Reminder: Masks Still Required on All Public Transportation, Regardless of Vaccination Status

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is reminding passengers that face masks are still required on board all buses in the United States, regardless of one's vaccination status. 

This federal requirement from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which supersedes any local or state mask policies, is expected to last until September 13, 2021. 

In addition to public transit buses like the ones operated by MCTS, the federal requirement also extends to commuter trains, commercial aircraft, and airports.

Below are reminders of all current COVID-19-related policies and procedures that passengers should be aware of:

  • Federal regulations still require the use of masks while riding public transit, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • A maximum of 20 passengers are permitted on each bus.
  • MCTS has free mask and hand sanitizer dispensers available on board.
  • Passengers are encouraged to wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick, limit unnecessary conversations and interaction, and use staggered seating when possible.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use contactless fare payment methods like the M-CARD and Ride MCTS app to ensure fast, touch-free experiences while boarding.
  • Passengers should enter the bus through the front door and exit via the rear door (unless the ramp or ‘kneeling feature’ of the bus is needed).
  • Bus drivers are positioned behind an industry-leading plexiglass shield and are supplied with masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and sanitizing wipes to clean their workspace.
  • Buses go through extra disinfection processes using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended products in addition to the standard cleaning that vehicles receive regularly.
  • Each of our facilities (bus stations, garages, and administrative offices) are thoroughly cleaned regularly. Signage at all work locations offers reminders and important information.
  • MCTS continues to use on-board signage, audio announcements, and other communications channels to make sure passengers are aware of all relevant health-related information.

For more on MCTS’s response to COVID-19, please visit