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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
The study is going to understand how transportation systems work today, get input from students, faculty, and staff on ideas for improvements, and then make recommendations for how UWM can improve transit, facilities for cyclists and walkers, and best manage parking.

The next round of on-campus events will be held April 2-3. Please monitor for updates on event schedules.

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 was 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.
  • 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.

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.

Parking Rates

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).


+ MCTS to Host Public Meetings Sept. 9 & 10

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has scheduled two public meetings to describe the new proposed routes stemming from a grant awarded by the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.  At the meetings, the public will learn about the restructuring of several routes and the introduction of three new express routes scheduled to begin January 18, 2015: Wisconsin Ave – UWM Express, Sherman Blvd – Wisconsin Express and 27th Street Express.

Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Central Library in Meeting Room One, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. MCTS bus routes: BlueLine, 10, 12, 23, 30 and 31

Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Milwaukee Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. MCTS bus routes: BlueLine, 22, 23 and 27

The public is encouraged to attend the informational meetings and view displays that describe the new express routes and how local routes will be affected. Passengers of these routes are encouraged to attend: Route 10 (Humboldt – Wisconsin), Route 14 (Forest Home), Route 27 (27th Street) and Route 30 (Sherman-Wisconsin).

MCTS personnel will be present to gather feedback and answer questions.  If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information, visit to view meeting materials, or call (414) 344-4550 and ask for Andrew Tillman. Feedback will be considered through September 17, 2014.

The meeting sites are accessible by wheelchair. With advance notice of five business days, MCTS can make special accommodations for persons with disabilities, limited English speaking ability, or persons needing auxiliary aids or services including interpreters for the public sessions. Call (414) 344-4550 and ask for Andrew Tillman to request special accommodations.

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.

Milwaukee Transport Services, Incorporated, is a private not-for-profit corporation, contracted by Milwaukee County to manage and operate the Milwaukee County Transit System in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Board and the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation since 1975.

Route 6 (New Berlin Industrial Park Express) and Route 279 (Menomonee Falls Industrial Park Express) will begin in late August increasing access to jobs. This was made possible because of a settlement agreement between representatives from the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregation Allied for Hope and Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin with the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
+ Sunday, August 24 Begin MCTS Seasonal Schedule Changes
On Sunday, August 24, 2014 MCTS will begin regular seasonal adjustments on bus routes. More information follows.
+ Real-Time Information now availible on additional routes!
MCTS is excited to let you know that a total of 25 Routes are available on MCTS Real-Time Information!
+ Meet Chuck!
Why don't some people ride the bus? They might not know how. Follow Chuck as he learns how easy it is to make the bus Your Other Set of Wheels.
+ MATC summer school students join M•CARD test group
Starting in May, you may begin seeing more passengers using the new M•CARD on board buses as we expand the M•CARD test group.
+ Take the Route 90 to Cheer on the Brew Crew
Skip the stadium traffic and make it safely to the home plate entrance by taking MCTS Milwaukee Brewers home games during the 2014 season beginning with Opening Day on Monday, March 31
+ MCTS M•CARD Training Available
We know the transition to the new smart card system will be a big change for our riders. To help passengers adjust, MCTS staff will be out in the community training riders on how the new system works.
+ New Technology Progress Update - Updated 4/28/2014
Check here for important updates regarding the new fare system, Real-Time information and the Stop Announcement System.
For more Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) information, trip planning, news, service alerts, schedules, visit the MCTS Website (, or call MCTS at (414)344-6711.