Milwaukee County Transit System
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MCTS Serves German Fest

Traffic and parking are a breeze when you ride the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Straight to the Gate of German Fest.

By - Jul 25th, 2012 08:05 pm

Traffic and parking are a breeze when you ride the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Straight to the Gate of German Fest. MCTS offers two easy ways to the festival, held July 26-29, 2012 at Henry Maier Festival Park: Shuttle service along Wisconsin Avenue and Freeway Flyers from five park-ride lots.


Shuttles provide service roughly every 30 minutes from 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm on Thursday, July 26; 2:30 pm to 11:30 pm on Friday, July 27; 11:30 am to 11:30 pm on Saturday, July 28; and 9:30 am to 10:30 pm on Sunday, July 29. Buses operate in both directions along Wisconsin Avenue, except where the bus detours to travel along Michigan Street during the Milwaukee River Bridge construction (see map). When traveling to German Fest, the Shuttle stops between N. 6th Street and N. Jackson Street, then proceeds directly to the Mid Gate. Stops are made at all bus stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo.


Festival-goers can catch a Freeway Flyer from, Brown Deer East (Brown Deer Road, west of I-43), College (College Avenue, at I-94), Holt (Holt Avenue, west of I-94), State Fair Park (I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney Street) and Watertown Plank Road (west of US Hwy. 45) Park-Ride Lots (see map). Service operates every half-hour on the half-hour and the hour. Service is provided during all hours of the festival, beginning a half-hour before the event and ending a half-hour after the event.


MCTS also serves downtown with numerous local routes from all over Milwaukee County. Many local routes connect with the Shuttle.


There will be no Ozaukee County Express service to German Fest in 2012.


Shuttles are $3.00 round trip for adults and $1.50 for children (6-11 years), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. MCTS Freeway Flyers round-trip fare is $6.50 for adults and $3.00 for children ages (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Riders with a Weekly or Monthly Pass add $2.00. Regular MCTS fares apply for travel on the local routes. Also, on both the Shuttle and Freeway Flyer, U-PASS, Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.

Customers can find additional information and suggested routing via Google Trip Planner by visiting, or by calling the 24-hour automated bus information line at 414-344-6711.

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