MILWAUKEE TRANSIT ROUTES

PAST AND PRESENT

ROUTE NUMBERS

Route numbers for Milwaukee's streetcar and bus routes were first publicly used in 1927, after having been used internally. The lowest numbers were used for suburban routes, streetcar routes began at 10, newly created bus routes began at 50, and interurban routes began at 91.

Two bus routes were originally created as the "Green Bus" routes in 1923. Routes were originally assigned letters and had somewhat different names, "A" was Sherman-Wisconsin, "B" was Washington-Wisconsin, "C" was Prospect-Grand. On 8/14/32, route "C" was combined into route "A" forming the Prospect-Sherman route. And on 4/9/50, the routes were assigned numbers 30 and 31, and the premium fares were dropped.

1964 marked the introduction of the first "Freeway Flyer" routes, numbered in the 40's.

Some of the newly created bus routes numbered above 50 were extensions of streetcar routes. And when the main streetcar routes were converted to buses, those extension bus routes were consolidated into the main former streetcar routes, using the former streetcar route numbers.

After formation of the Milwaukee County Transit System, certain routes were introduced with route numbers below 10, mainly supplementing existing routes and serving special markets. Many of the newly created routes were "UBUS" routes, serving the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. There were also a few "IBUS" routes, serving various industrial areas.

A route restructuring in 2008 resulted in the discontinuance of service on Vliet, at the time route 11. Service was restored on Vliet in 2009, as route 33.

From 12/2/01 to 1/29/12, route 52 Clement was a branch of the 15 Kinnickinnic route, with number 52 unused during that period.

In 2012 and in 2015, several routes were restructured, included with some routes identified by color names. Those routes are listed with the most closely associated route numbers.


SUBURBAN/INTERURBAN RAILWAY ROUTES

Dates are when service was completely discontinued. On certain routes, service was discontinued earlier on certain outer segments.


Route   Route        Route
Number  Name         Discontinued

 2 Wauwatosa Local    6/30/51
 3 South Milwaukee    8/ 3/41

91 Kenosha           12/31/47
92 East Troy          8/14/39
92 Burlington         5/ 2/38
93 Watertown          6/30/51
94 Sheboygan          3/29/48


MILWAUKEE STREETCAR/BUS ROUTES

Most streetcar routes began operation prior to 1897, company records of specific dates were not preserved then. Included are dates of conversion of streetcar routes to buses and trolleybuses.


Route   Route          Streetcars    Trolley-    Motor     Route         Replacement
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses     Discontinued  Route
                                     Introduced  Introduced              Number

 (1) Metrolink Northwest          New Bus             1991       2002    none
 (2) Metrolink Southwest          New Bus             1993   12/ 2/01    none
 (3) Metrolink Bluemound          New Bus             1997       1998    none
 (4B)Burleigh-Bay View            New Bus        late 1980's     2009    none
 (4H)35th-Forest Home             New Bus        late 1980's     2009    none
 (5) Oklahoma UBUS                New Bus          9/ 3/74    8/  /04    none
 (6) Silver Spring UBUS           New Bus          9/ 3/74    9/ 2/80    none
 (6) Oak Creek IBUS               New Bus          3/30/81       1993    none
 (6) QuadGraphics West Allis      New Bus             1995       2005    none
  6  New Berlin Industrial Park   New Bus             2014
 (8) Glendale  IBUS               New Bus          6/17/90       1993    none
 (8) QuadGraphics Sussex          New Bus             1995    6/27/10    none
 (9) Northwest Shuttle            New Bus        late 1980's     1991    none
 (9) Menomonee Falls-Butler       New Bus             1994       2007    none

Route   Route          Streetcars    Trolley-    Motor     Route         Replacement
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses     Discontinued  Route
                                     Introduced  Introduced              Number

