In cooperation with the Milwaukee County Transit System(MCTS), UW—Milwaukee developed the UPASS transit program to serve both commuting students and students living on or near campus. There are 8 local bus routes and 3 express bus routes in Milwaukee County that take passengers directly to the University.
The M-Card is a card device that takes a dollar value, this value is deducted everytime it is used to ride a MCTS bus. Money must be put on this card to make it valid to use.
CAUTION: DO NOT ADD MONEY TO YOUR UPASS, THIS WILL INVALIDATE IT AS A UPASS. A replacement UPASS will need to be purchased if money is added to a card.
Any student that loses their replacement UPASS will not be eligible for another one in the same semester.
UPASS is accepted as full fare on every MCTS-operated bus route, whether it’s a local, freeway flyer, or special route. Your UPASS must be presented with a valid student ID in order to ride the bus.
*On some 904 and 905 routes a transfer is needed to complete the trip to or from the UWM campus. Transfers are made on the southwest corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Cass Streets in downtown Milwaukee. Ask your driver for details. This agreement does not extend during the summer and winter breaks.
To access express freeway flyer routes to campus, visit the Park and Ride page.
During the summer period, the UPASS will remain active for the day after Spring finals until one week prior to Fall courses begin, traditionally.
Students not paying segregated fees for the summer are not eligible for the UPASS to remain active automatically. If interested in activating a UPASS during the summer, students will need to pay the associated portion of segregated fees for Summer use. Also, students seeking to pay the associated portion of segregated fees for Summer use of the UPASS will need to have paid segregated fees or will pay segregated fees for the Spring and Fall semester in the same year of the Summer UPASS session in question.
The associated charge for purchasing the UPASS, as long as a student meets the previously described criteria, is $22.55. This purchase may be made at the UWM Transportation Services office in the UWM Student Union WG25. No refund available after the charge is processed.
Students interested in information regarding segregated fees may learn more at the UWM Student Association website, studentorgs.uwm.edu/org/sa/SegFees. Traditionally students taking courses on campus are assessed segregated fees, while students taking on-line only courses are not assessed segregated fees and therefore not eligible for the UPASS.
The Summer UPASS will be available for sale from the UWM Transportation Services office beginning Monday, May 15. It will not be activated for use until Monday, May 22 when the Spring 2017 permit is deactivated.
Transit Plus is free to students who have a valid UPASS and a DA pass that they must obtain from MCTS.
- A person with a disability who cannot independently board, ride or get off a bus.
- A person whose disability-related condition or environmental barrier makes it impossible to independently travel to or from a fixed route bus stop.
These are the only criteria used to determine paratransit eligibility. Personal safety, behavioral problems, age, social security status or other issues are not considered in determining eligibility.
ridemcts.com/Programs/Transit-Plus/ for more information.
A: The UPASS is a new card device that is scanned in order to gain access to any MCTS bus at no charge (Must show current student ID with UPASS). It will look identical to the M-Card, but the bus card readers will distinguish it as different.
The M-Card is a card device that takes a dollar value, this value is deducted every time it is used to ride an MCTS bus. Money must be put on this card to make it valid to use.
A: As soon as you get it. Pick it up before the first day of class and start using it and saving money right away, or pick it up anytime during the semester at the Transportation Services office.
A: No. You can use your UPASS to travel for any purpose to any destination on any Milwaukee County Transit System. Use it any time buses operate on any day, including weekends, holidays, and even during UWM breaks and recess periods.
A: If you are eligible to participate in the Milwaukee County Transit Plus Program, your UPASS can be used to waive the initial Transit Plus portion of the fare for each trip you take.To find out more about this benefit call 414-278-4091.
A: UWM, like virtually all urban universities in the country, has problems finding space for everyone to park. The UPASS offers you a great opportunity to use your car less, especially for routine trips to work, class, shopping, entertainment, etc. and eliminate parking problems. By doing so, you are guaranteed to save lots of money you would otherwise spend maintaining and operating your car, help the environment, and reduce parking and traffic related stress.
