Milwaukee County Transit System

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Area Served: Milwaukee County, WI
Founded: July 1st, 1975[1]
Fleet Size: 413[2]
Service Types: Fixed-Route, Paratransit
2010 Ridership: 44,065,845 [3]
Website: ridemcts.com

Milwaukee County Transit System is the fixed-route and paratransit service provider for the city and county of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

History

Public transit operations began in Milwaukee during 1860. The service consisted of two horse drawn cars. [4]

On July 1, 1975, Milwaukee County took over the bus system and established the Milwaukee County Transit System.

Overview

According to the 2010 Annual Report[5], the MCTS system covers 241 square miles, and serves a population of 959,521.

Routes

# Name
BlueLine Fond du Lac-National
GoldLine Wisconsin Ave.-UWM
GreenLine Bayshore–Airport
PurpleLine 27th St.
RedLine Capitol Dr.
6 New Berlin Industrial Park Express
12 Teutonia-Hampton
14 Humboldt-Forest Home
15 Holton-Kinnickinnic
17 Canal St.
19 M.L. King/South 13th & South 20th
21 North Ave.
22 Center-N. 92nd
23 Fond du Lac-National
28 108th St.
30/30X Sherman-Wisconsin
31 State-Highland
33 Vliet St.
35 35th St.
50 Morgan Ave. (operates Mon-Fri peak periods only)
51 Oklahoma Ave.
52 Clement–15th Ave.
53 Lincoln Ave.
54 Mitchell-Burnham
55 Layton Ave.
56 Greenfield Ave.
57 Walnut-Appleton-Germantown Wal-Mart
60 Burleigh St.
62 Capitol Dr.
63 Silver Spring Dr.-Port Washington
64 South 60th St.
67 North 76th-South 84th
76 North 60th-South 70th
80 6th St.
85 Whitman-West (operates Mon-Fri peak periods only)
87 Nathan Hale-East (operates Mon-Fri peak periods only)
88 Cudahy (operates Mon-Fri peak periods only)
89 St. Francis (operates Mon-Fri peak periods only)
90 Brewers Line-Miller Park (operates Milwaukee Brewers home games only)
137 House of Correction (operates Saturdays only)
143 Ozaukee County Express (operates Mon-Fri only)
219 Oak Creek Shuttle (operates Mon-Fri only)
223 Park Place–Bradley Woods Shuttle (operates Mon-Fri only)
276 Brown Deer Shuttle
279 Menomonee Falls Industrial Park Express (operates Mon-Fri only)
RR1 Reagan High School via Route 19 (operates Mon-Fri only)
RR2 Reagan High School via Route 27 (operates Mon-Fri only)
RR3 Reagan High School via Route 23 (operates Mon-Fri only)

Freeway Flyer (operates Mon-Fri only)

Express service between the suburbs and Downtown Milwaukee.

# Name
40 Ryan-College Flyer
43 Hales Corners Flyer
44 National Flyer
46 Loomis Southridge Flyer
48 South Shore Flyer
49 Brown Deer-Bayshore Flyer
79 Menomonee Falls Flyer

UBUS (operates Mon-Fri only)

# Name
40U Holt College UBUS
42U 6th Street-Port Washington Road UBUS
44U Fair Park-Hales Corners UBUS
49U Brown Deer UBUS

Fares

Current

Facilities

[6]

Administration Office

  • Address: 1942 North 17th St., Milwaukee, WI 53205
  • Opened: 1988

Garages

Active

Fleet Maintenance
  • Address: 1525 West Vine St., Milwaukee, WI 53205
  • Opened: 1988
Fond Du Lac
  • Address: 3343 West Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53210
  • Opened: 1915
Kinnickinnic
  • Address: 1710 South Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Opened: 1875 (original); 1892 (replacement due to fire)

Inactive/Closed

35th/Wells
  • Address: 35th St. and Wells St.
  • Opened: 1927
  • Closed: September 1, 1957
Cold Spring
  • Address: Cold Spring Ave. and 40th St.
  • Opened: 1911
  • Closed: 1988
Fiebrantz
  • Address: 1900 West Fiebrantz Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209
  • Opened: 1930
  • Closed: August 26, 2018 (expected)
National
  • Address: National Ave. and 27th St.
  • Opened: 1892
  • Closed: September 22, 1956
Oakland
  • Address: Oakland Ave. and Edgewood Ave.
  • Opened: 1917
  • Closed: September 1, 1968
West Allis
  • Address: 84th St. and Lapham St.
  • Opened: 1917
  • Closed: September 1, 1968

