Milwaukee County Transit System

Arts & Culture
2:17 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: The Zen on a City Bus

A ride on the city bus is something everyone should experience.
Credit flickr, Milwaukee County Transit

Although I take public transportation all the time when I’m in New York, I hadn't been on a Milwaukee bus since I got my driver's license at 16.  But half a century later, I’m old enough to get a discounted fare again, so when work took me downtown on a regular basis last winter, I decided to bury my old prejudices and take the bus. 

That was when I discovered the zen of riding the bus. 

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Future Milwaukee Bus System Operator Still Up In The Air

A county board committee Thursday will hear an appeal of the county executive's decision to award an operating contract to a Texas firm.

County Executive Chris Abele has named a Texas company to run the Milwaukee County Transit System, but two other firms are not giving up the fight.

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5:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Why Did Milwaukee Get Rid of its Streetcars?

The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company, opened in 1896, is part of the history of Milwaukee public transit.
Credit Michael Hicks, Flickr

Late last week, a contract for the operation of the Milwaukee County Transit System was extended for an additional year. 

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9:49 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Past and Future of Milwaukee County Transit

Lake Effect talks about the past and future of Milwaukee County Transit with the company that’s operated the system for more than three decades, but could soon find itself displaced.

This summer, the news came out that the for-profit, Texas-based MV Transportation was the chosen bidder to operate the Milwaukee County Transit System.

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Politics & Government
1:42 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

County Board Looking for More Routes, Cheaper Fares from Future Transit Manager

Milwaukee County is looking for a new managerial partner to take over running the county buses.

The future management of the Milwaukee Country Transit system is still in flux.  The for-profit Dallas-based MV Transportation emerged as the leading bidder in the process. 

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Politics & Government
3:07 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Dallas Company Could Soon Run Milwaukee Transit

Milwaukee County buses on Wisconsin Avenue
Credit d76/Flickr

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will soon take up a proposed contract with MV Transportation to run the county’s transit system. 

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Economy & Business
5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Abele Anxious For New Transit Manager to Get Onboard

An exhibit at the Milwaukee Transit Museum shows trackless trolleys coping with the aftermath of a blizzard decades ago.

The Milwaukee County Transit System has revised a few bus routes, as of this week. Meanwhile, county leaders may change which company runs the system.

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2:06 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bill Locher: "It's Much More Than Just Driving a Bus"

A cartoon depiction of Bill Locher's son David - now a driver himself - boarding his dad's bus as a boy.
Credit Bill Locher

Those of us who ride the bus on a regular basis take it for granted that the man – or woman – behind the wheel is going to get us where we’re going safely.  But few of us give much thought to the driver and what he or she does, aside from stopping the bus, opening the doors, and accepting fares.

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