About East-West BRT

East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is Milwaukee County’s planned 9-mile, regional, modern transit service connecting major employment, education and recreation destinations through downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee’s Near West Side, Marquette University, Wauwatosa and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. BRT would provide improved access to the region’s most vital, most traveled and most congested corridor.

 

Get Involved!

Upcoming public engagement opportunities include:

  • Neighborhood and stakeholder outreach
  • Public workshops
  • Public open house
  • Email communications

Visit the CONTACT page to submit comments or questions, and sign up to receive public meeting notices.

WHY BRT?

  • BRT plays a vital role in a healthy, multimodal transportation system that connects people to jobs, and businesses to their customers.
  • BRT is cost-effective, efficient and has been proven to increase transit use with improved service frequencies, travel time and reliability.
  • BRT supports and sparks millions of dollars in economic development.
  • BRT meets a critical need to mitigate traffic congestion during the multi-year reconstruction of I-94.

 

Regional Connectivity

BRT is a key part of the regional transportation plan, building on existing Milwaukee County Transit System routes and providing opportunities to spur the development of and connection to additional rapid transit corridors in the region.

Who Will Use BRT?

The East-West BRT will attract between 7,250 and 9,250 new average daily transit riders – a 40 percent increase over existing transit ridership in the corridor. Within the half-mile station area around the preferred route are ...

 

East-West BRT Project Phases

 

How is BRT Funded?

The BRT capital cost is estimated at $42 million to $48 million. The financial plan for the project anticipates the capital cost will be funded up to 80 percent through the federal Small Starts program, which requires a minimum local match of 20 percent.

The day-to-day cost of operating and maintaining BRT is estimated at $3.7 million annually. Operations will be funded as part of the existing Milwaukee County Transit System, which is resourced through fares, state and federal funding.

Key 2017 East-West BRT Project Decisions

In 2016, Milwaukee County completed a Feasibility Study and identified a preferred BRT route for the corridor. In 2017, the county will advance the project through the engineering and development phase and make three key decisions with public and local community input:

  • Lane configuration: Where dedicated lanes will be located and whether they run along the center lane, along the median, the outside lane or curbside.
  • Station locations: Final locations of stations along the route, including placement in the median or road side.
  • Station design: The appropriate size and design of each station for its neighborhood – from urban stations to smaller neighborhood stops.

East-West BRT Project Features

Up to 19 stations connect regional network of major employment centers, education facilities and recreational destinations

Modern, fuel-efficient comfortable, vehicles with features for easy boarding and interior bike storage

Shorter travel times because of dedicated lanes, fewer stops, traffic signal priority and pre-board ticketing

Reduces traffic congestion by removing an estimated 6,700 cars per day from the corridor

More frequent daily service with buses every 10 minutes during peak hours and midday, and every 20-30 minutes in early morning, evening and late-night hours

About East-West BRT

East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is Milwaukee County’s planned 9-mile, regional, modern transit service connecting major employment, education and recreation destinations through downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee’s Near West Side, Marquette University, Wauwatosa and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. BRT would provide improved access to the region’s most vital, most traveled and most congested corridor.

Get Involved!

Upcoming public engagement opportunities include:

  • Neighborhood and stakeholder outreach
  • Public workshops
  • Public open house
  • Email communications

Visit the CONTACT page to submit comments or questions, and sign up to receive public meeting notices.

WHY BRT?

  • BRT plays a vital role in a healthy, multimodal transportation system that connects people to jobs, and businesses to their customers.
  • BRT is cost-effective, efficient and has been proven to increase transit use with improved service frequencies, travel time and reliability.
  • BRT supports and sparks millions of dollars in economic development.
  • BRT meets a critical need to mitigate traffic congestion during the multi-year reconstruction of I-94.

Regional Connectivity

BRT is a key part of the regional transportation plan, building on existing Milwaukee County Transit System routes and providing opportunities to spur the development of and connection to additional rapid transit corridors in the region.

Who Will Use BRT?

The East-West BRT will attract between 7,250 and 9,250 new average daily transit riders – a 40 percent increase over existing transit ridership in the corridor. Within the half-mile station area around the preferred route are ...

East-West BRT Project Phases

Key 2017 East-West BRT Project Decisions

In 2016, Milwaukee County completed a Feasibility Study and identified a preferred BRT route for the corridor. In 2017, the county will advance the project through the engineering and development phase and make three key decisions with public and local community input:

  • Lane configuration: Where dedicated lanes will be located and whether they run along the center lane, along the median, the outside lane or curbside.
  • Station locations: Final locations of stations along the route, including placement in the median or road side.
  • Station design: The appropriate size and design of each station for its neighborhood – from urban stations to smaller neighborhood stops.

How is BRT Funded?

The BRT capital cost is estimated at $42 million to $48 million. The financial plan for the project anticipates the capital cost will be funded up to 80 percent through the federal Small Starts program, which requires a minimum local match of 20 percent.

The day-to-day cost of operating and maintaining BRT is estimated at $3.7 million annually. Operations will be funded as part of the existing Milwaukee County Transit System, which is resourced through fares, state and federal funding.

East-West BRT Project Features

Up to 19 stations connect regional network of major employment centers, education facilities and recreational destinations

Modern, fuel-efficient comfortable, vehicles with features for easy boarding and interior bike storage

Shorter travel times because of dedicated lanes, fewer stops, traffic signal priority and pre-board ticketing

Reduces traffic congestion by removing an estimated 6,700 cars per day from the corridor

More frequent daily service with buses every 10 minutes during peak hours and midday, and every 20-30 minutes in early morning, evening and late-night hours