Milwaukee County Transit System

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On May 1st, the Milwaukee County Transit System began visiting senior and community centers so more people could apply for a GO Pass.

The program launched March 31, 2015 and allows all Milwaukee County residents over age 64, and residents with disabilities as defined by the Federal Transit Administration, to ride the bus for free.

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There are a couple upcoming changes in the Milwaukee County Transit System. This week, seniors and people with disabilities can get free passes. Next week, some riders will face a new charge.

If you pay cash to ride the county bus, you pay $4.50 for a round trip. Right now, county residents who are 65 or older and people with disabilities pay half the regular fare.

But even that’s unaffordable for many, according to Milwaukee County Board Chairperson Marina Dimitrijevic.

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The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is expected next week to consider final approval of a program that would provide free bus rides to an estimated 30,000 disabled and senior riders a year on Milwaukee County Transit.

If it’s approved, the GO Pass program would go into effect at the beginning of April. The County’s Transportation director, however, has recommended a three-month delay in implementing the program to allow for broader distribution of passes.

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The Milwaukee County Transit System has made changes to routes and technology in recent years, but questions about its stability remain. 

Essay: The Zen on a City Bus

Aug 1, 2014
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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. 

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.

Why Did Milwaukee Get Rid of its Streetcars?

Oct 30, 2013
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Late last week, a contract for the operation of the Milwaukee County Transit System was extended for an additional year. 

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.

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. 

Dallas Company Could Soon Run Milwaukee Transit

Sep 18, 2013
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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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