MCTS Bikes on Buses Program Soars Past 100,000!
Milwaukee, WI – Already this year, 106,314 passengers boarded a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus with their bike.
Milwaukee, WI – Already this year, 106,314 passengers boarded a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus with their bike. This is an increase of 55 percent over last year from January to September! By the end of the year if the increase continues at this level, it is expected the year total could be as high as 140,000.
As a way to thank our customers, any rider who places his/her bike on an MCTS bike rack, will not have to pay a bus fare on Friday, October 5, 2012.
Lloyd Grant, Jr., MCTS Managing Director commented, “It is remarkable to see the steady growth in bike rack use by riders over the last three years. It is a good investment by Milwaukee County that has greatly expanded the benefits of public transit in our community.”
All buses were equipped with bike racks as of August 2009, after it was approved by the Milwaukee County Board. Milwaukee County’s cost (local match) was roughly $20,250 while 95% of the total cost ($384,750) was received through a federal grant.
“As a cosponsor of the resolution seeking federal funding for bike racks, I’m thrilled to see our investment is paying off,” said Chairwoman Dimitrijevic. “Attracting more riders and helping make more intermodal connections are wins for improved traffic patterns and our local environment.”
“I’d like to thank the Milwaukee County bike community for using the Milwaukee County Transit System, for being a great partner and for serving as an example as we look to grow Transit with like-minded groups,” said Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., chair of the Milwaukee County Board Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee. “Bike racks not only help improve the environment, they also attract more riders to MCTS, making them a win-win for the Transit System and the residents of Milwaukee County.”
Comparatively, each month, there has been an increased use over the previous year since the program began.
The higher number of Bikes on Buses this year is not only positive news for MCTS, but it’s great for the community. People are biking as part of their transportation plan, which indicates that many in our area are using habits that promote living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Bike racks make it even easier for MCTS passengers to leave their car at home for their workday commute, head out to explore Milwaukee County Parks and bike trails, or enjoy a bike ride after work.
The Milwaukee County Transit System is a vital service to the community, connecting 45 million riders each year with jobs, schools, shopping, healthcare and recreation in Milwaukee County.