A new express bus route between Bayshore Town Center and Mitchell International Airport would be created under a proposal subject to state Department of Transportation approval.
Three regional advisory committees recommended the DOT allocate about $12.7 million in federal funds to Milwaukee County to create new express bus routes, according to a news release. In addition to the Bayshore-airport route, a new route between N. 124th Street and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, along Capitol Drive, would be created.
The federal dollars became available after a proposed rail line connecting Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee was killed.
"These grants will help bring needed new routes to Milwaukee County transit users and enable us to preserve current services," County Executive Chris Abele said in the news release. "I appreciate the strong regional support our proposal has received and am hopeful that WISDOT will allocate the funding as recommended."
County Board Chairman Lee Holloway added, "I am pleased with today’s decision and respectfully ask Governor Walker and DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb to give final approval for these funds to Milwaukee County. We look forward to providing enhanced service through new express routes in Milwaukee County."