Madison’s Bus System: Easy, Green, and Healthy

September 24, 2014 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

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Are you looking to change the way you commute to work, classes, or other places in Madison? Try the bus! Taking the bus can help reduce car emissions that contribute to climate change and many respiratory issues. Furthermore, individuals who use public transportation tend to get over 3 times the amount of physical activity per day than those who drive. Changing your commute can help you stay active and lower your environmental impact.

Madison’s bus system has options for everyone, no matter where you live. With over 60 different routes that cover the entire city of Madison and its suburbs, commuting to work by bus can be easy and convenient.

Madison Metro even has 4 free buses that cover the UW-Madison campus and can be used by anyone, without a bus pass. To use this free service, simply hop on any bus with a number in the 80’s (80, 81, 82, 84). Route 80 is the most popular for students and employees of UW-Madison, since its route takes riders by all of the main campus buildings and Eagle Heights residential area. Route 81 covers more of the northern part of campus, including the Lakeshore residence halls, Observatory Drive, and north of the Capital. The southern part of campus is covered by Route 82, and Route 84 and will take passengers from the top of Bascom Hill to Eagle Heights. All of these routes are easy and inexpensive ways to commute to your job, classes, or events, and each route offers many options for times.

Bus fare for other routes is $2.00 per ride, per person for adults, with prices being less for children and senior citizens. This fare can be paid on the bus when you board. Daily passes can also be purchased on the bus for $4.50 a day. For those looking for more long-term commutes, Madison Metro offers a variety of passes, including 31-day passes, semester-long and summer passes for youth, and 10-ride passes. Passes can be bought online at the Madison metro website. Some employees and students are also eligible for free unlimited ride passes, including UW-Madison students and employees, City of Madison employees, and UW Hospital, Meriter Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital employees. For a full list of eligible businesses for the free unlimited ride pass, please visit the Madison Metro website.

Planning your route is easy with the help of Google Maps. Simply type in your starting location and where you want to go, click the “get directions” button, and click on the bus icon. All of the available routes will appear, including how often the bus departs and how long your total commute will take. Madison Metro also has a “Transit Tracker” that allows you to see live time when the next bus will be at the stop. For those with smartphones, an app is available called “Transit App.”

If you’re looking to change the way you commute, head over to the Madison Metro website to find routes, stop times, helpful tips, and a variety of other useful information.

Overall, the bus is an easy, healthy, and environmentally friendly option for your commute. Next time you’re traveling in and around Madison, consider your other set of wheels!



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