Milwaukee County Transit System
The Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) provides public transit services through the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). Direct Management and operation of the transit system, including Paratransit services, is provided by Milwaukee Transport Services (MTS), a government corporation established to perform the County's public and governmental function of managing and operating a public transportation system.
MCDOT Transit personnel also prepare the following list of federally assisted transit projects based on the 2017 adopted operating and capital budgets for the Milwaukee County Transit System.
2018 Section 85.21 Application - DRAFT 2017 Section 5307 Program of Projects - Amended
1) How Many Buses Does MCTS Own and Operate?
Currently MCTS operates 405 buses. All MCTS buses are 40'
long, full size buses. The average age of the MCTS fleet
is 7.5 years old. About 340 buses are used at the peak of
weekday morning service, about 330 at the peak of evening service, and
211 during mid-day. One hundred and seventy three buses are used on
Saturdays and 140 are used on Sundays.
2) How Many Miles a Year Does the Average Bus Travel?
In total, MCTS buses travel an amazing 17.5 million miles a year.
That’s roughly 42,000 miles per bus per year. Each weekday, buses
make about 4,100 one-way trips on their assigned routes.
3) How Fuel Efficient Are Buses?
An average MCTS bus gets 4.5 miles per gallon of diesel fuel. Yet, with
just six passengers, a bus can be significantly more fuel efficient than
a car. If a car averaged 25 miles per gallon and traveled five miles
with a single occupant, it would still average 25 passenger miles per
gallon. If a bus traveled the same five miles, it would need 1.06
gallons of fuel. But once a bus had six passengers traveling the same
distance, its fuel economy changes to 28.3 passenger miles per gallon.
All MCTS buses run on diesel fuel and require over 4 million gallons of
Visit the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Website for scheduled route information:
To view the County's webpage on Paratransit Services, CLICK THIS LINK
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