 10  Wisconsin (Wells St.)     3/ 2/58             3/ 2/58    Now GoldLine
(10) West Allis                3/ 2/58             3/ 2/58   12/ 2/01    none
(10) Downer                    6/21/53             6/21/53               30
(11) State                    11/26/50            11/26/50       1995    none
(11) Vliet                    11/18/55  11/18/55  12/30/62    3/23/08    33
(11) Holton                    6/27/38  11/20/38   6/14/63    1/29/12    15
 11  Howell                   10/28/56            10/28/56    Now GreenLine
(11) Greenfield               10/ 3/48   2/20/49   6/20/65    1/29/12    56
 12  Teutonia-Hampton (12th)  11/18/51            11/18/51
(13) St. Paul-Michigan         5/21/41   9/14/41   1/30/62    3/  /04    none
(14) Holton                    6/27/38  11/20/38   6/14/63    3/23/08    11
 14  Humboldt                     New Bus 24       3/23/80
 14  Forest Home (Mitchell)   10/ 6/37  10/ 6/37   6/14/63
 15  Holton                    6/27/38  11/20/38   6/14/63
 15  Oakland                  11/15/53  11/15/53  12/30/62    Now GreenLine
 15  Kinnickinnic             11/15/53  11/15/53  12/30/62
(16) Vliet                    11/18/55  11/18/55  12/30/62               11
(16) 6th St.                   6/29/47             6/29/47               80
(17) Walnut-Lisbon            11/26/50            11/26/50               71
 17  Canal                        New Bus             2006
(18) Fond Du Lac              11/18/51            11/18/51               23
(18) National                 11/18/55  11/18/55   6/20/65    1/29/12    23
(18) National (West Allis)        New Bus          1/ 8/29    1/29/12    54
(18) Greenfield (West Allis)  11/18/55  11/18/55   6/20/65    1/29/12    56
 19  M.L.King-13th            10/10/48  10/10/48   6/20/65
 19  S. 16th-S. 20th           9/ 8/40   9/ 8/40   9/ 1/63
(20) S. 16th-S. 20th           9/ 8/40   9/ 8/40   9/ 1/63    3/23/08    19
 21  North Ave.               11/ 8/36  11/ 8/36  12/30/62
 22  Center St.                9/22/41  11/23/41  12/30/62
 23  Fond Du Lac              11/18/51            11/18/51    Part BlueLine
 23  National                 11/18/55  11/18/55   6/20/65    Part BlueLine
 27  27th St.                 10/17/54            10/17/54    Part PurpleLine
 28  108th St.                    New Bus          9/ 2/79

Route   Route          Streetcars    Trolley-    Motor     Route         Replacement
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses     Discontinued  Route
                                     Introduced  Introduced              Number

 30  Downer                    6/21/53             6/21/53
 30  Prospect                     Green Bus        5/ 2/23
 30  Sherman                      Green Bus        6/ 7/23
 31  State                        New Bus 71      12/ 2/35
 31  Highland                     Green Bus        6/ 7/23
 33  Vliet                        New Bus             2009
 35  35th St.                 10/24/37  10/24/37  12/30/62
(39) Timmerman Flyer              New Bus          1/31/83       2010    none
(39U)Timmerman UBUS               New Bus             1994       1995    none
 40  College Flyer                New Bus         12/ 1/75
 40  Holt-Morgan Flyer            New Bus 48       9/10/79
 40U Holt-College UBUS            New Bus          1/19/76
(41U)Watertown Plank UBUS         New Bus          9/ 5/78  late 1980's  none
(42) North Shore Flyer            New Bus          1/ 7/73       2002    none
 42U 6th-Port Washington UBUS     New Bus          8/26/10
 43  Whitnall Flyer               New Bus          4/14/64
 44  National Flyer               New Bus         11/ 6/67
 44  Fair Park Flyer              New Bus 38      12/ 5/83
 44U Fair Park Whitnall UBUS      New Bus 16       1/14/80
(45) Capitol Flyer                New Bus          4/22/68       2000's  none
(45) Watertown Plank Flyer        New Bus 41       3/30/64       2010    79
 46  Loomis-Southridge Flyer      New Bus          7/ 6/70
(47) S. 27th Street Flyer         New Bus          5/17/71       2010    none
(48) Northland-Teutonia           New Bus          8/14/72       2005    none
 48  South Shore Flyer            New Bus        late 1980's
 49  Brown Deer-Northridge        New Bus          8/26/74
 49U Brown Deer UBUS              New Bus             1994

Route   Route          Streetcars    Trolley-    Motor     Route         Replacement
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses     Discontinued  Route
                                     Introduced  Introduced              Number

