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MCTS Transitions Away from Paper

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is nearing the end of a process upgrading technology on buses and online and working with passengers on adopting the M•CARD, and on Leap Day, Feb. 29, the agency will phase out paper tickets, passes and transfers.

According to a recent customer survey, fewer than 18 percent of MCTS riders still use paper fare media. The agency reported that the move away from paper will make bus boarding more efficient and cut down on the use of paper, which is costly and less environmentally friendly than using the high-tech M•CARD.

The end of paper fare media means that riders who want transfers will need to pay their fares with an M•CARD rather than cash. Fares paid by card are 50 cents less than paying cash.

Riders can get the card at one of nearly 100 fare outlet locations across Milwaukee County or by ordering online. The MCTS M•CARD is a reusable electronic smart card that saves riders money and time and can be loaded with passes or stored cash value.
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