Fleet Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
5100-5189 Milwaukee County Transit System 5105-a.jpg 2010 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
5200-5234 Milwaukee County Transit System 5232-a.jpg 2011 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R 5219 was involved in accident on 5/5/2018 and retired.
5300-5354 Milwaukee County Transit System 5326-a.jpg 2012 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R 5334 caught on fire on 7/4/2019 and was a total loss.
5400-5454 Milwaukee County Transit System 5433-a.jpg 2013 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
5500-5534 Milwaukee County Transit System 5501-a.jpg 2014 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R 2013 models.
5600-5627 Milwaukee County Transit System 5611-a.jpg 2015 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Funding from State of Wisconsin DOT CMAQ Grant, 16 Apr. 2014.
5700-5729 Milwaukee County Transit System 5704-a.jpg 2016 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B3400 xFE
5800-5814 Milwaukee County Transit System 5809-a.jpg 2017 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison B3400 xFE Feature 4ONE Gemini seating.
5900-5922 2019 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B3400 xFE Feature 4ONE Gemini seating.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1000-1004 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E
  • For Ozaukee County service.
  • 1001-1003 sold to Metro Ride same numbers in late 2014-early 2015.
1321-1340 6-7/1953 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1341, 1343-1345, 1347, 1349-1357, 1360-1365, 1367, 1369-1370, 1372, 1374-1375 9-10/1954 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1379-1383, 1385-1394, 1396-1403 12/1955 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1404-1433 10/1956 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1434-1435, 1437-1439, 1441-1443, 1446-1448, 1450-1451, 1454-1463 12/1957 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1464-1483 4/1959 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1484-1503 9/1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1504-1586 11-12/1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1601-1675 7/1963 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1701-1730 7-8/1964 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1751-1760 1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-?.
1761-1770 1960 GMC TDH-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-?.
1801-1863 7-8/1965 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1901-1912 2/1966 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
1913-1960 Milwaukee County Transit System 1925-a.jpg 8/1966 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
2001-2030 1967 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Former Milwaukee and Suburban Transport Corporation units.
3000-3099 1978 Flxible 53102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
3100-3218, 3225-3249 1980 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
3219-3224 1980 GMC RTS-03
(T8J-203)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
3300-3325 1981 Neoplan USA N416A 40'
(N416-40)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • Retired circa 1996.
  • 3302, 3313, 3312, 3310, 3315, 3319 & 3300 to RFTA 241-247.
  • 3303 & 3311 were leased to Kenosha Transit as 2113-2114 from September 1992 to December 1993.
3326-3343 1981 Neoplan USA N416A 35'
(N416-35)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 3342, 3336, 3338 & 3343 to RTFA 231-234.
3400-3439 1984 Crown Ikarus 286 Cummins NHHTC
  • Delivered in late 1984.
  • 3437 & 3438 were destroyed while in transit during delivery. They were replaced by a 2nd 3437 & 3438 in 1984.
  • Entered service in 1985.
  • Retired in 2000.
  • 3414 scrapping photo[7]
3500-3526 1985 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA T-Drive powertrain setup
3527-3571 1985 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • 1986 models.
  • T-Drive powertrain setup
3600-3619 1986 Neoplan USA AN440A Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
  • 1987 models.
  • V-Drive transversal powertrain setup
3620-3656 1986 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 1987 models.
3700-3816 Milwaukee County Transit System 3796.jpg 1990-1991 BIA Orion V
(05.501)
Cummins L10
3900-3911 1991 Gillig Spirit 28' Cummins B5.9? Allison MTB-643
4000-4145 Milwaukee County Transit System 4094-a.jpg 1995-1997 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50
4200-4208 Milwaukee County Transit System 4206-a.jpg 1997 NFI D30LF Cummins C8.3 Allison B300R
4300-4389 Milwaukee County Transit System 4382-a.jpg 2000 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Feature American Seating 6468 seating.
4400-4468 Milwaukee County Transit System 4410-a.jpg 2001 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Feature American Seating 6468 seating.
4500-4519 2002 NFI D30LF Cummins ISC
4600-4639 2002 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E
4700-4750 Milwaukee County Transit System 4730-a.jpg 2003 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E Retired in July 2019.
4800-4829 Milwaukee County Transit System 4815-a.jpg 2004 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E Retired in July 2019.
4900-4914 Milwaukee County Transit System 4910-a.jpg 2005 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • All retired in July 2019
  • 4907 retired after an accident in September 2018.
5000-5008 Milwaukee County Transit System 5000-a.jpg 2006 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 All retired in June 2019

References