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Parking & Transit News

February 2, 2016

Parking & Transit- DNC Debate, 2/11/16

Due to the DNC Debate, some parking areas and bus stops will not be available:

Sun 2/7- Friday 2/12 - Zelazo parking lot will be closed.
Thu 2/11 - Union garage will be closed all day.
Thu 2/11 - NWQ garage is limited to those who have monthly permits only. No Parkmobile parkers.

Between Maryland and Downer, Kenwood Ave. will be closed  to the public on Thur. MCTS service and other shuttles will be rerouted. 

We will provide updates as we get them.
January 25, 2016
MCTS U-Bus Schedule Changes

Some U-Bus schedule times have changed, please refer to the updated schedules for the route times.
December 17, 2015

InCar Meters (Update)

December 31, 2015 is the last day that InCar Meters can be used on campus. As long as the meters are in working order, they can be returned for a refund of the deposit balance. If a balance exists, contact Parking & Transit for refund options.

December 1, 2015

Evening Parking Rates

Entry after 7 PM (M-Sa) $2 max - valid until 2 AM at these lots:

Lot #'s 2, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 34, 35 & 36. Evening Monthly permit available for $15/month.


Entry after 7 PM (M-Sa) $2 max - valid until 5 AM at these lots:

Lot #'s 7 & 20. Evening Monthly permit available for $15/month.


Entry after 7 PM (M-Sa) $3 max - valid until 5 AM at these lots:

Lot #'s 6 & 23. Evening Monthly permit available for $20/month.


Entry after 7 PM (M-Sa) $4 max - valid until 2 AM at these lots:

Lot #'s 1 & 8. Evening Monthly permit available for $25/month.


Parking is $2 maximum at the lots above on Sundays.


Evening Parking Contract


Oct 27,2015

UPASS - Student bus cards

On Oct, 19, there were several thousand UPASS cards deactivated, MCTS reactivated the valid cards that week. If you are still having issues with your card not working, please stop by the Parking & Transit office in the Union building, we can issue you a new card. Valid student ID required.
Oct 27, 2015

Parking changes - Pay by Space to Pay by Plate

Parking & Transit is transitioning to a paperless permit system, during this change:

  • We will enable the use of phone technology to pay for parking (
  • Change from pay by space to pay by plate at all Parkeon pay machines
    • Users won't be asked to enter their space #, it will ask for the license plate #.
  • Eliminate paper permits and use the license plate as a permit
  • All permits will be virtual permits, meaning the license plate will become the permit for each account.

Oct 16, 2015

Student Parking Permits

Permits are available on a monthly basis for parking at the Northwest Quad and Pavilion garages. The cost varies from $50-$75. Every month, there will be additional permits available for sale on the last 2 business days of the month. Quantities are limited and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Stop by the Parking & Transit office in the Union building or call 414-229-4000 for more details.
Oct 6, 2015


With Transit & Parking Reimbursement accounts, you are able to use pre-tax contribution dollars to pay for qualified work-related commuting and/or parking expenses:
  • Transit: Public Transportation 
  • Parking: Parking lots, garages, etc.
You can save on your commuting and parking costs by using pre-tax dollars. Click for more info.

Sep 22, 2015

Employee Commuter Value Pass (CVP) changes

Starting October, 2015, employees who sign up for CVP will be charged on a monthly basis until May 31. There are two options to pay, 1. Payroll deduction 2. Parking & Transit office before the start of the month. Employees may sign up anytime, but anyone that signs up after the 2nd business day of each month is not eligible to start using the CVP until the following month. Payments must be made prior to the start of the month, failure to do so will result in a $10 late fee. The exception to this is payroll deduction. Employees may cancel anytime, but there will be a $10 admin fee to anyone that cancels the CVP and signs up within 90 days.


Aug 27, 2015

Staff/Faculty sign up for discounted parking rates with Parkmobile

In its efforts to bring the latest in parking technology to the UWM Campus, Parking and Transit now offers pay-by-phone parking in more than 20 lots. To view the locations,click here.

