New Federal Law Requires Masks on Public Transportation

MILWAUKEE — 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.

We're all on this ride together. Since the start of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, 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.

Please remember:

  • MCTS continues to provide free masks on buses (one per customer), while supplies last.
  • MCTS is offering free hand sanitizer on buses, while supplies last.
  • A maximum of 15 passengers are allowed on buses.
  • Passengers are asked to use staggered seating in order to avoid close contact with others.
  • Passengers are encouraged to wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick and limit conversations and interactions while on board.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use contactless fare payment methods.
  • Passengers must enter the bus through the front door and exit via the rear door (unless they need to use the ramp or kneeling feature of the bus).
  • 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.
  • Bus drivers are positioned behind an industry-leading plexiglass shield and are supplied with masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, sanitizing wipes, disinfectant spray, and cloths to clean their workspace throughout the day.
  • MCTS continues to use on-board signage, audio announcements, and other communications channels to make sure passengers are aware of all relevant information.

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