A: Everyone who takes a class on the UWM campus pays to support the UPASS program. It is included as part of fees–just like other services on campus such as the Klotsche Center, Campus Day Care, UPARK shuttles, Student Health Center, etc. The remaining per student cost is offset by Parking & Transit Department and a bulk purchase discount.
A: The UPASS offer of free transportation whenever and to wherever you want to go will be a benefit and a money saving value that many students who drive a car will find to be a value for things unrelated to commuting to and from classes. Even if you never use your UPASS, you will still benefit from the program because there will be fewer students driving their cars to campus and competing with you for a campus parking space.
A: The UPASS is available for pick-up at the Transportation Services Office one weeks before classes begin each semester — including Summer sessions, and continues to be available through the last day of exams each semester. You will need to have your valid student ID at the time of pick up.
A: Call the Milwaukee County Transit System at 414-344-6711 or UWM Transportation Services at 414-229-4000 to ask for route and schedule information or to find the bus service most convenient for you.
A: You can save hundreds of dollars in reduced gas costs, maintenance costs, wear and tear on your car, and the hassle of driving in rush hour traffic and searching for a legal parking space. If you are considering living a distance from campus, you may want to consider a rental property along a bus route with service to UWM.
A: Only UWM students taking at least one course for credit on the Kenwood campus.
A: Absolutely. UPASS is one University service where the more you use your UPASS, the more your commuting expenses are reduced.
A: In order to serve commuters from all over SE Wisconsin, the MCTS operates remote freeway flyers from Park & Ride lots across the county. You can park free and take the freeway flyer bus free all the way to UWM. Route schedules and Transit Guides are available at the UWM Transportation Services, or call 414-229-4000 for help in locating the Park & Ride closest to where you live.
A: Certainly. You can drive your car part way to campus, park in an all day parking spot right near a bus stop on any of several direct bus routes to UWM, and then, ride the bus free the rest of the way.
A: Adding money to your UPASS will make it invalid as a UPASS once the next semester starts. This will require a replacement UPASS to be purchased. If you need access to the MCTS bus system while your UPASS is not active, it is recommended that you purchase an M-Card for that purpose.
The UWM Student Association offers BOSS to students as a van transportation service around the campus neighborhood. This service is free for UWM students. Visit the B.O.S.S. website for more information.
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The average shuttle ride is 10 minutes, although it can be shorter or longer depending on traffic and weather. All shuttle passengers are expect to act in accordance with the University Housing Rules & Regulations.
The Prowl Line is free to students. Students will need to display their PantherCard to the campus shuttle driver while boarding. Parking at the UPARK is FREE for students paying segregated fees*. A permit will need to purchased online though from the Transportation Services Online Portal. The permit is available only online and connects your license plate virtually to the permit. No hang tag or sticker will be necessary to park, and users may add or remove vehicles from their permit on the same online portal.
Faculty and Staff
The campus shuttle is free to faculty and staff. Faculty and staff will need to display their PantherCard or ID badge to the campus shuttle driver while boarding. Parking at the Capitol-Humboldt lot is now $35.81 per semester for faculty and staff via payroll deduction for a semester permit. A permit may be purchased online at Transportation Services online portal. The permit is available only through payroll deduction and connects your license plate virtually to the permit. No hang tag or sticker will be necessary to park, and users may add or remove vehicles from their permit on the same online portal.
All other users of the UPARK parking lot may purchase a $2.00 calendar day permit at a pay station present at the lot.
*Segregated fees are an additional fee outside of tuition that is used for various activities on campus. Students taking a course on campus traditionally pay segregated fees. Students auditing courses are taking only online courses do not pay segregated fees and will be able to purchase the permit made available for Faculty and Staff at the Transportation Services Online Portal.
All users of the UPARK lot may park continuously through the day, but the campus shuttle will discontinue servicing the lot after 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday and at 6:00 PM on Friday while classes are in session. No vehicles may remain overnight and there is no parking in the Capitol-Humboldt lot between 2-5 a.m.
