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Oct 27,2015

UPASS - Student bus cards

On Oct, 19, there were several thousand UPASS cards deactivated, MCTS reactivated the valid cards that week. If you are still having issues with your card not working, please stop by the Parking & Transit office in the Union building, we can issue you a new card. Valid student ID required.
Oct 27, 2015

Parking changes - Pay by Space to Pay by Plate

Parking & Transit is transitioning to a paperless permit system, during this change:

  • We will enable the use of phone technology to pay for parking (
  • Change from pay by space to pay by plate at all Parkeon pay machines
    • Users won't be asked to enter their space #, it will ask for the license plate #.
  • Eliminate paper permits and use the license plate as a permit
  • All permits will be virtual permits, meaning the license plate will become the permit for each account.

Oct 16, 2015

Student Parking Permits

Permits are available on a monthly basis for parking at the Northwest Quad and Pavilion garages. The cost varies from $50-$75. Advance sales are sold out for November, but there will be additional November permits available for sale on Oct 29th & 30th. Quantities are limited and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Stop by the Parking & Transit office in the Union building or call 414-229-4000 for more details.
Oct 6, 2015


With Transit & Parking Reimbursement accounts, you are able to use pre-tax contribution dollars to pay for qualified work-related commuting and/or parking expenses:
  • Transit: Public Transportation 
  • Parking: Parking lots, garages, etc.
You can save on your commuting and parking costs by using pre-tax dollars. Click for more info.

Sep 22, 2015

Employee Commuter Value Pass (CVP) changes

Starting October, 2015, employees who sign up for CVP will be charged on a monthly basis until May 31. There are two options to pay, 1. Payroll deduction 2. Parking & Transit office before the start of the month. Employees may sign up anytime, but anyone that signs up after the 2nd business day of each month is not eligible to start using the CVP until the following month. Payments must be made prior to the start of the month, failure to do so will result in a $10 late fee. The exception to this is payroll deduction. Employees may cancel anytime, but there will be a $10 admin fee to anyone that cancels the CVP and signs up within 90 days.


Aug 27, 2015

Staff/Faculty sign up for discounted parking rates with Parkmobile

In its efforts to bring the latest in parking technology to the UWM Campus, Parking and Transit now offers pay-by-phone parking in more than 20 lots. To view the locations,click here.

To take advantage of pay-by-phone parking, create a free account online at Once registration is complete, download one of their free apps for iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry. The Parkmobile app may also be downloaded onto any tablet.

To start a parking transaction with the app, key in the zone number found on the meter sticker or nearby Parkmobile signage in the lot. If your space has a number you will enter it next.  Then, select the amount of time you wish to park, touch the start button to confirm the transaction, and you're all set!

Learn more about how to use Parkmobile.

Parkmobile also sends an alert fifteen minutes before time expires so you can extend your parking transaction, where available*, where ever you are, meaning gone are the days when you will need to hurry back to feed the meter or pay station.





Aug 19, 2015

InCar Meters - Update

The use of InCar Meters is being discontinued, as the transition to the mobile payment solution ( occurs. For a limited time (till 9/30), customers are allowed to add funds to their InCar meter, after 12/31/15, InCar meters will not be allowed. See the location map for the lots where the InCar Meter can be used. There is no free parking on Saturdays with InCar meters, it must be on. The discounted InCar Meter rates only apply to the locations on the map, the use of InCar Meters outside these locations is not allowed.


July 17, 2015

Fall UPASS Information

If you are a returning spring or summer student with a MCard (bus pass), your card will be automatically activated for the fall semester (valid 8/17/15). If you are a new or transfer student, you will need to stop at the Parking & Transit office (after 8/17/15) to get a MCard to use on the Milwaukee County Transit System. UPASS requires a student ID to pick-up and ride MCTS. If you are a returning student and lost your MCard, their will be a $15 replacement fee.

