Route 31 - State-Highland

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Service Alerts for Route 31
  • Effective February 18, 2014, due to the temporary closure of the Downtown Transit Center, several routes that serve the downtown area may be delayed and slightly detoured. Thank you for your patience.

    Effective Monday, January 13, 2014 a trip has been added to the Route 31 to better serve passengers. Details are as follows:

    Watertown Plank

    Watertown Plank




    Downtown Transit Center

    5:15 PM

    5:26 PM

    5:36 PM

    5:51 PM

    6:00 PM

    6:13 PM

  • Effective Sunday, January 5, 2014, in preparation of the closure of Watertown Plank Road under US-45 as part of the Zoo Interchange Project, Route 31 will begin operating a new schedule. We apologize for the short notice, but MCTS was just recently notified of the date.

    New schedules marked with an effective date of “January 2014” will be available in information racks and on buses beginning Thursday, January 2, 2014. The new schedule is also available for preview on

    UPDATED 1/2/2013: Once Watertown Plank Road is closed, which should happen at 9:30 pm, Sunday, January 5, 2014, the Route 31 will detour as follows:

    Westbound Detour Routing
    West on Watertown Plank Road, north on Discovery Parkway, southwest on Swan Boulevard and continue south to Watertown Plank Road and west to regular route.

    Eastbound Detour Routing
    From Innovation Drive: north on Swan Boulevard, continue northeast to Discovery Parkway and south to Watertown Plank Road and east to regular route.

    Once Watertown Plank Road is closed pedestrians needing to travel on Watertown Plank Road between Innovation Drive and 92nd Street will not be required to pay a fare while on a Route 31 bus. However, if a transfer is requested the passenger must pay full fare. Please watch for signs in the area and click here to see a map. 

  • Beginning in October, due to work in conjunction with the Zoo Interchange project near the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (near the area between 85th Street and Innovation Drive), bus stops are expected to move frequently. To assist passengers with locating temporary bus stops as they move to accommodate construction, MCTS will be marking the stops with 10 foot tall feather banners like the one pictured below. During this time, please board stops at these banners.

  • Effective Monday, May 13, 2013, eastbound Route 31 buses will detour to avoid delays due to construction. During this time, westbound buses will continue to serve westbound stops along Watertown Plank Road, Mayfair Road, Research Drive and Innovation Drive as usual. Eastbound detour routing is as follows:

    Eastbound Only: From the layover on Innovation Drive, buses will continue on Innovation Drive to Watertown Plank Road and east on Watertown Plank Road to regular routing.

    Please view this map to see which eastbound stops will no longer be served and where new temporary bus stops will be located during this time.

  • To view a detailed map of stops on Wisconsin Avenue, please click here.


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