Madison Metro

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Madison Metro
Madison Metro logo.png
SloganLots of ways to go.
ParentCity of Madison
Headquarters1245 E. Washington Ave.
LocaleMadison, Wisconsin
Service area72 square miles
Service typeBus service, Paratransit
Stops2,063 bus stops
DestinationsTown of Madison, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Middleton, Shorewood Hills, Verona McFarland (future), Stoughton (future)
  • North Transfer Point
  • South Transfer Point
  • East Transfer Point
  • West Transfer Point
  • Capitol Square
  • Memorial Union
  • East Towne Mall
  • Dutch Mill Park and Ride.
Fleet215 fixed-route buses, 20 paratransit vehicles
Daily ridership58,700 trips
Fuel typeLow Sulfur diesel with some hybrid diesel-electric buses
OperatorCity of Madison

Madison Metro Transit operates a bus service throughout the city of Madison, Wisconsin, United States (US), and to the surrounding communities of Middleton, Fitchburg, and Verona. System-wide, fixed route ridership was 14,923,970 in 2011.[1] Metro Transit also provides supplemental transit services to Madison middle and high schools. These routes are open to the general public, but have been designed to provide additional services during peak school times.[2] Metro also serves the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, Eagle Heights University apartments, and some off-campus residential areas, via routes 80, 81, 82, and 84. The "80 routes" are free of charge.[3] Routes 81 and 82 also operate as the university's "SAFEride" overnight service as well.

Metro also connects with suburban mass transit services, such as the Monona Public Transportation, Portage Public Transit, and Sun Prairie Shared Taxi Shuttle.[4][better source needed]

Route network[edit]

The route network focuses on hubs at the Capitol Square in downtown Madison and four major transfer points in outer parts of Madison. Core all day routes "pulse" at the transfer points every 30 to 60 minutes and are supplemented by an overlay of commuter service. Many routes serve downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin Madison where transit use is high.[5]

The most recent service update reflected in this article went into effect in August 2013. Significant changes include the restructuring of Routes 9 and 10, significant changes to Route 18, and the introduction of several new routes in east Madison - Routes 31, 33, and 35. Route 85 was consolidated into Route 80 in August 2012 as a resulting of a UW budget shortfall.[6]

Hybrid bus on University Ave.
Standard paint scheme for conventional buses
Inside a conventional bus at night
A hybrid bus with its wheel chair ramp extended
Metro's Route 2 at Hilldale Mall


In the table below, "Via(s)" refer to different patterns the same route may take. For example, "Route 6 via Hayes" means that the bus will travel on the Hayes loop before reaching the West Transfer Point or East Towne Mall - other Route 6 trips may travel "via MATC".

Regular routes[edit]

Route To/ From Via(s) Notes
Capitol Square Old University Ave & Highland Ave Midday service, weekdays only
West Transfer Pt North Transfer Pt Fordem / Sherman
West Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Division / Winnebago Weekdays only
South Transfer Pt North Transfer Pt
East Transfer Pt South Transfer Pt
West Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Tokay / Mineral Point,

MATC / Hayes

University Row Union Corners Johnson or Gorham /


UW Hospital / Campus

Weekdays only
South Transfer Pt UW Campus
Wexford Ridge Capitol Square Gammon/Westfield/


Weekdays only, route continues to

East Transfer Pt at rush hour

Junction Ridge Capitol Square Old Middleton/Sheboygan,

Greenway/High Point

Weekdays only, route continues to

East Transfer Pt at rush hour

South Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Broadway No stops in Monona
North Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Shopko
West Transfer Pt South Transfer Pt Midvale/Hammersley
Chalet Gardens Capitol Square Red Arrow/Mohawk Weekdays only
North Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Airport / Shopko
North Transfer Pt Lakeview
North Transfer Pt Mendota
East Towne Mall American Center City View
East Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Nakoosa / Swanton
East Transfer Pt Thompson Dr - Acewood Blvd No service weekday peaks

See Routes 33 and 35

East Transfer Pt MATC-Truax Weekdays only
East Transfer Pt World Dairy Dempsey Weekday peak and midday only
South Transfer Pt Arbor Hills Grandview and Hatchery Hill /

Coho and Post

West Transfer Pt Schroeder Rd - Raymond Rd
West Transfer Pt Muir Field Rd No service weekday peaks

