MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will begin handing out the free transit pass, known as the GO Pass, to eligible riders on March 31st. The pass, which was mandated by the County Board of Supervisors, allows all Milwaukee County residents 65 and older unlimited free rides on MCTS buses. The free pass will also be available for residents with disabilities who meet certain requirements*. Both groups are currently allowed to ride on the bus for half fare.
MCTS will process applications and hand out the free passes at the MCTS Administration Building (1942 N. 17th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205) between the hours of 9am and 2pm, Monday thru Friday (the pass will NOT be handed out on Friday, April 3rd). The free pass can be used immediately. Users must have the pass to receive the free rides.
Anyone coming to get the pass is encouraged to fill out a GO Pass applicationin advance. Applications can be printed out and downloaded at RideMCTS.com.
--Applicants should be prepared for possible long lines and wait times--
There are four ways MCTS will confirm eligibility in the program, only one of the four is required:
- Present a government issued picture ID card that includes age (65 and over) and proves residency in Milwaukee County.
- Present a copy of a Medicare card and a government issued picture ID that proves residency in Milwaukee County.
- Present a doctor’s statement describing the nature of your disability on professional letterhead or prescription form AND present a government issued picture ID card that proves residency in Milwaukee County. You must have your treating physician or a Wisconsin Medical Licensed health care provider complete and sign the second page of the application.
- Present an existing MCTS issued Reduced Fare card and proof of residency in Milwaukee County.
Beginning in May, MCTS will also offer alternative community locations to complete the application process and to receive the pass. That information will be listed on RideMCTS.com once it’s finalized.
For other questions please visit RideMCTS.com or call (414) 343-1700.
A full listing of eligibility requirements for persons with disabilities is available on the application.