Parking & Transit News
UWM Focuses on Transportation and Parking Issues
With changes to the main campus, emergent satellite campuses, more housing options, and a dynamic student body, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee continues to face transportation challenges for the 30,000+ people a day it serves. Parking, bus service, and even bicycle parking are among the more challenging issues faced daily by students, staff, and faculty.
In Fall 2013, UWM hired an interdisciplinary transportation consultant team to kick-off a comprehensive parking and transportation study. This effort will look closely at all of the transportation needs of UWM, from all perspectives, and will include reviews of:
- Parking location, pricing and eligibility
- Shuttle services - who they serve and how well
- Bicycling - how do we build off recent campus successes
- MCTS - how can it work better for UWM
- Alternative Transportation - how do we take advantage of all options
As part of a dynamic outreach effort - UWM hosted a Transportation Week on campus from November 19-21 in 2013 to hear from the campus community! Watch for details on campus and follow along at #UWMmoves via Twitter.
There are a few ways to give your feedback - all are encouraged to participate!
- Tell us how you get around by mapping your trip
- Give us the details on what works for you and what can be improved on an open comment board
- Tell us what you want to see with a quick survey
- Take pictures or videos of your favorite (and least favorite) transportation and parking elements and tweet them using #UWMmoves - prize(s) for best entries
Pedestrian bridge is closed and parking spaces have been eliminated.
To facilitate construction of the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, several changes were made to the southwest quadrant of the UWM Kenwood Campus. The following changes occurred in August of 2012:
- The pedestrian bridge over Maryland Avenue will be closed because its west side is in the construction zone. Pedestrian traffic across Maryland is being rerouted to the existing crosswalks at the corner of Kenwood and Maryland, and north of Lubar and Lapham Halls.
- About 125 parking spaces, approximately half of the current total, will be permanently eliminated from the lot between the Kunkle Center (which houses the UWM Children’s Center) and four nearby science buildings (Lapham Hall, Chemistry Building, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Building, and Physics Building).
- The existing entrance to this parking lot along Kenwood Boulevard will be closed and a new entrance will be opened further west along Kenwood.
- The back (north side) entrance to the Kunkle Center will no longer be a primary entrance to the building and will only be used as an emergency exit. The parking spaces near this door are among those being eliminated.
- The south entrance doors to Lapham Hall will be closed.
The Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs, which oversees the departments of Campus Planning and Parking & Transit that are coordinating these changes, asks all university community members to please be cautious of construction trucks and equipment in this area of campus. The division also offers these alternatives and recommendations for faculty, staff and students who usually park in the Kunkle/Science lot:
- Faculty/Staff: There will be a limited number of parking spaces in the Kunkle/Science lot. Parking will also be available for those with regular (often called hunting) permits in the Cunningham, Engelmann, Zelazo, Pavilion and Northwest Quadrant surface lots.
- Patrons of the Children’s Center: Please park vehicles along Kenwood Boulevard for drop-off and pick-up.There will be a limited number of parking spaces in the lot near the Kunkle Center for those unable to find spaces on Kenwood.
- Students: There will be a limited number of parking spaces in the Kunkle/Science lot.Limited parking will be available in the EMS, Union, and Northwest Quadrant garages, as well as the lower level of the Pavilion parking garage and the Cunningham surface lot.
Please direct questions about these changes to the appropriate department: Campus Planning, 414-229-4683; Parking & Transit, 414-229-4000; and Children’s Center, 414-229-5384.
The Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex will be built on the northwest corner of Maryland and Kenwood. It will address UWM’s most urgent science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) academic and research needs. A multi-phase project, the first phase will be a 150,000-square-foot building comprised of research labs, core science facilities, instructional and collaboration space, and office and support space.
The UWM Children’s Center will eventually be moved from the Kunkle Center to its new home being created in the Northwest Quadrant of UWM (formerly known as the Columbia Hospital campus).Monthly Parking @ Pavilion Garage, $60; Faculty/Staff can purchase $60 monthly parking permit for the Pavilion Garage, good on the third level only, no refunds, no replacement, no pre-tax or payroll deduction and can purchase no more than four months at a time.