Buses are scheduled to begin operation at about 5:30 a.m. at Capitol-Humboldt and continue operating until 9 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters Monday through Thursday. On Friday’s the Prowl Line will stop servicing the Capitol and Humboldt UPARK at 6:00 p.m.
You can also see the location of the lot and relevent shuttle routes on our Interactive Parking Map.
Off-Campus Shuttle Hours of Operation:
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday – Friday during the Fall and Spring academic period.
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday – Friday during the Summer and Winter academic period.
To request a ride, use TapRide (available for free download at the Apple Store and Google Play) or call (414) 229–7431.
The Off-Campus Shuttle will go to the following locations during the Fall and Spring academic periods:
- Zilber School of Public Health
- School of Freshwater Sciences
- The Water Council (Global Water Center)
- University Services and Research Building (USRB)
- Innovation Campus*
The Off-Campus Shuttle will go to the following locations during the Winter and Summer academic periods:
- University Services and Research Building (USRB)
- Innovation Campus*
*Rides to and from Innovation Campus will occur only upon request and at the following times:
Depart UWM at 8 am/Depart Innovation at 8:30 am
Depart UWM at 12 pm/Depart Innovation at 12:30 pm
Depart UWM at 4 pm/Depart Innovation at 4:30 pm
The average shuttle ride is 10 minutes, although it can be shorter or longer depending on traffic and weather. All shuttle passengers are expected to act in accordance with the University Housing Rules & Regulations.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Monday through Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Thursday and Friday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Days Without Shuttle Service
New Year’s Day (January 1)
Independence Day (July 4)
Thankgiving (4th Thursday of November)
Christmas Eve (December 24)
Christmas Day (December 25)
New Year’s Eve (December 31)
Class Daytime Routes:
Cambridge/RiverView: Stops at Cambridge Commons, RiverView, Cunningham, Library, back to Cambridge Commons. (10-minute gap)
Kenilworth: Stops at Kenilworth Square Apartments, Cunningham, Library, back to Kenilworth. (20-minute gap)
Nights/Weekend Route (starts at 6 PM Weekdays, All Hours of Operation on Sat.-Sun.):
All Stop: Stops at Kenilworth, Cambridge Commons, RiverView, Cunningham, Sandburg, Library, Purin, back to Kenilworth. (12-minute gap)
Distance from buildings to UWM Library
RiverView: 1.8 miles
Cambridge: 1.6 miles
Kenilworth: 1.7 miles
Hours of Operation
|Day(s)||Hours of Operation||Capitol/Humboldt Hours||Peak Hours|
|Capitol & Humboldt U-Park Lot*||RiverView Residence Hall*|
|Cunningham Hall||Cambridge Commons (SW Corner)|
|Golda Meir Library||Kenilworth Square Apartments|
|Kenilworth Square Apartments||UWM Student Union|
|Cambridge Commons||Sandburg Residence Hall|
|RiverView Residence Hall||Capitol & Humboldt U-Park Lot|
|* = indicates a scheduled layover|
Expected Impact: University Housing Residents
Residents of Kenilworth Square Apartments will see more frequent shuttle service, as it is now a stop on both Southbound and Northbound routes.
Residents of Cambridge Commons will have the option of boarding a northbound bus on the SW corner of Cambridge & North, rather than riding first to RiverView. This should give residents a more consistent time estimation for trips to the Kenwood Campus.
Residents of RiverView should encounter fewer issues with having to wait for multiple buses to accommodate all students waiting. The new route should allow for an empty bus to start being filled at RiverView, before proceeding to Cambridge and Kenilworth, and then heading north to Kenwood Campus.
All residents heading south from Kenwood Campus should keep in mind that most U-Park riders disembark at the Cunningham Hall or Golda Meir Library stops. This means that the most reliable stop for boarding to South Campus will be the Golda Meir Library stop.
Expected Impact: U-Park Commuters
Commuters using the Capitol/Humboldt U-Park lot will see shuttles arriving/departing on a more frequent basis. Commuters heading North from Kenwood Campus should keep in mind that most residential students disembark at the UWM Student Union and Sandburg stops. This means that the most reliable stop for boarding to the U-Park lot will be the Sandburg stop.