MILWAUKEE TRANSIT ROUTES

CONCISE HISTORY

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.

In 2012 and 2015 and 2019, several routes were restructured, included with some routes identified by color names. Those routes are listed with the most closely associated route numbers.

In recent years, routes 18, 20, 52, 58, 68 were discontinued and combined with other routes, later restored as separate routes.

Route 34 Hopkins-Congress, introduced 6/6/21, replaced branches of various routes which historically were streetcar routes.

Service on Brown Deer had existed as an extension by MCTS of the 60th St. route (formerly route 76) turning west, and a Brown Deer Shuttle route 276 which existed from 3/22/2015 to 1/5/2020. Route 88 Brown Deer was introduced 6/6/2021.


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  Former  Route
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses  Discontinued  Route        Route   Renumbered
                                     Introduced  Introduced           Number       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   12/22/18    none
 (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  Former  Route
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses  Discontinued  Route        Route   Renumbered
                                     Introduced  Introduced           Number       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
 11  Hampton                      New Bus          9/ 1/25                          12      6/ 6/2021
 12  Teutonia (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    1/ 5/20    none
(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         23      8/29/2021    
 18  National (West Allis)        New Bus          1/ 8/29    1/29/12    54         54      8/29/2021    
 18  Greenfield (West Allis)  11/18/55  11/18/55   6/20/65    1/29/12    56         56      8/29/2021    
 19  M.L.King-13th St.        10/10/48  10/10/48   6/20/65
 20  S. 20th St.               9/ 8/40   9/ 8/40   9/ 1/63    3/23/08    19         19      3/ 7/2021
 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    Now BlueLine
(27) 27th St.                 10/17/54            10/17/54    Now PurpleLine
 28  108th St.                    New Bus          9/ 2/79

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

 30  Downer/Maryland           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
 34  Hopkins                  12/17/99            10/17/54                          80      6/ 6/2021
 34  Congress                     New Bus        1950's/60's                        23      6/ 6/2021
 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    1/ 5/20    none
 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  Former  Route
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses  Discontinued  Route        Route   Renumbered
                                     Introduced  Introduced           Number       Number

(50) Morgan                       New Bus          1/31/66    6/  /19    none
 51  Oklahoma                     New Bus         11/ 1/25
 52  Clement                      New Bus          9/11/22   12/ 2/01    15         15      1/29/2012
 53  Lincoln                      New Bus          3/25/33
 54  Mitchell-Burnham             New Bus          4/17/20
(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  S. 43rd St.                  New Bus          8/29/2021
 57  Walnut-Appleton              New Bus          4/11/26
 58  Villard                      New Bus          9/ 1/25   12/ 2/01    80         80      6/ 6/2021
(59) North Milwaukee              New Bus         10/14/27   11/18/51    12
(59) Mill Rd.                     New Bus          1/30/67       2009    none
 60  S. 60th-W. Grange            New Bus          5/ 4/30                          64      8/29/2021    
 60  N. 60th                      New Bus          1/ 3/44                          76      8/29/2021    
(61) Hampton-35th St.             New Bus          5/15/32    1/ 1/36    56
(61) Hampton-107th St.            New Bus          9/ 4/62       2009    none
(61) Appleton-Keefe               New Bus          1/18/15    1/ 5/19    22,57
(62) Capitol Dr.                  New Bus          7/ 1/29    Now RedLine
(63) Fox Point                    New Bus          3/16/31   12/30/62    15
 63  Silver Spring Dr.            New Bus          9/ 3/78
(63U)Silver Spring UBUS           New Bus             1995    5/  /04    none
(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
 66  Burleigh                     New Bus          2/16/28                          60      8/29/2021    
 68  Port Washington              New Bus          7/16/34    1/29/12    63         63      3/ 7/2021
(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 St.                  New Bus         10/10/38    6/12/81    none
(75) Greenfield                   New Bus          6/ 3/39    4/ 2/72    18
 76  S. 70th St.-S. 76th St.      New Bus          1/ 3/44
 76  N. 76th St.                  New Bus          3/16/31                          67      8/29/2021    
(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
 81  Amazon-Oak Creek             New Bus         10/11/2020
(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    6/  /19    none
(86) Nathan Hale West             New Bus          9/ 7/65    6/  /04    none
(87) Nathan Hale East             New Bus          9/ 7/65    6/  /19    none
(88) Cudahy                       New Bus          9/ 2/69    6/  /19    none
 88  Brown Deer                   New Bus          6/ 6/2021
(89) St. Francis                  New Bus          9/ 2/69    6/  /19    none
 92  S. 84th St.-92nd St.         New Bus          3/16/31                          67      8/29/2021    

Route   Route          Streetcars    Trolley-    Motor  Route         Replacement  Former  Route
Number  Name           Discontinued  Buses       Buses  Discontinued  Route        Route   Renumbered
                                     Introduced  Introduced           Number       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 Correction         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    1/ 5/20    none
(223) Park Place-Bradley Woods    New Bus          3/28/11    1/ 5/20    none
(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    1/ 5/20    none
(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.