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June 30, 2015

MCTS - Possible Strike Update

MCTS Remains Committed to Avoiding a Transit Strike

 - June 29, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is encouraging the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 to stay on the job. ATU leaders say they may go on strike Wednesday, despite a new contract proposal from MCTS that would increase bus drivers and mechanics pay.

MCTS presented the new contract to ATU on Friday afternoon. The average MCTS bus driver will make more than $62,000 this year in salary and overtime. The proposed contract includes even more money for drivers and mechanics along with a matching $500 Flexible Spending Account to help offset modest increases in healthcare costs.

The cost of healthcare for MCTS employees and retirees currently accounts for 20% of the total MCTS budget every year, if no changes are made, that cost will balloon to 30% in five years and 40% in ten years.

MCTS and ATU will meet again Tuesday.

“We remain committed to avoiding a strike and ask union leaders to work with us to continue serving the community,” said MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm. “We believe the proposal we put forward improves MCTS and our future sustainability, while also rewarding drivers and mechanics for the excellent and important job they do.”

MCTS provides on average 150,000 rides a day to people across Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties who rely on MCTS to get to work, school and medical appointments. MCTS also provides tens of thousands of rides a day to Summerfest.

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June 12, 2015

Updates from MCTS

Due to the Newaukee Night Market Event, the following routes will be detoured off Wisconsin Avenue between comparable stops to the best of our ability along the detoured route.

Westbound Routes 12, 14, 23, 30, 30X, 31, 44, 49, 79, 90, 143, Gold Line and Blue Line will travel north on Plankinton Ave. to Wells St., west on Wells St. to 6th St., south on 6th St. to Wisconsin Ave., west on Wisconsin Ave. to regular routing. Please board on Wells St. between 2nd and 4th Streets OR on 6th St. at Wisconsin.

Eastbound Routes 12, 14, 23, 30, 30X, 31, 40, 43, 46, 48, Gold Line and Blue Line will travel south on 6th St. to Michigan Ave., east on Michigan Ave. to Plankinton Ave., north on Plankinton to Wisconsin Ave., east on Wisconsin to regular routing. Please board on Michigan between Plankinton Ave. and 2nd St. (mid-block) or on Wisconsin at 6th St.


  • On Friday, July 3rd, there will be regular bus service but NO Freeway Flyers on that day.



June 1, 2015

Summer Parking Options

Parking is available to everyone at the Northwest Quad Garage. During June, July & August, daily parking is $4, weekly $15 & monthly $50. Daily & weekly permits can be purchased at the NWQ  garage - Hartford entrance (M-F 8a-3p). Daily, weekly and monthly permits can be purchased at the Parking & Transit office (M-F 8a-4:30p).

Exclusive to students - Weekly permits for the Pavilion garage - $10. Purchases can be made at the Parking & Transit office.



May 28, 2015

UBUSes not running during summer break - Starting May 26th

Please note that UBUSes only run during the Fall and Spring semesters.  This includes route 40U, 42U, 44U, and 49U.


May 21, 2015

Chapman/Enderis  & Garland Permits


Permits Available for other locations!


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!


May 13, 2015

2015-2016  Parking & Transit Information


May 12, 2015

2015-2016 Permits Are Now Available

You can stop by the Parking & Transit office to sign up for 2015-2016 permits. They are available on a first come first serve basis. Certain lots have a limited supply of permits.


May 12, 2015

Student UPASS (MCard) - Summer Students

If you are a student registered for summer classes, you will need to re-register your UPASS to prevent any interruptions in service. You will need to bring your student ID and UPASS card, you can either stop by the Parking & Transit office or email   the information (ID # & UPASS #) to 


 May 11, 2015

Staff/Faculty Parking Changes - Why? 


May 4, 2015

New Parking Maps & Rate Sheet Available

Please reference the new Permit Parking and Hourly Parking maps, as well as the new 2015-16 Rate Sheet, when considering your parking options for the 2015-16 Academic Year.  The permit rates go into effect June 1, 2015 and the new hourly pricing structures will go into effect on July 1, 2015. 


May 4, 2015

Student Parking Changes

Effective June, 2015, student parking at the Northwest Quad and Pavilion garages will no longer be 'free'; instead it will be available to on a fee basis, with student parking permits available for $50/month.

The Student Association was contributing nearly $1.3 million in segregated fees to Parking & Transit to help pay off the annual debt service of $1.8 million for those two garages. In exchange, UWM students were given 'free' parking at the NWQ garage and 200 spaces in the Pavilion garage. Due to budgetary issues, the Student Association had to drastically reduce the contribution to Parking & Transit. Starting in June, student parking will no longer be fully subsidized as it has been, instead a reduced portion of the segregated fees will be used to provide partially subsidized permit parking for students. The student government must choose thru all the requests for funding, many programs and services depend on it. They tried to prioritize the programs and services with the greatest impact for all students. In order to accomplish that, some programs had to be cut, one of the casualties was parking.  



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.


April 9, 2015 UPDATED

Spring 2015 UPASS Term Ending  

A reminder to all students that the U-PASS program ends for the
semester on May 22nd. This date will be the last day you will receive
unlimited bus service from MCTS unless you enroll in summer classes.

