Proposed MCTS Route Cuts

Due to declining funding, the Milwaukee County Transit System is proposing some route cuts and changes that would balance the budget while minimizing the impact on annual ridership. Please see the link below for more information, including how you can let your voice be heard.

Proposed Bus Route Reductions
The proposed 2020 Transit Budget includes significant service changes. Although 97% of annual ridership would not be impacted by these changes, the total number of bus routes could be reduced by ending the following services:

6 Freeway Flyer routes – 40, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49
4 UBUS Routes – 40U, 42U, 44U, 49U
5 Shuttles – 17, 137, 219, 223, 276
Route 52 Clement – 15th Avenue
Route 55 Layton Avenue: would no longer have service west of S.76th Street
Route 80 6th Street: would no longer have service south of MATC South Campus
Seasonal services could also be eliminated as a cost-saving measure:

Brewers Line buses for Miller Park
Wisconsin Avenue Downtown shuttles for ethnic festivals and Summerfest
Freeway Flyer service for Summerfest may also be impacted
Freeway Flyers for German Fest, Irish Fest and Festa Italiana
Shuttle and Freeway Flyer services for Wisconsin State Fair

The proposed changes outlined above are necessary to bring expenses in line with limited revenues. These proposed changes were informed by Racial Equity considerations and route efficiency measures to minimize impacts on total riders. There are no budgeted changes to the Paratransit Program.

https://www.ridemcts.com/about-mcts/news/proposed-2020-budget