Milwaukee’s First BRT Line Celebrates Grand Opening

The nine-mile route covers the city’s busiest east-west corridor and will offer free rides through the summer.

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June 5, 2023, 8:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Blue Connect 1 bus at nighttime in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A COnnect 1 bus on its inaugural weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. | Milwaukee County Transit System / Connect 1 bus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee celebrated the opening of its first bus rapid transit (BRT) line last weekend, reports Graham Kilmer in Urban Milwaukee. “The system promises faster travel times through a mix of dedicated lanes, traffic signal priority, off-bus ticketing and dedicated stations.”

The nine-mile line uses electric buses, promises headways of 10 to 15 minutes, and will offer free rides until the end of September. The BRT stations feature “glass shelters, elevated platforms, digital signs showing real-time bus arrivals and off-bus fare validators.” Connect 1 runs parallel to Interstate 94.

According to the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), “Ridership will be fueled by activity generators within the half-mile station area around the route including: 9 colleges and universities and 8 high schools, 48,900 residents, 110,700 jobs, 200 businesses with 100 or more employees, 8 medical facilities, 25+ hotels, and countless attractions including the county zoo, American Family Field, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee Art Museum and Summerfest.”

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