Reminder: Milwaukee County Bus Rapid Transit Project Continues on Campus All Summer

Construction continues on campus for westbound bus stops at 12th and 16th Streets and Wisconsin Avenue for the new Milwaukee County Transit System Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRT). Construction is expected to begin for the eastbound stops at 12th and 16th streets next month.

There will always be lane and crosswalk closures as construction progresses – please pay attention to construction signage and allow extra time if using these routes. A map of pedestrian routes is available on line. The on-campus portion of the MCTS project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

MCTS is fully funding and managing the project that will connect downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa. The two on-campus MCTS stops will be converted into new state-of-the-art platform stops, which will help improve pedestrian rights-of-way and campus aesthetics. Additionally, the stops will feature lane drop-offs that will improve pedestrian safety by helping to alleviate excessive speed on Wisconsin Avenue. Additional grade drops will be installed on Wisconsin Avenue at 14th and 15th Streets.

The existing MCTS stop at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue will be converted into a state-of-the-art BRT platform stop.

The existing MCTS stop at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue will be converted into a state-of-the-art BRT platform stop.

About the MCTS BRT project

The nine-mile east-west BRT will better connect major job, education and recreation destinations through downtown Milwaukee, Marquette, the Near West Side, Wauwatosa and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. BRT passengers will enjoy more efficient and higher frequency service with battery electric buses, dedicated bus lanes, priority at traffic lights, off-board fare collection, optimized stop locations , state-of-the-art platforms that allow easy boarding, and other Amenities.

According to MCTS, east-west BRT will average more than 9,500 weekday riders by 2035 and increase overall transit ridership in the corridor by 17%. Ridership will be powered by activity generators within the half-mile station area around the preferred route, including:

  • 9 colleges and universities and 8 high schools
  • 47,000 inhabitants
  • 120,000 jobs
  • More than 100 companies with 250 or more employees
  • 7 medical establishments
  • 25 hotels
  • Countless attractions including the County Zoo, Miller Park, Milwaukee Bucks Arena, Art Museum and Summerfest

More information, including a set of Frequently Asked Questionsis available on MCTS Project BRT website.

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