Madison Metro

Madison Metro Transit operates a bus service throughout the city of Madison, Wisconsin, United States and most of its immediate suburbs, including the Town of Madison, the City of Middleton, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, Sun Prairie, Verona, and a small portion of McFarland.[1] System-wide, fixed route ridership was 13,385,628 in 2018.[2] Metro Transit also provides supplemental transit services to some Madison middle and high schools. Several schools have switched to yellow buses in 2019. These routes are open to the general public, but have been designed to provide additional services during peak school times.[3] 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.[4]

Metro Transit
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ParentCity of Madison
Headquarters1245 E. Washington Ave.
LocaleMadison, Wisconsin
Service area72 square miles
Service typeBus service, Paratransit
Routes70
Stops2,345 bus stops
DestinationsTown of Madison, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Middleton, Shorewood Hills, Verona, McFarland, Sun Prairie
Hubs
  • 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, Hybrid diesel-electric, and some battery-operated electric buses (active 2020)
OperatorCity of Madison
Websitewww.cityofmadison.com/metro

Metro also connects with suburban mass transit services, such as the Monona Lift/Monona Express and Sun Prairie Shared Taxi Shuttle.[5][better source needed]

Route networkEdit

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.[6]

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 two new routes in east Madison - Routes 31 and 35, and expansion of Route 33 in east Madison. Route 85 was consolidated into Route 80 in August 2012 as a result of a UW budget shortfall.[7]

 
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

RoutesEdit

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 routesEdit

Route To/ From Via(s) Notes
1
Capitol Square Old University Ave & Highland Ave Suspended due to COVID
2
West Transfer Pt North Transfer Pt Fordem / Sherman
3
West Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Division / Winnebago Suspended due to COVID
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
University Row Union Corners Johnson or Gorham /

Jenifer,

UW Hospital / Campus

Weekdays only
13
South Transfer Pt UW Campus
14
Wexford Ridge Capitol Square Gammon/Westfield/

Colony

Suspended due to COVID
15
Junction Ridge East Transfer Pt Old Middleton/Sheboygan,

Greenway/High Point

16
South Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Broadway No stops in Monona
17
North Transfer Pt East Transfer Pt Shopko
18
West Transfer Pt South Transfer Pt Midvale/Hammersley
19
Chalet Gardens Capitol Square Red Arrow/Mohawk Suspended due to COVID
20
North Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Airport
21
North Transfer Pt Lakeview
22
North Transfer Pt Mendota
26
East Towne Mall American Center City View
30
East Transfer Pt East Towne Mall Nakoosa / Swanton
31
East Transfer Pt Marsh Rd Dutch Mill
32
East Transfer Pt Thompson Dr - Acewood Blvd
34
East Transfer Pt MATC-Truax Suspended due to COVID
39
East Transfer Pt World Dairy Dempsey 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
52
West Transfer Pt Fitchburg Weekday only
67
West Transfer Pt West Towne
70
Capitol Square Middleton
73
Middleton West Transfer Point weekdays only

Peak-only routesEdit

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
23
Sun Prairie Capitol Square Limited Stops
25
American Center Capitol Square Limited stops
27
North Transfer Pt Capitol Square - UW Campus
28
West Transfer Pt UW Campus - North Transfer Pt Suspended due to COVID
29
Breese Terrace School Rd Suspended due to COVID
33
East Transfer Pt Sprecher Rd - Thompson Dr
35
East Transfer Pt Richmond Hill - Acewood Blvd Suspended due to COVID
37
Pflaum Rd UW Campus - Sheboygan Ave Suspended due to COVID
38
UW Campus - Sheboygan Ave Pflaum Rd/Buckeye Rd Capitol Square/John Nolen Suspended due to COVID
44
UW Campus South Transfer Point
47
Capitol Square Arbor Hills Suspended due to COVID
48
South Transfer Point UW Campus Limited Stops
49
South Transfer Pt Hatchery Hill - Lacy
55
West Transfer Pt Verona - Epic Campus Verona Limited stops
56
North Transfer Pt West Transfer Pt - McKee Rd Suspended due to COVID
57
North Transfer Pt West Transfer Pt - McKee Rd Suspended due to COVID
58
Capitol Square Greentree Suspended due to COVID
71
Capitol Square Middleton Suspended due to COVID
72
Capitol Square Middleton Limited stops
75
Capitol Square Verona - Epic Campus Verona Limited stops

