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

As of 2019.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
4700-4750 Milwaukee County Transit System 4730-a.jpg 2003 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E American Seating 6468
  • Currently being retired.
  • 4740 and 4746 are still active.
4800-4829 Milwaukee County Transit System 4815-a.jpg 2004 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E American Seating 6468
  • 4817, 4819, 4823-4825 are still active.
4900-4914 Milwaukee County Transit System 4910-a.jpg 2005 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E American Seating 6468
  • 4907 was retired after an accident in September 2018.
  • 4901, 4902, 4905, 4906, 4909-4912, 4914 are still active.
5000-5008 Milwaukee County Transit System 5000-a.jpg 2006 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 5008 retired.
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 4ONE Angel
5500-5534 Milwaukee County Transit System 5501-a.jpg 2014 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R 4ONE Angel 2013 models.
5600-5627 Milwaukee County Transit System 5611-a.jpg 2015 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 4ONE Angel 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 4ONE Gemini
5800-5814 Milwaukee County Transit System 5809-a.jpg 2017 NFI XD40 Cummins L9 Allison B3400 xFE 4ONE Gemini
5900-5922 2019 Gillig Corporation BRT Cummins L9 Allison B3400 xFE 4ONE Gemini

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
1000-1004 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E
  • For Ozaukee County service.
  • 1001-1003 sold to Metro Ride as 1001-1003 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 8V71T 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
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 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 American Seating 6468
4400-4468 Milwaukee County Transit System 4410-a.jpg 2001 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC American Seating 6468
4500-4519 2002 NFI D30LF Cummins ISC American Seating 6468 4501, 4507, 4510, 4515-4519 to Shoreline Metro, unknown fleet numbers.
4600-4639 2002 NFI D40LF Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E American Seating 6468

References

  1. MCTS Website: About US, History Retrieved on May 18th, 2012
  2. MCTS 2010 Transit Report P.8 Retrieved on May 18th, 2012
  3. P.8 Retrieved on May 18th, 2012
  4. Milwaukee County Historical Society: Milwaukee County Transit System Collection Webpage Retrieved on May 18th, 2012
  5. MCTS 20120 Annual Report P.8 Retrieved on May 18th, 2012
  6. http://www.chicagorailfan.com/rosmkeg.html