Milwaukee County Transit System
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The Best Ride to the Wisconsin State Fair

Traffic and parking are as easy as pie when you ride the bus to Wisconsin State Fair! Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) provides several choices for an easy, convenient and economical ride that will get you straight to the gate. Freeway Flyers and Shuttles operate every day of the Fair, from Thursday, August 6 to […]

By - Jul 21st, 2015 01:34 pm

Traffic and parking are as easy as pie when you ride the bus to Wisconsin State Fair! Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) provides several choices for an easy, convenient and economical ride that will get you straight to the gate. Freeway Flyers and Shuttles operate every day of the Fair, from Thursday, August 6 to Sunday, August 16, 2015.

MCTS local services also provide convenient ways to get to and from the Fair, with stops near State Fair Park entrances.

Changes for this year – Look closely at park-ride lot information.

FREEWAY FLYER SERVICE

Freeway Flyers operate every day of the Fair from 7:30 am until one half-hour after the Fair closes. The last trip leaves the Fair shortly after the Fair closes. Parking is free at park-ride lots. Flyer service operates between the following park-ride lots and the State Fair Transit Center at Gate 4:

Half-hour service:
The following Flyers operate roughly every 30 minutes.

  • College – (Route 40) College Ave, at I-94 (both lots north and south of College)
  • Whitnall/Hales Corners – (Route 43) I-43, east of S. 108th St.
  • Brown Deer East – (Route 49) Brown Deer Rd., west of I-43
  • Loomis – (Route 46) Loomis Rd., north of I-894 and south of Coldspring Rd.

FREEWAY FLYER FARE

Round-trip adult fare is $6.50 or $4.70 when paying with an M•CARD. Children (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID pay $3.00 round-trip cash or with an M•CARD. Riders with a Weekly or Monthly Pass add $2.00. Also, on both the Shuttle and Freeway Flyer, U-PASS, Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Shuttle service to Wisconsin State Fair operates from the Burleigh/Mayfair Collection (just north of Burleigh Street, east of US Hwy 45 and at 114th Street). There will be NO bus service from the Timmerman Field Park-Ride Lot.

Shuttles operate every day of the Fair from 7:30 am until one half-hour after the Fair closes. Parking is free at park-ride lots. Shuttle service operates between the Burleigh/Mayfair Collection Park-Ride lot and Wisconsin State Fair Park Transit Center at Gate 4 roughly every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour.

SHUTTLE FARE

Shuttle round-trip fare is $3.00 for adults or $2.50 when paying with an MCTS MCARD; children (6-11), seniors (65 and older) and persons with disabilities with proper ID, fare is $1.50 round-trip or $1.25 with an M•CARD. Children under age 6 always ride free.

LOCAL SERVICE

Special local service on Route 23 (Fond du Lac – National) buses will operate between Wisconsin Avenue and the State Fair Transit Center at Gate 4. Not all Route 23 buses serve State Fair, so fair-goers should look for Route 23 buses with a “State Fair” destination sign.

Local MCTS Routes 56 (Greenfield Ave.),  67 (N. 76th St.-S. 84th St.) and 76 (N. 60th – S. 70th) also stop near State Fair Park entrances.

Regular fares are in effect for Routes 23, 56, 67 and 76 which are $2.25 for adults or $1.75 with an M•CARD; and $1.10 cash or with an M•CARD for children (6-11), seniors (65 and older) and individuals with disabilities with proper ID.

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.

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