). The frequency of service will also be improved on weekdays (buses will arrive every 30 min. instead of 45 minutes). These changes will be incorporated in the Umo app.
  • 88 – Brown Deer Road
    • Bus service along Brown Deer between 76th and 85th will be eliminated. Buses will instead travel via Brown Deer, Glenbrook Road, Burbank Road, Fairy Chasm, and 85th Street back to Brown Deer in both directions (see map below).

Spring Changes 2023 (TBD)


Summer Changes 2023 (TBD)


Fall Changes 2023 (TBD)

Use the Trip Planning features on RideMCTS.com and the Umo app to find the routes that work best for you. With WisGo in the Umo App, planning your trip has never been easier. Just enter your destination, choose your route, and purchase your fare.