 50  Morgan                       New Bus          1/31/66
 51  Oklahoma                     New Bus         11/ 1/25
 52  Clement                      New Bus          9/11/22
 53  Lincoln                      New Bus          3/25/33
 54  Mitchell-Burnham             New Bus          4/17/20
 54  National (West Allis)        New Bus          1/ 8/29
(55) North-Wauwatosa              New Bus          8/13/24    7/ 1/51    57
 55  Layton                       New Bus          3/23/80
(56) Fond Du Lac                  New Bus         11/12/28   11/18/51    23
 56  Greenfield               10/ 3/48   2/20/49   6/20/65
 56  Greenfield (West Allis)  11/18/55  11/18/55   6/20/65
 57  Walnut-92nd                  New Bus          4/11/26
(58) Green Bay-Villard            New Bus          9/ 1/25   12/ 2/01    80
(59) North Milwaukee              New Bus         10/14/27   11/18/51    12
(59) Mill Rd.                     New Bus          1/30/67       2009    none
 60  Burleigh                     New Bus          2/16/28
(61) Hampton-35th                 New Bus          5/15/32    1/ 1/36    56
(61) Hampton-107th                New Bus          9/ 4/62       2009    none
 61  Appleton-Keefe               New Bus          1/18/15
 62  Capitol Dr.                  New Bus          7/ 1/29    Part RedLine
(63) Fox Point                    New Bus          3/16/31   12/30/62    15
 63  Silver Spring Dr.            New Bus          9/ 3/78
 63  Port Washington              New Bus          7/16/34
(63U)Silver Spring UBUS           New Bus             1995    5/  /04    none
 64  S. 60th-W. Grange            New Bus          5/ 4/30
(65) West Allis                   New Bus          1/ 8/29    4/ 2/72    18,53
(65) West Allis                3/ 2/58             3/ 2/58   12/ 2/01    none
(66) South Milwaukee              New Bus          3/16/31    2/21/82    15
 67  N. 76th-S. 84th              New Bus          3/16/31
(68) Port Washington              New Bus          7/16/34    1/29/12    63
(69) West Wisconsin               New Bus          9/ 1/35    3/ 1/58    10
(70) Downer                       New Bus          8/20/33    8/16/35    62
(71) State St.                    New Bus         12/ 2/35       1995    31
(72) Harwood                      New Bus         12/ 2/35    2/23/47    71
(73) Keefe-Ardmore                New Bus          8/16/37    3/23/80    24 now 10
(74) East Locust                  New Bus          8/16/37   11/30/41    22
(74) Greendale                    New Bus         10/10/38    3/29/70    35
(74) S. 43rd                      New Bus         10/10/38    6/12/81    none
(75) Greenfield                   New Bus          6/ 3/39    4/ 2/72    18
 76  N. 60th/S. 70th              New Bus          1/ 3/44
(77) Hawley                       New Bus         10/10/44    3/29/70    64
(78) N. 7th St.                   New Bus         10/10/48    4/19/53    68
(78) Brookfield Flyer             New Bus          4/ 1/81  late 1980's  none
(79) S. 16th/S. 20th              New Bus          3/ 2/47    9/ 1/63    20
 79  Menomonee Falls Flyer        New Bus          4/ 1/81
 80  6th St.                   6/29/47             6/29/47
(81) Howell-Layton                New Bus          3/30/47   10/28/56    11
(81) Lake Dr.-Packard             New Bus         10/12/64    9/ 6/77    none
(82) Stevenson-Adler              New Bus          7/ 1/51    3/28/86    65
(83) S. 27th St.                  New Bus         11/18/51   10/17/54    27
(83) Sholes Loop                  New Bus          9/ 4/68    6/ 8/84    none
(83) Wilson Park                  New Bus          6/12/88       1988    none
(84) S. 1st St.                   New Bus         12/30/54    4/ 1/79    none
(84) Frank L. Wright              New Bus          8/29/83    6/  /04    none
 85  Whitman-West                 New Bus          9/ 3/68
(86) Nathan Hale West             New Bus          9/ 7/65    6/  /04    none
 87  Nathan Hale East             New Bus          9/ 7/65
 88  Cudahy                       New Bus          9/ 2/69
 89  St. Francis                  New Bus          9/ 2/69

Route   Route          Streetcars    Trolley-    Motor     Route         Replacement
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses     Discontinued  Route
                                     Introduced  Introduced              Number

(101) Silver Mill-Park Place      New Bus             1992    3/  /04    23
(102) West Loop Shuttle           New Bus             1992    3/  /04    23
(103) East Loop Shuttle           New Bus             1992       1992    none
(103) Granville Woods Shuttle     New Bus             1995       1997    none
(104) Brown Deer Shuttle          New Bus             1991       2002    none
(105) Granville Shuttle           New Bus             1991       1997   104
(106) Falls Industrial Park       New Bus             1997    7/ 1/05    none
(121) Franklin Shuttle            New Bus             1993       1994    none
 137  House of Corrrection        New Bus          3/28/99
 143  Ozaukee County Express      New Bus             2000
(176) Cedarburg Express           New Bus          1/  /01       2001    none
(218) New Berlin Industrial Park  New Bus             2000    1/  /04    Waukesha
 219  Oak Creek Shuttle           New Bus             1997
 223  Park Place-Bradley Woods    New Bus          3/28/11
(227) Franklin Shuttle            New Bus             1997       2003    none
(258) Glendale Industrial Park    New Bus          3/28/99   12/ 2/01    27
(263) Silver Spring Corporate     New Bus             2000   12/ 2/01    none
 276  Brown Deer Shuttle          New Bus          3/22/15
(279) Menomonee Falls Industrial  New Bus             2014    8/27/16    none
(280) Oak Creek Shuttle           New Bus             1993       1994    none
(280) South Milwaukee-Oak Creek   New Bus          3/28/99       2000    none

Exact dates are generally available only until 1986, when the May-June issue of Motor Coach Age provided the most recent history available of the Milwaukee County Transit System. Years of subsequent changes are compiled from a mostly complete collection of MCTS route maps.


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