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Transit Center demolition to alter bus routes

The sale and demolition of the Downtown Transit Center means for several MCTS routes that run through Downtown Milwaukee.

The new routes will allow riders improved access to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (Route 12) and a direct route to grocery stores, restaurants and the Lakefront for people living on the west side (Route 33). The new routing also clears up some bus congestion along Wisconsin Avenue.

Beginning August 28, 2016, the following eight routes are being re-routed:

  • Route 12 (Teutonia-Hampton)
  • Route 31 (State-Highland)
  • Route 33 (Vliet Street)
  • Route 42U (6th Street – Port Washington Road UBUS)
  • Route 44 (National Flyer)
  • Route 79 (Menomonee Falls Flyer)
  • Brewers Line (Route 90)
  • Route 137 (House of Correction)

Route 12 (Teutonia – Hampton) – New layover location near Intermodal Station.  Route to operate via N. 6th Street, W. Michigan Street, and N. 5th Street to the Intermodal Station. Passengers traveling east of N. 6th Street will have the option of transferring onto any eastbound bus traveling on Wisconsin Avenue. We recommend transferring at the corner of 12th & Wisconsin (Gesu Church) to a GoldLine, Route 30/30X or Route 14. Transfer wait times will be as little as two minutes.

Route 31 (State – Highland) – New layover location on W. Wells Street near N. 8th Street.  Route to operate via W. Wisconsin Avenue, N. 10th Street, and W. Wells Street to N. 8th Street. Passengers traveling east of N. 8th Street will have the option of transferring onto any eastbound bus traveling on Wisconsin Avenue. We recommend transferring at the corner of 12th & Wisconsin (Gesu Church) to a GoldLine, Route 30/30X or Route 14. Transfer wait times will be as little as two minutes.

Route 33 (Vliet) – New layover location will be on N. Prospect Avenue at Juneau Park.  The route is to operate primarily along Juneau Avenue and E. Kilbourn Avenue to Juneau Park.

Route 42U (6th – Port Washington) – New layover location will be eastbound on W. Wells Street near N. 9th Street.  This route primarily serves MATC Downtown and MATC north in Ozaukee County.  Route to operate via N. 6th Street, W. Wisconsin Avenue, N. 10th Street, and W. Wells Street.

Routes 44 (State Fair Flyer) and 79 (Menomonee Falls Freeway Flyer – New layover location on Kilbourn Avenue.  All existing riders will continue to be able to board at their regular bus stop.

Route 90 (BrewersLine) – New layover location near the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  All existing riders will continue to be able to board at their regular bus stop, and the route will also provide service along N. Water Street and E. Kilbourn Avenue.

Route 137 (House of Correction) – New layover location on W. Wells Street & N. 9th Street.  All riders going to the House of Correction will need to board across the street from their current stop. Passengers going to the House of Correction will board at eastbound stops on Wisconsin Avenue. Passengers going to Downtown will get off the bus at westbound stops on Wisconsin Avenue.

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