Madison Metro

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Madison Metro
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Slogan Lots of ways to go.
Parent City of Madison
Headquarters 1245 E. Washington Ave.
Locale Madison, Wisconsin
Service area 72 square miles
Service type Bus service, Paratransit
Stops 2,063 bus stops
Destinations Town of Madison, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Middleton, Shorewood Hills, Verona McFarland (future), Stoughton (future)
Hubs
  • Capitol Square
  • West Transfer Point
  • East Transfer Point
  • North Transfer Point
  • South Transfer Point
  • Middleton Transfer Point.
Fleet 228 fixed-route buses, 20 paratransit vehicles
Daily ridership 58,700 trips
Fuel type Low Sulfur diesel
Operator City of Madison
Website http://www.mymetrobus.com/

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]

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

Routes[edit]

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
1
Capitol Square Old University Ave & Highland Ave Midday service, weekdays only
2
West Transfer Pt North Transfer Pt Fordem / Sherman
3
West Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Division / Winnebago Weekdays only
4
South Transfer Pt North Transfer Pt
5
East Transfer Pt South Transfer Pt
6
West Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Tokay / Mineral Point,

MATC / Hayes

10
Hill Farms Schenk-Atwood Johnson or Gorham /

Jenifer,

UW Hospital / Campus

Weekdays only
13
South Transfer Pt UW Campus
14
Wexford Ridge Capitol Square Colony Weekdays only, route continues to

East Transfer Pt at rush hour

15
Junction Ridge Capitol Square Sawmill / Old Sauk,

Excelsior

Weekdays only, route continues to

East Transfer Pt at rush hour

16
South Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Broadway No stops in Monona
17
North Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Shopko Weekdays only
18
West Transfer Pt South Transfer Pt Whitney Way / Midvale Blvd,

Coho St

Serves Coho St during weekends

and evenings

19
Chalet Gardens Capitol Square Weekdays only
20
North Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Airport / Shopko
21
North Transfer Pt Lakeview
22
North Transfer Pt Mendota
26
East Towne Mall American Center Midday service, weekdays only
30
East Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Nakoosa / Swanton
32
East Transfer Pt Thompson Dr - Acewood Blvd No service weekday peaks

See Routes 33 and 35

34
East Transfer Pt MATC-Truax Weekdays only
39
East Transfer Pt World Dairy Weekday peak and midday only
40
South Transfer Pt Arbor Hills Grandview and Hatchery Hill /

Coho and Post

50
West Transfer Pt Schroeder Rd - Raymond Rd
51
West Transfer Pt Muir Field Rd No service weekday peaks

See Routes 56 and 57

52
West Transfer Pt Fitchburg Weekday only
67
West Transfer Pt West Towne Mall
70
Capitol Square Middleton Weekdays only, off-peak
73
Middleton Transfer Point West Transfer Point weekdays only

Peak-only routes[edit]

Route To/ From Via(s) Notes
11
Dutch Mill Park & Ride UW Campus - West Transfer Pt
12
West Transfer Pt UW Campus - Dutch Mill Park & Ride
25
American Center Capitol Square Limited stops
27
North Transfer Pt Capitol Square - UW Campus
28
West Transfer Pt UW Campus - North Transfer Pt
29
Breese Terrace School Rd Limited Stops
31
East Transfer Pt Owl Creek Operates weekends also
33
East Transfer Pt Sprecher Rd - Thompson Dr
35
East Transfer Pt Richmond Hills - Acewood Blvd
37
Pflaum Rd UW Campus - Sheboygan Ave
38
UW Campus - Sheboygan Ave Pflaum Rd
44
UW Campus - South Transfer Pt Fitchburg
47
Capitol Square Arbor Hills
48
Fitchburg South Transfer Pt - UW Campus Limited stops
55
West Transfer Pt Verona - Epic Systems Limited stops
56
North Transfer Pt West Transfer Pt - McKee Rd Limited stops
57
North Transfer Pt West Transfer Pt - McKee Rd Limited stops
58
Capitol Square Greentree
71
Capitol Square Middleton Limited stops
72
Capitol Square Middleton Limited stops
74
Middleton Transfer Pt Middleton Business Park- Capitol Square Limited stops
75
Capitol Square Verona - Epic Systems Limited stops

Weekend-only routes[edit]

  • 7 West Transfer Pt to East Transfer Pt
  • 8 Capitol Square to Spring Harbor
  • 31 East Transfer Pt to Owl Creek (operates rush hour 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 UW Memorial Union to Eagle Heights/ West Campus (evening and late night)
  • 81 Observatory Dr/ Johnson St Loop(s) (evening and overnight) (SAFEride)
  • 82 Regent St Loop (evening and overnight) (SAFEride)
  • 84 UW Eagle Heights Express (limited stops) (weekday only)

Supplemental Schoolday Service[edit]

  • W - West District
  • E - East District
  • M - Memorial High school
  • L - La Follette Districtlll

Bus fleet[edit]

Service to suburban communities[edit]

  • Town of Madison (routes 4, 11, 13, 18, 40, 44, 47, 48, and 75)
  • Fitchburg (routes 16, 18, 19, 40, 44, 47, 48, 52, 59, and 75)
  • Maple Bluff (routes 2 and 28)
  • Middleton (routes 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 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 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 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
  • Connection to Portage Public Transit via North Transfer Point
  • Shuttle service to Sun Prairie via East Towne Mall

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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
  5. ^ http://www.madisonareampo.org/planning/documents/TDP_Final_Web..pdf
  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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