Transit Services in Southeastern Wisconsin

Milwaukee County Transit System
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is the transit service provider for Milwaukee County and parts of Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. It is the largest transit system in Wisconsin and a vital community resource for the southeastern Wisconsin region.

Waukesha Metro
Waukesha Metro transit is the transit service for the city of Waukesha and parts of Brookfield and Pewaukee. Waukesha Metro connects with Milwaukee County Transit at Brookfield Square. Waukesha Metro also operates Waukesha County Express routes between Downtown and Waukesha (the Coach USA buses seen on Wisconsin Avenue).

Ozaukee County Express
Ozaukee County funds a two-way MCTS express route between Downtown Milwaukee and Mequon, Grafton and Port Washington. Ozaukee County also operates a county-wide shared ride taxi 7-days a week.

Washington County Commuter Express & Shared Ride Taxi
Washington County operates a rush hour-only commuter route one-way into Downtown Milwaukee in the AM, out to Washington County in the PM on weekdays and a county-wide shared ride taxi 7-days a week.

Wisconsin Coach Lines
Wisconsin Coach Lines (Coach USA) operates commuter buses from Milwaukee to Waukesha, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, Racine, Kenosha. Wisconsin Coach Lines’ Kenosha/Racine route connects with Metra trains to Chicago at the Kenosha Metra Station.

Transit Related Reports and Presentations

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC)
The Southeastern Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is the official regional transportation and land use planning agency for the Milwaukee area.

  • VISION 2050
    VISION 2050 is the official long-range transportation and land use plan for the Milwaukee area.
  • Regional Transportation Improvement Program 2017-2020
    The Regional Transportation Improvement Program is an official list of transit and highway projects to be carried out within a 3 year timeframe. Most of the money in these plans goes to highway projects.
  • Environmental Justice Task Force
    The Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) at SEWRPC is meant to ensure public involvement of low-income and minority groups in decision making, prevent disproportionately high and adverse impacts of decisions on low-income and minority groups and assure low-income and minority groups receive a proportionate share of benefits.

Other Transit Rider Advocacy Groups

Tactics used to fight fare increases and service cuts in other cities

The professionals who make transit in Milwaukee a reality

The local politicians who have control over the fate of public transportation in Milwaukee

MCTS is operated by a private non-profit corporation that reports directly to the County Board of Supervisor’s Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee. They are responsibile for making all decisions regarding bus service which are then sent to the entire Milwaukee County Board for approval. MCTS develops recommendations for their budget which is then made by the County Executive and sent to the County Board for approval every year.

Write County Executive Abele and your County Board representative and tell them that you oppose cuts to public transit in Milwaukee County!

Write your state senator and representative and tell them that you want increased state funding for MCTS to prevent further cuts to the system! Tell them that you want more mass transit not highways!