By car, foot, bike, or bus, traveling in the West Allis and Milwaukee-metro region is easy and convenient.
transportation key facts:
- Median commute time: 15 - 19 minutes
- Commute types:
- 82.94% - Drove car to work
- 8.8% - Carpooled
- 2.96% - Public transportation
- 1.35% - Walked to work
- .26% - Biked to work
- Milwaukee County Transit System
- With a fleet of 370 clean-diesel buses and a dedicated team of 1,100 drivers, mechanics and administrative staff, MCTS provides nearly 29 million rides each year and generates a massive economic impact for the region. With 11 routes running through West Allis, all of our key commercial corridors are on MCTS bus lines.
- Biking and Bublr Bike Share
- Eight Bublr Bikes Bike Share stations are located throughout West Allis. Visit Bublr's website to view maps and purchase passes. In 2021, West Allis adopted a Complete Streets Policy which will improve cycling and pedestrian access City-wide in future planning.
- Interactive bike maps are available on the City of West Allis website to make it easy for cyclists to plan their routes.
The following services are available from Milwaukee to Madison, Chicago, and Minneapolis:
- Amtrak provides daily service between Milwaukee and Chicago via the Hiawatha route and between Milwaukee and Minneapolis via the Empire Builder route. Amtrak also provides service to numerous other cities throughout the country.
- Greyhound provides daily bus service between Milwaukee and numerous other cities throughout the country.
- Badger Coach provides daily bus service between Milwaukee and Madison.
- Wisconsin Coach Lines provides daily bus service between Milwaukee and O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport in Chicago.
- Megabus provides daily bus service from Milwaukee to Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis.
- Air Travel
- The primary airport serving the West Allis-Milwaukee Region is General Mitchell International Airport, which is located less than 15 minutes south of Milwaukee's downtown. Mitchell's ten commercial airlines serve seven million passengers a year, offering nonstop service to 39 destinations coast-to-coast, with 160 international destinations available from Milwaukee with easy, one-stop connections. Mitchell was also ranked in the top 10 small airports — those with fewer than 10 million passengers annually — in the J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction study. Major carriers include Southwest Airlines, United, American and Delta. In all, the region includes eight general aviation airports that provide service to corporate and personal aircraft. Chicago's O’Hare International Airport, the fourth busiest in the world, is also just a 75-minute drive to the south.
- Port facilities
- The Port of Milwaukee handles more than three million tons of cargo per year, serving both domestic and international locations through the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf of Mexico, via the inland waterway system. Its 16 berths can accommodate vessels up to 1,000 feet long.
- The Milwaukee Region is served by both freight and passenger service. Freight service is provided through the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company. Passenger service is provided through Amtrak, the federal passenger line that offers daily round-trip trains to Chicago as well as service to the Twin Cities and beyond; and Metra, a commuter line that connects the Milwaukee Region with Chicago and its suburbs.
*Adapted from the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership