We want to inform residents that the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is proposing new routes starting in 2020-2021. Both options being proposed would eliminate the Wilson Drive stops due to low ridership volume. Stops along Capitol Drive and Oakland Avenue would still remain to provide stops for Shorewood residents.
MCTS planning staff spent months doing a top to bottom comprehensive review of the entire transit system. Planners examined and evaluated every route and bus stop across the service area to look for improvements and opportunities for better service. The overall goal of changing the routes is to increase frequency as well as reduce the overall transfer and travel times for riders.
There are two overall options being proposed. Option 1 has 60% of the service as high frequency (buses come every 15 minutes or better) and 40% as local service (buses come every 20 to 40 minutes). Option 2 has 80% of the service as high frequency and 20% as local service. If you want to see the current system map to compare to the two proposed maps, click here.
MCTS is in the process of hearing from County residents and users to receive feedback on the proposals. A representative from MCTS will be at the Shorewood Village Board meeting December 3 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the new routes proposed and why Wilson Drive stops may be eliminated from the routes. If you are unable to attend the Village Board meeting, there will be an open house session at the Brady Street Firehouse (1693 N. Franklin Pl.) on Thursday, December 6 from 4-7 p.m. to learn more and to provide feedback.
If you want to learn more about this initiative, feel free to visit the MCTS website. Community members are also encouraged to download the Ride MCTS App, which you can learn more information about the App here. Lastly, you can send a message directly to MCTS to provide feedback by clicking here.