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Federal law requires wearing masks on board. There is currently a capacity limit of 20 passengers per bus. The MCTS Administration Building remains closed to visitors. Read more here.

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We're all on this ride together. Since the start of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has worked tirelessly to keep passengers and employees healthy while continuing to provide vital services that our community depends on. And we appreciate that you’re doing your part, too. You rely on us. We rely on you. It's a shared commitment to protecting each other and moving forward as a community.

Here's What You Can Do:

 

Wear a Mask

Get Vaccinated

Wash or Sanitize Hands

 

Cover Coughs & Sneezes

Use Contactless Fare

Avoid Close Contact

Here's What We're Doing:

MCTS buses go through an extra daily disinfection process using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended products. That’s in addition to the standard cleaning that vehicles receive on a regular basis.

 

MCTS requires that all passengers and employees wear a face mask or cloth that covers their nose and mouth while on board buses or inside our facilities.

 

MCTS has equipped every bus in the fleet with a dispenser to provide free masks for passengers (one per passenger, while supplies last) as well as a hand sanitizer pump.

MCTS is currently permitting a maximum of 20 passengers on a bus at any given time. This helps riders and employees follow social distancing guidelines.

 

MCTS is using all available communication channels — including digital platforms, advertisements, press releases, and on-bus audio announcements and signage to inform riders and employees of important COVID-19 related information.

MCTS provides disinfectant wipes to bus drivers to ensure that they can clean their workspace throughout the day. We are also providing PPE like masks, hand sanitizer and gloves to employees.

 

 

Each of our facilities (stations, garages and administrative offices) are thoroughly cleaned regularly. We’ve installed signage across our work locations to offer reminders and important information.

The MCTS Administration Building, 1942 N. 17th Street, is currently closed to visitors. Our team is serving customers and visitors remotely and by appointment.

The Latest

Summary of Current Service:

  • Buses that run Mondays-Fridays are using a regular weekday schedule.
  • All Freeway Flyer service is suspended.
  • Weekend schedules remain unchanged with one exception; Route 137 is not operating to the House of Correction.
  • UBUS routes have resumed operation (when school is in session).
  • The MCTS Administration Building, 1942 N. 17th Street, is closed to visitors. Customers are being served remotely and by appointment.

Summary of Current Policies and Best Health Practices:

  • Federal law requires wearing masks on board public transit.
  • A maximum of 20 passengers are allowed on a bus at any given time.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with others whenever possible.
  • Limit unneccesary conversations and interactions with the bus driver and other passengers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, then wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible!

Summary of Steps MCTS is Taking:

  • MCTS buses go through an extra daily disinfection process using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended products. That’s in addition to the standard cleaning that vehicles receive on a regular basis.
  • A maximum of 20 passengers are allowed on a bus at any given time.
  • MCTS encourages riders to use contactless fare payment methods (like the M-CARD or Ride MCTS App) rather than paying with cash.
  • MCTS is using all available communication channels -- including digital platforms, advertisements, press releases, and on-bus audio announcements and signage -- to inform riders and employees of steps they can take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (proper hygiene tips, etc.).
  • Masks or face coverings are required on all MCTS buses.
  • MCTS provides disinfectant wipes to bus drivers to ensure that they can clean their workspace throughout the day. We are also providing personal protectice equipment (PPE) like masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves to employees.
  • MCTS has closed its MCTS Administration Building, 1942 N. 17th Street, to visitors. Customers are being served remotely and by appointment.
  • Each of our facilities (stations, garages and administration offices) are thoroughly cleaned regularly. MCTS is following the CDC guidelines to protect workers found here.
Tips for Safe Riding
  • If you ever see a bus that seems too crowded for your comfort level, consider waiting for the next bus to arrive.
  • Sometimes there is gridlock at the front door as passengers exit while others are boarding and trying to pay their fare. To help prevent this from happening, please remember to enter through the front door, pay your fare, then find a seat. When it’s time to exit, please use the rear door only (unless you need assistance with a mobility device or other ADA accommodation).
  • Social distancing means putting as much extra space between yourself and others. Try using staggered seating on buses. When possible, consider choosing a window seat so that you’re not directly along the aisle. Avoid sitting directly next to someone whenever possible.
  • Please respect the personal space of your bus driver and fellow passengers. This includes avoiding unnecessary conversation and interaction.
  • Consider using contactless fare payment methods (like the M-CARD or Ride MCTS App) rather than paying with cash. This helps ensure a fast, touch-free experience while boarding.
  • When possible, consider riding the bus during non-peak times. Our highest ridership generally occurs on weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The routes with the highest ridership are: PurpleLine, BlueLine, Route 30, RedLine, Route 15, and GreenLine.
Frequently Asked Questions

Why haven’t you shut down the bus system during the pandemic?

