Parking & Transit News
Capitol & Humboldt, School of Freshwater Sciences, and School of Public Health Shuttle buses will stop running after May 17th, 2013. Shuttle buses only run when classes are in session. Shuttle bus service would resume September 3rd, 2013.
Pedestrian bridge to be closed and parking spaces eliminated
To facilitate construction of the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, several changes are coming to the southwest quadrant of the UWM Kenwood Campus. The following changes will be made starting on Monday, Aug. 20:
- 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).New! Monthly Parking @ Pavilion Garage, $60-
Effective April 1st. 2012, 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
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.
New 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).
- Stroller Area to Expand to More Buses in 2013
- MCTS welcomes passengers of all ages on board buses. Sometimes little ones need an extra set of wheels to get around. Their parents and guardians are encouraged for both safety and convenience reasons to fold
- 100 Reasons to Ride the Bus
- In celebration of Earth Day 2013, we asked customers to give us their Reasons for Riding the Bus. We had a terrific response. Thanks to everyone who participated and as always thank you for riding MCTS!
- How Many Bus Stops Does MCTS Serve? And the winner is...
- On April 9th, 2013 MCTS was proud to participate in the 3rd Annual Milwaukee County Open House. Guests stopped by the Milwaukee County Transit System booth and tried their had at guessing how many bus stops MCTS served.
- Your Favorite Way to Get Around Just Went Mobile
Milwaukee County Transit System, in partnership with the Southeast Wisconsin Transit Systems, just made planning your next bus ride easier. The new Your Other Wheels mobile app will help you find where to buy tickets and plan your next trip on your favorite transit system. You can even see when the next bus is scheduled to arrive at your stop. And you can do it all from your iPhone or Android smartphone.
Find out more about the free app and download it today! http://yourotherwheels.com/app/
Get the iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/your-other-set-of-wheels/id492091632?mt=8
Get the Android app: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.yourotherwheels.mobile
- Ride the Bus to Brewers Home Games!
- Baseball fans can get on board the best ride to Miller Park and avoid traffic and parking hassles. MCTS buses serve all Milwaukee Brewers home games. Catch a Rt. 90 (Miller Park) bus along Wisconsin Avenue and travel directly to the MCTS transit area at Miller Park starting with the season home opener.
- Survey Helps Transit Prepare for New Fare System
- Roughly 400 individuals assisted MCTS by answering a recent online and in-person survey! The comments many left provided excellent insight from the people who matter most – our customers.
- MCTS Bikes on Buses Program Soars Past 100,000 in 2012!
- Already this year, 106,314 passengers boarded a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus with their bike. This is an increase of 55 percent over last year from January to September!
- Hear Our Employees, Community Leaders and Riders Tell Our Story
- Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is an integral component to a vibrant and healthy community and we are proud to tell our story. Our reliability, safety and employee excellence is something we are proud to share with everyone.
- 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.
The following are bus drivers who were spotted doing an excellent job of customer service. It might have been something simple, like giving good directions to a new rider or something extraordinary like, quickly reporting a traffic accident they just witnessed so emergency responders could assist. Each day we receive commendations from MCTS customers, recognizing our drivers for going that extra mile.
The following bus operators are among those who have received the MCTS Operator’s Award of Excellent Customer Service. Maybe one of them you already know and they provided you with excellent transportation! Check back periodically to see more award winning operators and click here to view how to submit commendations.
DathyA Dathy was instrumental in locating an autistic female. The individual, who had boarded the bus she was driving earlier that morning, was reported missing for most of the day. With Dathy’s assistance, Brookfield Police were able to locate her and return her safely to her family. Thanks again for your cooperation and keep up the great work!
JeannieA regular customer reported that Jeannie is the most joyous and wonderful person. She is always in a good mood and when tired passengers board her bus, she brightens their day immediately. She watches and waits for the regular customers to ensure that they make their connection. On February 25, the customer saw another passenger who had to make a bus connection so Jeannie, once again, made a point to get her there on time to ensure she made her connection. Thank you Jeannie, keep up the great work!
The customer reported that Sandra was stuck in heavy traffic on I-94. She first called dispatch and asked about any accidents but it turned out that the backups were most likely due to a construction project. Fortunately, Sandra did a great thing and ended up exiting the expressway and took I-794 over the Hoan Bridge.
The customer was very happy about that because he got to work on time. Thanks for your concern and quick actions, Sandra!