Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) reminds passengers that the final phase of its MCTS NEXT redesign takes effect on Sunday, August 29, 2021 with improvements and adjustments to routes 22, 28, 54, 55 , 56, 60, 76 and Blue Line.
In addition, three new routes – routes 18, 66 and 92 – will be operational. Routes 64 and 67 will be withdrawn. Passengers are encouraged to visit RideMCTS.com/NEXT for specific information on what to expect on these routes.
The completion of MCTS NEXT is a milestone for transit in our community, adding faster service in new corridors, expanding access to unserved and underserved employment areas, creating better connections to shopping destinations and making routes easier to understand.
Phase 3 offers more frequent service, better connections to jobs and grocery stores, simpler routes and easier-to-understand route names, and faster trips thanks to well-balanced bus stops.
The geography and needs of Milwaukee County have evolved over the years, particularly with respect to the location of employment centers, business destinations, schools, and residential areas.
“MCTS NEXT has been an exciting effort – years of preparation – to update the route network, improve the experience for cyclists and meet the modern needs of Milwaukee County,” said David Crowley, County General Manager from Milwaukee. “This important project is expanding access to parts of our community that have been underserved or unserved for far too long. MCTS NEXT helps facilitate a more connected Milwaukee County and gives residents the ability to easily visit different communities, work opportunities and shopping destinations. “
MCTS spent over three years conducting a comprehensive review of the entire transit system. Planners reviewed and evaluated every bus route and stop in the MCTS service area to identify opportunities for improvement, increased efficiency, and faster service.
A massive public awareness effort – comprising 13 open house events and over 50 stakeholder meetings – resulted in hundreds of comments and thousands of interactions with passengers, bus drivers, businesses, community groups and elected officials. Additionally, MCTS received comments from the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs (OAAA). The valuable feedback helped shape plans that will improve the overall system and advance racial equity by increasing the access of people of color to jobs, education, health care, grocery stores and other businesses. other essential destinations.
As part of the phased implementation of MCTS NEXT in 2021, MCTS has led a comprehensive communication effort. In addition to making information available online and by phone 24 hours a day, MCTS launched an advertising campaign in English and Spanish on buses, bus shelters, billboards, radio, television, newspapers. , news websites and social media.