Public transportation is considered ‘essential infrastructure’ by federal, state and local officials. Transit agencies like MCTS provide a critical service to people who depend on the bus to get to and from essential jobs and important destinations like hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores.

What kind of schedule are you running on weekdays?

Buses that run Mondays-Fridays have resumed using a regular weekday schedule. Freeway Flyer service is still suspended.

Do I have to pay fare?

Yes. MCTS resumed fare collection and front door boarding on all buses on June 1, 2020. 

Are buses crowded?

A maximum of 20 passengers are allowed on a bus at any given time. Remember, if you ever see a bus that seems too crowded for your personal comfort, you can choose to wait for the next one.

Are passengers required to wear masks while on board?

A federal mask mandate took effect on February 2, 2021 requiring anyone traveling on public transit nationwide to wear a mask. This Federal law reinforces MCTS’s own policy, which has been in place for many months.

Who can I contact with questions about my unused Pass?

Please contact our Customer Service Center by phone at 414-937-3218 (Voice), 711 (TRS), or email "customerservice@mcts.org".

What has changed about the boarding/exiting process?

On June 1, all passengers resumed using the front door to board the bus. Previousky, riders entered and exited the bus through the back door only, unless they needed assistance with a mobility device or other ADA accommodation.

What are you doing to keep your passengers safe?

Please see the ‘Steps We’re Taking’ section of RideMCTS.com/Coronavirus for a listing of actions we’re taking to protect our passengers and employees.

What are you doing to keep your drivers safe?

Please see the ‘Steps We’re Taking’ section of RideMCTS.com/Coronavirus for a listing of actions we’re taking to protect our passengers and employees.

Are you able to provide your drivers with masks?

Yes, MCTS is providing masks and other equipment like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to drivers and other employees.

Do you have any information you can share about ridership during the pandemic?

Now more than ever, it’s clear that public transportation is essential. At the beginning of the pandemic, many of our riders used the bus only to get to and from work and other essential destinations like the grocery store, pharmacy and hospital. In May, we asked our riders to fill out a brief survey about their ridership habits during the pandemic. Click here to view the results.

At its lowest point at the start of the pandemic in early 2020, MCTS saw a decline in ridership of between 60-70%. In April 2020, ridership was down approx. 55%. In May 2020, ridership was down approximately 44%. Ridership has remained around 50% ever since.

If a bus has 20 passengers on board, but the accessible seating area is empty, can I board with my mobility device?

No, please wait for the next bus.

If I’m travelling with a PCA (Patient Care Assistant/Aide) and a bus has 19 passengers on it and pulls up to the stop, can the PCA ride with me or do we have to wait until the next bus?

Please wait for the next bus.

Can my PCA sit next to me on the bus or do we have to practice social distancing?

The CDC recommends that people leave as much space between each other as possible. However, the decision is ultimately yours.

If I’m taking the bus to work or to the doctor, do I get priority access to an available seat over someone who is riding to a non-essential destination?

We aren’t allowed to prioritize rides. Access to available seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We understand that this is an inconvenience, and we are doing everything we can to reduce the amount of time you have to wait for the next bus.

Are there designated seats to sit in order to properly maintain social distancing?

Not at this time. We encourage passengers to use 'staggered seating', which simply means leaving empty seats between each other. While the CDC recommends that you stay six feet from others, passengers are responsible for choosing somewhere to sit or stand that is as far away from others as possible.

Who can I contact for more information?

Many questions can be answered by visiting RideMCTS.com or by calling our 24/7 automated information hotline at 414-344-6711.

You can also contact our Customer Service Center by phone at 414-937-3218 (Voice), 711 (TRS), or email "customerservice@mcts.org". Representatives are available to answer your questions Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Customers may retrieve lost articles left on the bus by appointment only. Please contact Customer Service Center at 414-937-3218 to arrange pickup.

For questions regarding Transit Plus service, please call 414-343-1700 (Voice), 711 (TRS), or email tpcomments@mcts.org.

