Maritime Metro is a publicly owned and operated fixed route transit system serving the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers. The City of Manitowoc took over the management operations of the privately owned Manitowoc Motor Coach Company in January 1978. From 1978 through 1999, Maritime Metro was called the Manitowoc Transit System.
In 1992, Maritime Metro initiated paratransit services under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a curb-to-curb service that provides transportation to the disabled population in the community that is unable to ride the fixed route service. Maritime Metro currently contracts these services to a local provider.
In 1998, a former bank drive-thru was remodeled and became Maritime Metro Transit's first Intermodal Transfer Center. Eventually, the needs of the transit system outgrew the facility, so the old facility was demolished and a new center was built on the same location. On October 24, 2012, a ribbon cutting event was held at the newly constructed Transfer Center at 915 S 11th St.
Photo of original transfer center
taken in 2003
Photo of ribbon cutting for new transfer center
Maritime Metro Transit is a City of Manitowoc department. The Transit Manager reports to the Director of Public Works / City Engineer involving all City related matters and to the Public Utilities & Licensing Committee of the City of Manitowoc, which is the assigned standing committee for transit policy. The Committee consists of five members, all of which are elected City Alderpersons (half of the City Council). Ultimately, the final decision on transit matters rests with the Mayor and Manitowoc City Council.
The transit system currently staffs 19 bus drivers (12 full-time and 7 part-time), as well as one full-time and one part-time clerk. The transit system is directly overseen by the Transit Manager. The transit system also has two full-time mechanics that are overseen by the Fleet Manager, whose time is pro-rated between Maritime Metro Transit and the Department of Public Infrastructure.
Ridership totals include fixed-route passenger totals for each demographic as well as transfers. Totals do not include paratransit rides. Ridership totals since 2000 are:
- 2000 - 200,049 rides
- 2001 - 212,085 rides
- 2002 - 203,215 rides
- 2003 - 195,729 rides
- 2004 - 209,109 rides
- 2005 - 239,932 rides
- 2006 - 269,895 rides
- 2007 - 290,953 rides
- 2008 - 330,461 rides
- 2009 - 316,394 rides
- 2010 - 310,172 rides
- 2011 - 342,044 rides
- 2012 - 340,275 rides
- 2013 - 332,463 rides
- 2014 - 335,279 rides
- 2015 - 326,246 rides
Maritime Metro Transit had its highest ridership in 1983 at 401,925 passengers.