UWM: Best Workplace for Commuters
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been designated as one of the BEST Workplaces for commuters by the National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida for meeting the National Standard of Excellence for outstanding commuter benefits. These benefits promote energy conservation by reducting traffic congestion and related air pollution.
The Capitol / Humboldt UPARK lot is the only UPARK lot available.
Northwest Quadrant Parking Garage & Levels 4 and 5 of the Pavilion Garage Basement
The parking structure located at the Northwest Quadrant (formerly Columbia Hospital ) is reserved for student parking only. Parking is free to students with a valid UWM Student ID (required to enter the garage). Northwest Quadrant surface parking lots are available (parking rates apply) to the public, visitors, faculty and staff.
Current On Campus Parking Rates are available online! Follow the link for information about parking rates at UWM.
U-PASS is your pass to cash! Pick up your U-PASS at the Parking & Transit Office on the ground floor of the Student Union and take advantage of its many perks today. U-PASS is already paid for in your student fees: You just need to pick it up! With U-PASS, UWM students get unlimited rides on the Milwaukee County Transit System. Just show it to the driver when you get on board.
Shuttle to School of Freshwater Sciences!
UWM will be providing shuttle bus service from the Kenwood Campus (Union & Golda Meir Library) to the School of Freshwater Sciences at 600 E Greenfield Avenue. The shuttle schedule is arranged around classes scheduled at the school and will run at different times Mondays through Thursdays. The shuttle schedule can be accessed from the link on this page (upper right).
- Get your clan home safe on St. Patrick's Day with Miller Lite Free Rides
- Thanks to Miller Lite, MCTS will provide free rides on Monday, March 17, 2014.
- New Technology Progress Update - Updated 2/28/2014
- Check here for important updates regarding the new fare system, Real-Time information and the Stop Announcement System.
- MCTS Award Winning Operators
- We are proud that our bus drivers provide safe and courteous transportation every day of the year. It is time that we recognize the efforts that are made, especially when someone goes above and beyond.
- Route 31 to Detour when Watertown Plank Road Closes - Updated 1/2/2013
- Route 31 (State – Highland) will detour due to a long term closure of Watertown Plank Road between 92nd Street and Innovation Drive/Swan Boulevard.
- Who is MTS?
- Milwaukee Transport Services, Incorporated (MTS) is a private not-for-profit corporation, contracted by Milwaukee County since 1975 to manage and operate the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Board and the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation.
- MCTS Adds Fifty-Five New Clean Diesel Buses
- Passengers on MCTS buses will experience more of that “new bus smell” on their rides this year. The first of the fifty-five new clean diesel buses have arrived and will be in service soon.
- Real-time Tracking Status Update
- Milwaukee County Transit System wants to clarify a few recent misunderstandings about the real-time bus tracking that will be coming our way. Real-time will enable passengers to track exactly where their bus is and when it is predicted to arrive at their stop through a computer or smartphone.
- How to Commend Your MCTS Operator
Each month, the Milwaukee County Transit System receives dozens of messages from riders who appreciate their bus driver. Customer service is important, so we want to recognize drivers who go above and beyond. Maybe you had a nice experience with an MCTS bus operator which you think the company should know about?
Whether its holding the bus for a late customer, giving directions to an unfamiliar place or providing extra assistance to a passenger in need, you can report such positive actions to our Customer Service Department. Commendations will go on the employees record and they will be eligible for a customer service award.
Passengers can give commendations through the following methods:
- RideMCTS.com Commendations Form
- By calling the Customer Comments Line at 414-937-3218, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- By tweeting @RideMCTS
Please have the following information available:
- Description of the good deed
Additional information, such as the four-digit bus number, description of the driver (gender, etc.), or operator name is also helpful.