Archive of Press Releases

 

April 8, 2021: MCTS to Increase Capacity Limit Starting April 12

  • MCTS will increase its capacity limit from 15 to 20 passengers per bus starting Monday, April 12, 2021 — while still requiring the use of masks and encouraging best health practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more here

February 1, 2021: New Federal Law Requires Masks on Public Transportation

  • On February 1, 2021, a Federal mandate took effect that requires passengers to wear a mask that fully covers their mouth and nose while on board public transportation nationwide. This new Federal law reinforces the Milwaukee County Transit System's own policy, which has been in place for many months now. Read more here

August 13, 2020: MCTS to Adjust Passenger Limit Starting Friday, August 14

  • Due to high mask usage on buses and other efforts to mitigate risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, MCTS will adjust its passenger limit from 10 to 15 starting Friday, August 14. Read more here

July 23, 2020: MCTS to Require Masks On Buses Starting August 1

  • Masks or face coverings will be required on MCTS buses starting Saturday, August 1. This is the latest step MCTS is taking to help ensure that all residents have the opportunity to travel around Milwaukee County safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

May 26, 2020: MCTS to Resume Fare Collection on June 1

  • MCTS will resume fare collection and front door boarding on all buses starting June 1, 2020. To help maintain social distancing, MCTS will continue to limit riders to 10 per bus. Click here to read more.

May 14, 2020: Despite 'Safer at Home' Order Changes, All Current MCTS Policies Remain in Effect

  • You may have seen a lot of news recently about state and local ‘Safer at Home’ orders. Please note that all of our current COVID-19 related policies and procedures remain in effect until further notice. Click here to read more.

April 20, 2020: MCTS Recommends Wearing Masks or Face Coverings

  • MCTS recommends that all passengers wear a face mask or cloth that covers your nose and mouth, while on board our buses. Click here to read more.

April 13, 2020: MCTS Resumes Weekday Schedule

  • MCTS buses that run Mondays through Fridays have resumed using a regular weekday schedule. All Freeway Flyer service, UBUS service, and ‘school trips’ are still suspended. Click here to read more.

April 8, 2020: MCTS Limits Number of Riders Per Bus

  • Starting Thursday, April 9 and lasting until further notice, a maximum of 10 passengers will be allowed on a bus at any given time.  Click here to read more.

March 26, 2020: MCTS Suspends Fare Collection

  • Starting Saturday, March 28 and lasting until further notice, MCTS is suspending fare collection and informing riders that they must enter and exit the bus through the back door only, unless they need assistance with a mobility device or other ADA accommodation. Suspending fare collection limits the interaction between passengers and bus drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember, only ride the bus if you HAVE to. Read more here.

March 20, 2020: Reduced Service

  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, MCTS buses that run on weekdays are now using a Saturday schedule. This reduction in service includes the suspension of all Freeway Flyer routes. Read more here.

March 19, 2020: Admin Building Closed

  • In an effort to focus on public safety and help prevent further community spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is closing its MCTS Administration Building - 1942 North 17th Street - to visitors effective at 4:30 p.m. on March 19, 2020, lasting until further notice. Click here to read more.

March 16, 2020: Limit Non-Essential Travel

  • MCTS requests that riders limit their non-essential bus travel until further notice. For those who must travel out of necessity, please click here to read more about ‘social distancing’ and steps you can take to limit your interactions with the bus driver and help prevent the spread of the virus while on the bus.

March 13, 2020: Help Stop the Spread

  • MCTS remains fully operational. Riders can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the recommendations of health officials – including leaving plenty of distance between yourself and others. Click here to read more.

March 11, 2020: Extra Cleaning

  • MCTS has proactively implemented an extra daily disinfection process on all buses using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended cleaning products. That’s in addition to the standard cleaning our vehicles receive on a regular basis. Click here to read more.
Employee COVID-19 Cases

MCTS is closely monitoring the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and following guidance from the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD)* to proactively implement measures that help protect the safety of our employees and customers. In the interest of protecting our employees' medical privacy, we treat health information in strict confidence. MCTS and Milwaukee County will not release names or any other personal information that may compromise the privacy of any member of our workforce.

Any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among MCTS employees who have direct contact with the public will be identified in the table below, which will be updated as necessary. MCTS has more than 1,000 employees and there is no evidence of the virus being widespread among the workforce. The MHD has asserted that MCTS passengers are not considered to be 'at risk' from a bus operator who later tested positive for COVID-19, due to the driver’s shield, driver mask-wearing requirement and their minimal interaction. In addition, MCTS has been following the CDC Guidelines for Critical Infrastructure Employees regarding employees** who have had exposure to persons who test positive for COVID-19.