  • UPASS is a semester-long bus pass that can be used on any MCTS bus route. The cost is part of your segregated fees, so there is no additional charge when you pick it up or use it.
  • Use your U-PASS to travel for any purpose and to any route destination. It’s good at any time on any day, including weekends, holidays and even during breaks and recess periods.
  • Your U-PASS is good on all MCTS and 143 Ozaukee County Express Freeway Flyer routes.
  • Get real-time bus arrival information:


    July 17, 2015

    Sign up for Bike share.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1st year free to UWM students



    July 16, 2015


    Student Fall Semester Parking Permits

    Permits for the fall semester are now available for sale. There are 3 choices for students at two garages - Northwest Quad & the Pavilion. NWQ 24/7 allows overnight parking 7 days a week at a cost of $75/month. NWQ ($50/month) and Pavilion ($50/month) offer parking between 5 am - 2 am. In addition, residents of Sandburg may purchase fall semester parking permits for $550. All permits are available for sale at the Parking & Transit office, all new parkers
    must complete a parking application. For more info, call 414-229-4000 or


    July 7, 2015

    Student Parking Changes - NWQ & Pavilion

    UWM Parking Changes Statement:

    In an effort to enhance the attractiveness of sustainable transportation modes, increase pedestrian and bicycle safety on campus, and improve availability of parking spaces for those who must drive, the Student Association, at the request of the Parking and Transit Office and of the Nelson NygaardParking and Transportation Study decided to decrease funding to subsidized parking, a service that all students were paying approximately $1.3 million for, or about $1,500 per parking spot. By subsidizing parking with this very large amount of money, driving was incentivized, even for those that wouldn’t use it otherwise. This causes large logistical problems for those that needed it most but couldn’t find parking. Originally, the Student Association decided to reduce the money allocated for parking after the 2015-2016 academic year; however, the looming budget cuts projected for UWM forced the Student Association to make these reallocations sooner than expected. The most up to date parking prices can be found here: .

    Nonetheless, this policy decision will positively impact campus in several ways. For instance, reallocations encourage students living in the neighborhood surrounding campus to bus, bike, or walk, thus helping to improve the convenience of parking for UWM students who live a driving distance from campus or have other extenuating circumstances and must drive. One of the biggest student complaints received was that there was no spaces left for those commuting many miles away in the parking garages. Students were paying $1.3 million for parking designed to help students from far away, but those students weren’t actually getting to use those spots. Part of The Office of Parking and Transit’s assessment included looking at other schools’ parking system, and they found we were one of the very few urban universities in the country to offer “free” parking. The system was unsustainable.

    This policy change will advance the UWM transportation system forward into the 21st century cultivating a more modern and sustainable transportation culture for UWM students today, tomorrow and in years to come. Ultimately, the decrease in funding will assist UWM to provide parking for those who truly need it, while making strides to become a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly campus. We’d love to answer any questions at

    On that note, UWM is excited to announce a new partnership with Bublr bikes! This is a bikeshare program that will be completely free for students in the first year. Six stations will be placed around campus and be integrated into Milwaukee's already thriving system of bikes right on UWM's campus, to go live by the end of August. Exploring Milwaukee and getting around quickly could never be easier, or cheaper for students. Again, we'd love to answer any questions at


    June 30, 2015

    Alternative Transportation Options to UWM

    Car Share/Ride Share

    • Zimride is a rideshare service where you can plan a trip and use social media to find a carpool to get to where you need to be. With Zimride, you can find UWM friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are. UWM Zimride helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don't have a car, find rides where you need to go.
      By logging on, you can view all the trips that come to and from UWM. There hundreds of rides coming to UWM and all over Milwaukee every day. Zimride is partnered with UWM to make your experience easy, so your UWM account is already loaded into Zimride. You can activate your account any time by just logging in.
      Who can use this site?
      UWM Zimride is restricted to students, staff & faculty and requires an ePantherID to gain access.
    Private Transportation


    Biking at UWM:

    Oak Leaf Trail:



    May 18, 2015

    Log your bike mileage!

    Join your fellow Panthers in proving that UWM logs the most miles by bike in the City of Milwaukee by visiting the League of American Cyclists Town-Gown Showdown website to register as a UWM rider today!


     May 11, 2015

    Staff/Faculty Parking Changes - Why? 



    April 13,2015

    Message Regarding Inappropriate Use of U-PASS M-Cards

    MCTS has become aware of occurrences by U-PASS card holders not using the pass appropriately. 

    The U-PASS M-Card is to be used by the card holder only.  When the card holder boards the bus, the card must touch the farebox, then their student ID must be shown to the operator (driver) for validation.  If the picture on the ID card is not the same as the person presenting the card to the operator, or the U-PASS holder fails to show their student ID to the driver, the occurrence is recorded by the farebox.  After several times of misuse, the card maybe or will be blocked.