To take advantage of pay-by-phone parking, create a free account online at Once registration is complete, download one of their free apps for iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry. The Parkmobile app may also be downloaded onto any tablet.

To start a parking transaction with the app, key in the zone number found on the meter sticker or nearby Parkmobile signage in the lot. If your space has a number you will enter it next.  Then, select the amount of time you wish to park, touch the start button to confirm the transaction, and you're all set!

Learn more about how to use Parkmobile.

Parkmobile also sends an alert fifteen minutes before time expires so you can extend your parking transaction, where available*, where ever you are, meaning gone are the days when you will need to hurry back to feed the meter or pay station.




 July 17, 2015

Fall UPASS Information

If you are a returning spring or summer student with a MCard (bus pass), your card will be automatically activated for the fall semester (valid 8/17/15). If you are a new or transfer student, you will need to stop at the Parking & Transit office (after 8/17/15) to get a MCard to use on the Milwaukee County Transit System. UPASS requires a student ID to pick-up and ride MCTS. If you are a returning student and lost your MCard, their will be a $15 replacement fee.

  • UPASS is a semester-long bus pass that can be used on any MCTS bus route. The cost is part of your segregated fees, so there is no additional charge when you pick it up or use it.
  • Use your U-PASS to travel for any purpose and to any route destination. It’s good at any time on any day, including weekends, holidays and even during breaks and recess periods.
  • Your U-PASS is good on all MCTS and 143 Ozaukee County Express Freeway Flyer routes.
  • Get real-time bus arrival information:


    July 17, 2015

    Sign up for Bike share.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1st year free to UWM students


    June 30, 2015

    Alternative Transportation Options to UWM

    Car Share/Ride Share

    • Zimride is a rideshare service where you can plan a trip and use social media to find a carpool to get to where you need to be. With Zimride, you can find UWM friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are. UWM Zimride helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don't have a car, find rides where you need to go.
      By logging on, you can view all the trips that come to and from UWM. There hundreds of rides coming to UWM and all over Milwaukee every day. Zimride is partnered with UWM to make your experience easy, so your UWM account is already loaded into Zimride. You can activate your account any time by just logging in.
      Who can use this site?
      UWM Zimride is restricted to students, staff & faculty and requires an ePantherID to gain access.
    Private Transportation


    Biking at UWM:

    Oak Leaf Trail:



    May 18, 2015

    Log your bike mileage!

    Join your fellow Panthers in proving that UWM logs the most miles by bike in the City of Milwaukee by visiting the League of American Cyclists Town-Gown Showdown website to register as a UWM rider today!


    April 13,2015

    Message Regarding Inappropriate Use of U-PASS M-Cards

    MCTS has become aware of occurrences by U-PASS card holders not using the pass appropriately. 

    The U-PASS M-Card is to be used by the card holder only.  When the card holder boards the bus, the card must touch the farebox, then their student ID must be shown to the operator (driver) for validation.  If the picture on the ID card is not the same as the person presenting the card to the operator, or the U-PASS holder fails to show their student ID to the driver, the occurrence is recorded by the farebox.  After several times of misuse, the card maybe or will be blocked.

    If the farebox displays “Invalid Pass” upon boarding, the card was likely tagged as being misused and has been blocked. The U-PASS holder will have to get a new pass and pay a replacement fee. It may take a few days to receive the new U-PASS M-Card.   

    Please be mindful that MCTS is taking measures to prevent misuse of all cards.  The U-PASS program is a great student benefit that is for the student only, it may not be sold to others.



    March 19, 2015  

    UPASS Cards - Keep Them Don't Toss Them

    Retain your current UPASS M-CARD!  Current cards will be re-activated for all enrolled students beginning in September 2015.  Keep your card to avoid registration lines and a $15 lost card fee which will be administered for replacement cards.