Recent Cases:

Position Work Location MCTS Notified Case Status Last Worked Employees in Close Contact* Close Contacts Notified* Disinfection Process Complete
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/19/20 On Leave 9/28/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/20/21 On Leave 12/31/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 2/18/21 On Leave 2/12/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/16/21 On Leave 4/11/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/21/21 On Leave 4/19/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/21/21 On Leave 4/20/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/22/21 On Leave 4/19/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 4/26/21 On Leave 4/26/21 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/27/21 On Leave 4/15/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/28/21 On Leave 4/22/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 4/28/21 On Leave 4/22/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/27/21 On Leave 4/22/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/29/21 On Leave 4/25/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 4/30/21 On Leave 4/26/21 No N/A Yes

 

Past Cases:

Position Work Location MCTS Notified Case Status Last Worked Employees in Close Contact* Close Contacts Notified* Disinfection Process Complete
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 3/20/20 Recovered & Back at Work 3/17/20 Yes (7) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Trainee Fond du Lac Station 3/25/20 Recovered & Back at Work 3/25/20 Yes (4) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/1/20 Recovered & Back at Work 3/20/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 5/6/20 Recovered & Back at Work 5/03/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 5/22/20 Recovered & Back at Work 4/29/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 6/2/20 Recovered & Back at Work 5/28/20 Yes (2) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 6/11/20 Recovered & Back at Work 6/5/20 Yes (2) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 6/26/20 Recovered & Back at Work 6/24/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/6/20 Recovered & Back at Work 6/30/20 Yes (7) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/6/20 Recovered & Back at Work 7/1/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/1/20 Recovered & Back at Work 6/30/20 Yes (2) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 7/9/20 Recovered & Back at Work 7/8/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 7/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 6/29/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/16/20 Recovered & Back at Work 7/9/20 Yes (3) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/24/20 Recovered & Back at Work 7/23/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/24/20 Recovered & Back at Work 7/24/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 7/27/20 Recovered & Back at Work 7/21/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 8/6/20 Recovered & Back at Work 8/1/20 Yes (4) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 8/11/20 Recovered & Back at Work 8/7/20 Yes (2) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 8/17/20 Recovered & Back at Work 8/14/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 8/19/20 Recovered & Back at Work 8/14/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/2/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/1/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/2/20 Recovered & Back at Work 9/26/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 9/30/20 Recovered & Back at Work 9/29/20 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/9/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/7/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/6/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/9/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/8/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/15/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/14/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/17/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/16/20 No N/A Yes  
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/16/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/5/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/21/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/15/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 10/28/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/22/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 10/28/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/25/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/28/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/22/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 10/26/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/21/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/3/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/2/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/2/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/29/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/5/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/31/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/5/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/30/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/9/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/29/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/9/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/6/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/9/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/6/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/12/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/6/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/12/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/6/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/12/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/7/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/12/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/5/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/17/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/14/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/17/20 Recovered & Back at Work 10/31/20 No N/A Yes
Platform Instructor Fond du Lac Station 11/17/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/16/20 Yes (2) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/19/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/11/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/23/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/16/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/23/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/19/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/23/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/19/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/24/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/12/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/24/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/19/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/25/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/18/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/25/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/24/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 11/30/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/25/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 11/30/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/25/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 12/1/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/25/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/2/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/20/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/2/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/30/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/3/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/1/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/3/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/1/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 12/4/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/28/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/6/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/2/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/2/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Trainee Kinnickinnic Station 12/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/4/20 Yes N/A Yes
Bus Operator Trainee Kinnickinnic Station 12/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/4/20 No N/A Yes
Admin Clerk Admin Building 12/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/4/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/7/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/19/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/14/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/8/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 12/16/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/12/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 12/17/20 Recovered & Back at Work 12/16/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 12/22/20 Recovered & Back at Work 11/16/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/4/21 Recovered & Back at Work 12/30/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/4/21 Recovered & Back at Work 12/29/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/5/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/2/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 1/7/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/5/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 1/7/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/3/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 1/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/8/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 12/31/20 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 1/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/8/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/7/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 1/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/5/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/18/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/14/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/18/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/15/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 1/18/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/16/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/26/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/25/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 1/27/21 Recovered & Back at Work 1/23/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 2/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 2/10/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 2/15/21 Recovered & Back at Work 2/12/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 2/23/21 Recovered & Back at Work 2/20/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 3/11/21 Recovered & Back at Work 3/10/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 3/18/21 Recovered & Back at Work 3/15/21 Yes (1) Yes Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 3/29/21 Recovered & Back at Work 3/26/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Fond du Lac Station 4/5/21 Recovered & Back at Work 3/25/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 4/8/21 Recovered & Back at Work 4/6/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 4/12/21 Recovered & Back at Work 4/7/21 No N/A Yes
Bus Operator Kinnickinnic Station 4/13/21 Recovered & Back at Work 4/12/21 No N/A Yes

