MCTS Is Your Ride to Summerfest
Traffic and parking are a breeze when you ride to Summerfest on the bus!
Traffic and parking are a breeze when you ride to Summerfest on the bus! The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) offers several choices for an easy and convenient ride to Summerfest. Take a bus or drive downtown (and park at one of many parking lots) and then take the Shuttle to the Summerfest North Gate. Those farther out can park at one of eight park-ride lots and take a Freeway Flyer to the Summerfest Mid Gate. Don’t forget those traveling from north of Milwaukee can take the Ozaukee County Express, too.
The Shuttle operates Downtown from 11:30 am to 12:30 am every day during Summerfest and provides service to the North Gate. Bus service runs every 10 minutes. Buses operate in both directions along Wisconsin Avenue (see map below). When traveling to Summerfest, the Shuttle stops between N. James Lovell Street and N. Jackson Street, then proceeds directly to the North Gate. Stops are made at all bus stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo. Several downtown parking lots near Downtown Shuttle stops will be offering discounted special event rates. Details are available at RideMCTS.com.
Round-trip adult cash fare is $3.00 or use an MCTS M•CARD and pay only $2.50 in Stored Value. M•CARD 1-, 7- or 31-day passes also work as Round-trip fare on the Shuttle. Children (6-11) pay a cash fare $1.50 round-trip or use an M•CARD and pay only $1.25 in Stored Value. Riders may also use a Weekly or Monthly Pass or an M•CARD 1-, 7- or 31-Day pass. Passengers pay when boarding the Summerfest Shutle.
MCTS offers 10 regular routes that travel to the downtown area, from there you can connect to a Shuttle.
FREEWAY FLYER SERVICE
Freeway Flyers operate from eight park-ride lots to the Summerfest Main Gate (see map below). Unless otherwise noted, Flyers provide service on weekdays, approximately every 30 minutes from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and approximately every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays service is every 15-20 minutes. Times may be impacted by construction and peak traffic periods.
NEW This Year: There is no Flyer service from the Timmerman Park-Ride Lot.
The following is a list of park-ride lots where you can catch a Flyer
- College (Route 40) College Ave., at I-94 (both lots)
- Brown Deer East (Route 49) Brown Deer Rd., west of I-43
- Holt (Route 47) Holt Ave., west of I-94
- Loomis (Route 47) Loomis Rd., south of Coldspring Rd.
- Ryan Road (Route 41) Ryan Road and I-94
- State Fair Park (Route 44) I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney.
- Whitnall/Hales Corners (Route 43) I-43, east of S. 108th St.
- Burleigh/Mayfair Collection (Route 45) just north of Burleigh Street, east of US Hwy 45 and at 114th Street)
FREEWAY FLYER FARE
Round-trip adult cash fare is $6.50 or use your M•CARD and pay only $4.70 in Stored Value. Children (6-11), pay $3.00 round-trip. Riders with an M•CARD 1-, 7- or 31-Day pass pay only $2.00.
*On both the Shuttle and Freeway Flyer, U-PASS, GO Pass, New Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.
OZAUKEE COUNTY EXPRESS
Ozaukee County Express provides half-hour service from 11:30 am to 12:30 am each day, starting at the Saukville Wal-Mart (Hwy 33/Green Bay Ave.). The bus will depart 13 minutes later from the Target/Home Depot (Hwy 60) in Grafton. Service is every 20 minutes except:
- Weekdays & Saturdays from 5 pm to 9 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm; service increases to approximately every 15 minutes
- Sundays before 1 pm and after 6 pm; service is approximately every half hour
Fare is $7.00 round-trip for adults and $3.50 round-trip for children (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Riders with Weekly or Monthly Pass or an M•CARD 1-, 7- or 31-Day pay only $2.00.
Customers can find additional information and suggested routing via Google Trip Planner by visiting RideMCTS.com, or by calling the 24-hour automated bus information line at 414-344-6711.
Press Releases by Milwaukee County Transit System
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Passengers should expect service delays, especially through the city of Milwaukee.
“I was treated with the utmost respect, and really enjoyed riding the city bus,” said national travel writer John Morris.
The Transit Center property was sold by Milwaukee County to developer Rick Barrett who is redeveloping the land into The Couture project.
The sale and demolition of the Downtown Transit Center means changes for several MCTS routes that run through Downtown Milwaukee.