    If the farebox displays “Invalid Pass” upon boarding, the card was likely tagged as being misused and has been blocked. The U-PASS holder will have to get a new pass and pay a replacement fee. It may take a few days to receive the new U-PASS M-Card.   

    Please be mindful that MCTS is taking measures to prevent misuse of all cards.  The U-PASS program is a great student benefit that is for the student only, it may not be sold to others.



    March 24, 2015 

    P-K Charge Slip Enforcement

    The Office of Parking & Transit has witnessed a recent increase of P-K charge slips in circulation that are not properly validated.  In an effort to protect campus resources, Parking & Transit will be strictly enforcing P-K charge slip authorization.

    All P-K charge slips must have both a date and departmental signature to be valid.  P-K charge slips without these items will no longer be accepted by pay booth attendants under any circumstance beginning Wednesday, April 6.


    March 19, 2015  

    UPASS Cards - Keep Them Don't Toss Them

    Retain your current UPASS M-CARD!  Current cards will be re-activated for all enrolled students beginning in September 2015.  Keep your card to avoid registration lines and a $15 lost card fee which will be administered for replacement cards.

    Request UPASS M-CARD activation for Summer Session 2015 by e-mail ( or by visiting the Parking & Transit Office. Active Summer Session enrollment required to be eligible.  To reactivate the card you will need to provide:

    1. First and Last Name
    2. 9-Digit UWM Student ID Number
    3. MCTS M-CARD ID Number
     MCARD ID#



    Wisconsin Coach Lines - NEW

    During the Fall and Spring semesters, students and staff that present a valid UWM U-PASS or UWM Faculty ID (with a Commuter Value Pass) will be able to ride at no cost to and from the UWM Campus on Waukesha 901, 904*, and 905* routes.

    *On some 904 & 905 routes a transfer is needed to complete the trip to or from the UWM campus. Transfers are made on the southwest corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Cass Streets in downtown Milwaukee. Ask your driver for details. This agreement does not extend during the summer and winter breaks.


    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 is looking 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 helping to understand how transportation systems work today, gain 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.

    Please monitor for updates on event schedules, leaving your feedback, and reading that of others.



    + Help the Less Fortunate this Holiday Season and Stuff the Bus
    Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will be at the store at noon helping to collect food and encouraging people to donate nonperishable food items.
    + MCTS Launches the FAVRE LINE to Honor Packers Legend
    The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is honorarily renaming the popular GreenLine - the FAVRE LINE in honor of Favre. The honorary renaming will last for one week, from November 19th until Thanksgiving, when the Packers retire Favre’s jersey during a ceremony at Lambeau Field.
    + MCTS Launches Another Upgrade for Riders
    1-Day Pass Available to Buy on the Bus Beginning Sunday, November 15, 2015.
    + MCTS and ATU Local 998 Reach Contract Agreement
    ATU Local 998 members voted 81% on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, to approve a new three-year labor contract.
    + MCTS Drops Part-time Driver Requirement, Asks Union to Vote Again
    On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm sent a letter to ATU Local 998 asking them to re-vote on the company's contract offer. Boehm said the company will remove the part-time driver portion of the contract.
    + MCTS Drops Part-time Driver Requirement, Asks Union to Vote Again
    On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm sent a letter to ATU Local 998 asking them to re-vote on the company's contract offer. Boehm said the company will remove the part-time driver portion of the contract.
    + MCTS Drops Part-time Driver Requirement, Asks Union to Vote Again
    On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm sent a letter to ATU Local 998 asking them to re-vote on the company's contract offer. Boehm said the company will remove the part-time driver portion of the contract.
    + MCTS Drops Part-time Driver Requirement, Asks Union to Vote Again
    On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 MCTS Managing Director Dan Boehm sent a letter to ATU Local 998 asking them to re-vote on the company's contract offer. Boehm said the company will remove the part-time driver portion of the contract.
    + MCTS asks Union Members to Seriously Consider Contract Offer
    The contract offer comes after months of meetings between MCTS, ATU and the Federal Mediator. The contract offer includes millions of dollars in increased wages, a top-tier health care plan and numerous concessions requested by the union.
    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.