See Routes 56 and 57

West Transfer Pt Fitchburg Weekday only
West Transfer Pt West Towne
Capitol Square Middleton Weekdays only, off-peak
Middleton West Transfer Point weekdays only

Peak-only routes[edit]

Route To/ From Via(s) Notes
Dutch Mill Park & Ride UW Campus - West Transfer Pt
West Transfer Pt UW Campus - Dutch Mill Park & Ride
American Center Capitol Square Limited stops
North Transfer Pt Capitol Square - UW Campus
West Transfer Pt UW Campus - North Transfer Pt
Breese Terrace School Rd Limited Stops
East Transfer Pt Marsh Rd Dutch Mill Operates evenings and weekends also
East Transfer Pt Sprecher Rd - Thompson Dr
East Transfer Pt Richmond Hill - Acewood Blvd
Pflaum Rd UW Campus - Sheboygan Ave
UW Campus - Sheboygan Ave Pflaum Rd/Buckeye Rd Capitol Square/John Nolen Atwood & Dennett/

Oakridge & Cottage Grove

UW Campus South Transfer Point
Capitol Square Arbor Hills
South Transfer Point UW Campus Limited Stops
West Transfer Pt Verona - Epic Campus Verona Limited stops
North Transfer Pt West Transfer Pt - McKee Rd Limited stops
North Transfer Pt West Transfer Pt - McKee Rd Limited stops
Capitol Square Greentree
Capitol Square Middleton Limited stops
Capitol Square Middleton Limited stops
Capitol Square Verona - Epic Campus Verona Limited stops

Weekend-only routes[edit]

  • 7 West Transfer Pt to East Transfer Pt Via Monroe/Tokay
  • 8 Capitol Square to Spring Harbor
  • 31 East Transfer Pt to Marsh Rd (operates AM/PM rush hour and evenings on weekdays also)
  • 59 West Transfer Pt to Fitchburg
  • 63 West Transfer Pt to Prairie Town Center via West Towne Mall, Odana & Watts Rds
  • 68 West Transfer Pt to Prairie Town Center via Old Sauk & Junction Rds
  • 78 West Transfer Pt to Middleton (Saturday only)

University of Wisconsin campus shuttles[edit]

All routes in this section are fare free.

  • 80 Memorial Union / South Campus to Eagle Heights / West Campus (evening and late night)
  • 81 Observatory Dr / Johnson St Loop(s) (evening and overnight) (SAFEride)
  • 82 Breese Ter / W Washington Ave Loop (s) (evening and overnight) (SAFEride)
  • 84 Eagle Heights Express (limited stops) (weekday PM rush hour only)

Supplemental Schoolday Service[edit]

Bus fleet[edit]

Service to suburban communities[edit]

  • Town of Madison (routes 4, 11, 13, 16, 18, 40, 44, 47, 48, and 75)
  • Fitchburg (routes 16, 18, 19, 40, 44, 47, 48, 49, 52, 56, 59, and 75)
  • Maple Bluff (routes 2 and 28)
  • Middleton (routes 70, 71, 72, 73, and 78)
  • Shorewood Hills (routes 2, 10, 11, 12, 15, 28, 37, 38, 44, 56, 57, 70, 71, 72, and 74)
  • Verona (routes 55 and 75)
  • Blooming Grove (routes 3, 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 39)
  • Monona is not served but can be reached with Routes 11, 12, 16, 31, 37, and 38. Service in Monona is provided by Monona Public Transportation, which links with the urban network at the East Transfer Point and some CBD stops.
  • McFarland can be reached with Route 31
  • Connection to Portage Public Transit via North Transfer Point (routes 2, 4, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 56 and 57)
  • Shuttle service to Sun Prairie via East Towne Mall (routes 6, 20, 25, 26, 30, and 36)



  1. ^ Staff (1995–2012). "2011 RECORD RIDERSHIP". Metro Transit. City of Madison, WI. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  2. ^ Supplemental School Service - Metro Transit - City of Madison, Wisconsin
  3. ^ Bus Routes
  4. ^ Sun Prairie Taxi Service - Routes & Schedules - Metro Transit - City of Madison, Wisconsin Archived 2012-09-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ UW announces changes to campus bus routes : Wsj
  7. ^ Staff (2010). "METRO HYBRID BUSES". Metro Transit. City of Madison, WI. Retrieved 1 July 2012.

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