Waukesha Transit Joins Milwaukee Fare Collection System

New technology allows for more streamlined travel and fare capping for riders across the region.

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September 14, 2023, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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The City of Waukesha’s transit system joined the Milwaukee County Transit System’s (MCTS) fare collection system, making it easier for residents to get around the region, reports Graham Kilmer in Urban Milwaukee. “The system’s riders have been able to pay their fares through WisGO since early June, but now Waukesha Metro is making the full switch to WisGo as their only fare collection app.”

The switch allows Waukesha Metro to take advantage of new technologies available in part due to Milwaukee’s bus rapid transit service, which “employs a number of technologies that are new for the transit system, including off-bus fare validators and real-time bus arrival signs.”

The system includes fare capping, which limits the amount charged for daily, weekly, and monthly use. “For example, a rider cannot spend more than $4 a day, $19.50 a week or $72 a month.”

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