You can still choose to use your U-PASS as a regular M●CARD all summer long to travel to work, restaurants -- even Summerfest. Just load it with 1-, 7- or a 31-day pass or Stored Value of any amount between $2 and $50 up to $100. The M●CARD offers a discounted rate compared to  paying cash ($1.75 vs $2.25). With the M●CARD you’ll never need to  worry about having the exact change -- everything you need is on one powerful card!

You should hold onto your M●CARD to use in the fall semester when the U-PASS program starts up again.  Important Note - if you lose your pass you will need to buy a new one in the fall for $15. 

If you are graduating or not planning to return to school, you should keep your M●CARD and load it with passes or stored value to continue to enjoy the ease and comfort of the transit system.  If you have any questions please call or email the Parking and Transit office.


March 27, 2015

Academic Year 2015-16 Parking Rates

Parking & Transit will implement a new, tiered parking rate structure on July 1, 2015.  Information regarding these adjustments can be found at Academic Year 2015-16 Parking Rates


March 24, 2015 

P-K Charge Slip Enforcement

The Office of Parking & Transit has witnessed a recent increase of P-K charge slips in circulation that are not properly validated.  In an effort to protect campus resources, Parking & Transit will be strictly enforcing P-K charge slip authorization.

All P-K charge slips must have both a date and departmental signature to be valid.  P-K charge slips without these items will no longer be accepted by pay booth attendants under any circumstance beginning Wednesday, April 6.


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

March 9, 2015

In-Car Meter Payment Changes

The Parking & Transit Office is modifying payment options for in-car meters.  Beginning May 1, 2015; the following adjustments will take affect:

  • The minimum deposit allowable by cash or credit card will be reduced to $20
  • Payment by payroll deduction will be elminated
These changes are being implemented in preparation for a transition from the in-car meter system to a new technology that will be introduced over summer.

Watch this site in the coming months for announcements related to the new parking system.



Milwaukee County Transit System has announced two new and improved services: the Gold Line (UWM-Brookfield Square) & 30X (UWM-Downtown Milw). See Map for details.


Wisconsin Coach Lines - NEW

Starting on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 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.

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.

UWM: Best Workplace for Commuters

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been designated as one of the BEST Workplaces for commuters by the National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida for meeting the National Standard of Excellence for outstanding commuter benefits. These benefits promote energy conservation by reducting traffic congestion and related air pollution.


The Capitol / Humboldt UPARK lot is the only UPARK lot available. 

Northwest Quadrant Parking Garage & Levels 4 and 5 of the Pavilion Garage Basement

The parking structure located at the Northwest Quadrant (formerly Columbia Hospital) and Floors 4 & 5 of the Pavilion (next to Klotsche Center) are reserved for student parking only. Parking is free to students with a valid UWM Student ID & Red Parking Sticker (required to enter the garage). Northwest Quadrant surface parking lots are available (parking rates apply) to the public, visitors, faculty and staff.

Parking Rates

Current On Campus Parking Rates are available online! Follow the link for information about parking rates at UWM.


U-PASS is your pass to cash! Pick up your U-PASS at the Parking & Transit Office on the ground floor of the Student Union and take advantage of its many perks today. U-PASS is already paid for in your student fees: You just need to pick it up! With U-PASS or M-Card, UWM students get unlimited rides on the Milwaukee County Transit System. Just show it to the driver along with a valid student ID when you get on board.

Shuttle to School of Freshwater Sciences!

UWM will be providing shuttle bus service from the Kenwood Campus (Union & Golda Meir Library) to the School of Freshwater Sciences at 600 E Greenfield Avenue. The shuttle schedule is arranged around classes scheduled at the school and will run at different times Mondays through Thursdays. The shuttle schedule can be accessed from the link on this page (upper right).


+ MCTS Remains Committed to Avoiding a Transit Strike
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is encouraging the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 to stay on the job. ATU leaders say they may go on strike Wednesday, despite a new contract proposal from MCTS that would increase bus drivers and mechanics pay.
+ MCTS Offers Contract Proposal to Drivers Who Have Threatened to Strike
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) presented a four-year contract offer to the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 today that will increase bus driver pay and lower their pension contribution.
Summer is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to visit Miller Park. Fans of all ages can get out of the house, enjoy the warm weather, and make memories as they cheer on the Brewers!
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is making it easier than ever to explore and enjoy summer. From routes that get to your favorite music fest or a friends barbeque, to a relaxing day at the pool or the sunset in the park - this summer - MCTS Takes You There!
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will be heading out into the community beginning on Friday, May 1st to continue distribution of the GO Pass to eligible riders.
+ The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Offers Free MCTS Rides for EVERYONE on April 28th
Rides on all MCTS buses will be free for everyone on April 28, 2015 thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
Getting to Miller Park to cheer on the Brewers has never been easier with the MCTS Brewers Line getting you straight to the game.
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will begin handing out the free transit pass, known as the GO Pass, to eligible riders on March 31st.
After giving away more than 79,000 MCTS M•CARDs over the past year, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will begin charging $2 per card on April 6th. The $2 fee is a one-time charge for the reusable smart card; after that, customers only pay for the fare that is put on it. All customers get a free 90-minute transfer when they use their MCTS M•CARD.
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.