    Request UPASS M-CARD activation for Summer Session 2015 by e-mail ( or by visiting the Parking & Transit Office. Active Summer Session enrollment required to be eligible.  To reactivate the card you will need to provide:

    1. First and Last Name
    2. 9-Digit UWM Student ID Number
    3. MCTS M-CARD ID Number
     MCARD ID#



    Wisconsin Coach Lines - NEW

    During the Fall and Spring semesters, students and staff that present a valid UWM U-PASS or UWM Faculty ID (with a Commuter Value Pass) will be able to ride at no cost to and from the UWM Campus on Waukesha 901, 904*, and 905* routes.

    *On some 904 & 905 routes a transfer is needed to complete the trip to or from the UWM campus. Transfers are made on the southwest corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Cass Streets in downtown Milwaukee. Ask your driver for details. This agreement does not extend during the summer and winter breaks.


    UWM Focuses on Transportation and Parking Issues

    With changes to the main campus, emergent satellite campuses, more housing options, and a dynamic student body, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee continues to face transportation challenges for the 30,000+ people a day it serves. Parking, bus service, and even bicycle parking are among the more challenging issues faced daily by students, staff, and faculty. 

    In Fall 2013, UWM hired an interdisciplinary transportation consultant team to kick-off a comprehensive parking and transportation study. This effort is looking closely at all of the transportation needs of UWM, from all perspectives, and will include reviews of:

    • Parking location, pricing and eligibility
    • Shuttle services - who they serve and how well
    • Bicycling - how do we build off recent campus successes
    • MCTS - how can it work better for UWM
    • Alternative Transportation - how do we take advantage of all options
    The study helping to understand how transportation systems work today, gain input from students, faculty, and staff on ideas for improvements, and then make recommendations for how UWM can improve transit, facilities for cyclists and walkers, and best manage parking.

    Please monitor for updates on event schedules, leaving your feedback, and reading that of others.



    + MCTS Produces Last Paper Passes
    Eighty-six years after the first Milwaukee transit paper passes came into existence, the last passes rolled out of the MCTS Print Shop on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
    + MCTS Shows Off Packers Pride On and Inside Buses
    From Friday, January 15th until the end of service Saturday, all MCTS buses will display GO PACK GO!, and drivers and other employees are wearing their favorite green and gold attire.
    + 50 Years and Counting: Roland Wetley Marks Major Milestone with MCTS
    "Age has nothing to do with anything. It’s your health that matters most!" Roland Wetley celebrates 50 years working at MCTS.
    + MCTS Announces Timeline for Transition Away from Paper Tickets, Passes and Transfers
    After years of hard work upgrading technology on buses and online and working with passengers on adopting the M•CARD, MCTS will phase out paper tickets, passes and transfers on Leap Day, February 29, 2016.
    + Celebrate the Return of Star Wars, MCTS Will
    The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is celebrating and marking the return of Star Wars with a week of special Star Wars-themed transit pictures. Every day during the week of December 14th, MCTS will post a new picture at 9am on the MCTS Facebook page.
    + Ring in the New Year with Miller Lite Free Rides
    The Original Light Beer is teaming up with the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) to bring Miller Lite Free Rides® back home to Milwaukee for New Year’s Eve.
    + Exclusive Discount to the Reimagined Streets of Old Milwaukee for MCTS Riders
    The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) are teaming up to reward bus riders. From December 11 – 18th, M•CARD pass holders will receive $3 off general Museum admission during MPM’s Streets of Old Milwaukee reopening week.
    + Help the Less Fortunate this Holiday Season and Stuff the Bus
    Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will be at the store at noon helping to collect food and encouraging people to donate nonperishable food items.
    + MCTS Launches the FAVRE LINE to Honor Packers Legend
    The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is honorarily renaming the popular GreenLine - the FAVRE LINE in honor of Favre. The honorary renaming will last for one week, from November 19th until Thanksgiving, when the Packers retire Favre’s jersey during a ceremony at Lambeau Field.
    For more Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) information, trip planning, news, service alerts, schedules, visit the MCTS Website (, or call MCTS at (414)344-6711.