 

*The MHD advises that Close Contact is defined as 15 minutes of time spent closer than 6-feet away from the patient that tested positive, or a shared workspace. The MHD will contact those who may have had prolonged exposure with employees who have tested positive.

**MCTS employees who have direct contact with the public

Community Coming Together

These are challenging times and we’ve had a lot of important information to pass along to you lately about COVID-19 and our service. But this special section of our website is meant to bring a smile to your face. It’s proof that our community is stronger when we all work together!

 

Signs of Support

We’ve noticed that some members of the community are thanking bus drivers by hanging signs along our routes. Thank you for this kind gesture! We appreciate all the support.

Donations

We want to thank several local businesses, organizations and coalitions who have stepped up to donate masks and other goods to MCTS, including: Just One More Ministry, Rebel Converting, Mask Up MKE, Bouchards in Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Masked Sewists for Southeast Wisconsin, the Sierra Club: Great Waters Group, Kickapoo Coffee and Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution. We'd also like to thank the FTA for sending reusable masks for use by employees. Any other businesses interested in helping can contact: marketing@mcts.org.

Special Messages on Social Media

MCTS Virtual Backgrounds

Whether you’re telecommuting, attending classes online, or catching up with friends and family via webcam, we're making it easy to show your love for MCTS! Download, save and use our MCTS virtual backgrounds for any of your preferred video chatting platforms. Click here to see all of them!

Virtual Tours of Milwaukee County

Can't wait to visit your favorite attractions? Well thanks to the wonders of technology there are plenty of options for exploring all that Milwaukee County has to offer from the comfort of your couch. Check out our list of virtual tours you can take right now.

Local Heroes Coloring Book

Our friends at Milwaukee Downtown teamed up with artist and muralist Ken Brown to create a coloring book that salutes local heroes, including MCTS bus drivers! Print your own copy here.

MCTS Activity Guide for Kids & Families

To help brighten your day, we put together a digital MCTS coloring & activity book you can download. It includes a bus-related coloring page, a maze and a bus word search. Download the coloring & activity book here!

If you'd like to show off your family's artwork or a sign that you spotted in your neighborhood, please send a photo to marketing@mcts.org 

Teaming Up Across the Country

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is proud to join the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments Program,” the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking all the necessary measures to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The health and safety of passengers and operators is the most important priority for MCTS. Since the beginning of the pandemic, MCTS has worked tirelessly to keep riders safe from infection from the coronavirus. By signing on to the APTA Health and Safety Commitments Program with more than 100 other public transit systems, MCTS and the public transit industry are actively working to instill confidence in riders that it’s committed to protecting their health and safety. 

The Program was developed after asking transit users from across the country what measures would make them feel more confident riding public transportation amid concerns about COVID-19. From this research, the industry identified four key areas that transit systems need to address to earn riders’ confidence:

  • Following public health guidelines from official sources
  • Cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles frequently and requiring face coverings and other protections
  • Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times and routes to ride
  • Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill

MCTS has pledged to meet these commitments by creating specific policies that are effective for our system, our riders, and our community. You can read more about these policies by visiting RideMCTS.com/Coronavirus and RideMCTS.com/Health.

A key component of the Health and Safety Commitments Program is the shared responsibility of our system and our riders to follow the guidelines. Riders rely on us to follow these commitments, and MCTS relies on riders to protect themselves and other customers. 

“This program is a commitment that this industry is making to all those we serve now and to those who we look forward to serving,” said Nuria I. Fernandez, APTA Chair, and General Manager and CEO of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. “Public transportation is and will be vital to the social and economic recovery of our nation. But getting there requires us to win back our ridership and encourage new riders to view public transit as a preferred mobility choice. We believe this commitment program will help do this.”

“The program being launched today is the public transportation industry’s pledge to promote sensible policies and practices designed to keep transit users and transit employees safe during the COVID-19 crisis,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “It is a logical extension of the innovation and commitment we have been demonstrating for the past several months – and it makes the need for at least $32 billion in additional emergency funding that much more urgent and critical.”