Weekend-only routesEdit

  • 7 West Transfer Pt to East Transfer Pt Via Monroe (operating 7 days a week during COVID)
  • 8 Capitol Square to Spring Harbor (operating 7 days a week during COVID)
  • 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

UW–Madison Campus BusesEdit

All routes in this section are fare free. Operating costs are paid by Associated Students of Madison, UW Transportation Services, and University Housing. When UW–Madison is out of session, route 80 and 84 service is reduced and routes 81 and 82 do not run.[8]

  • 80 Memorial Union - Eagle Heights (weekday, weekends, and late night)
  • 81 Park, Broom, Johnson/Gorham Loop(s) (evening and late night)
  • 82 Observatory, Breese Loop(s) (evening and late night)
  • 84 Eagle Heights Express (limited stops) weekdays only

Supplemental Schoolday ServiceEdit

Former RoutesEdit

Route To/ From Via(s) Notes
1 (first use)
Downtown Get-Around Discontinued on June 4, 2000; replaced by revised Route 4. Number reused by January 2006.
7 (first use)
Prairie Towne Center East Towne Mall Merged into Route 6 in August 2002. Number reused in August 27, 2006 restructuring.
9 (first use)
? ? Merged or renumbered by November 17, 1999. Number reused by January 2006.[9]
9
East Transfer Pt UW Hospital weekdays only; merged into Route 10 on August 25, 2013.
11 (first use)
Atwood-Division UW Hospital Discontinued by January 2006 as western portion was redundant with Route 28, central portion was redundant with Route 9, and eastern portion was redundant with Route 3.
16 (first use)
East Transfer Point North Transfer Point Discontinued by January 2006 as portion of route on Stoughton Road south of Washington Avenue was discontinued, section west of Washington Avenue became part of revised Route 20, and section on International Lane became part of Route 24 (later it became part of Route 20).
17 (first use)
? ? Merged or renumbered by November 17, 1999. Number reused by January 2006.[10]
20 (first use)
? ? Merged or renumbered by November 17, 1999. Number reused in 2002 when Route 2 was split.[11]
24
North Transfer Point Airport-Cherokee Park weekdays only; discontinued on October 5, 2008; service on International Lane merged into Route 20, but the rest was eliminated without replacement, though Route 21 covers most of this area.
25 (first use)
East Towne Mall American Center Discontinued on June 4, 2000. Number reused on similar route by January 2006.
30 (first use)
? ? Merged or renumbered by November 17, 1999. Number reused in 2002 when Route 3 was split.[12]
31 (first use)
East Transfer Point Pflaum Road Combined with Route 42 and Route 43 to form Route 16 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring. Service on Dempsey Road discontinued off peak; Route 39 covers during peak hours; service on Monona Drive from Pflaum Road to Buckeye Road was completely discontinued.
39 (first use)
East Transfer Point Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Combined with Route 14 on June 4, 2000. Resplit by January 2006.
41
South Transfer Point Lake Point Drive Portion on Waunona Avenue replaced by revisions to Route 12 and rest replaced by new Route 11 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
42
South Transfer Point Southdale-Moorland Combined with Route 31 and Route 43 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
43
South Transfer Point Lake Point Drive combined with Route 31 and Route 42 to form Route 16 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
52 (first use)
West Transfer Point Fitchburg Discontinued on June 10, 2001. Portion replaced by southwest extension of Route 19 and other sections already covered by Routes 50 and 56. No service on Verona ROad south of Williamsburg Road or McKee Road from there to Fish Hatchery Road. New Route 52 was created in August 2007 serving most of this route, but does not serve Verona Road or McKee Road.
53
West Transfer Pt UW Hospital Dutch Mill Park & Ride Limited stops; discontinued in August 2007; redundant with Routes 6 and 11.
59 (first use)
West Transfer Point Fitchburg Discontinued on June 10, 2001. Portions replaced by southwest extension of Route 19 and rerouting of Route 65 and another section already covered by Route 18.
60
Capitol Square Middleton Business Park Replaced by new Routes 72 and 73 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
61
Capitol Square Middleton-West Transfer Point Replaced by new Routes 70 and 71 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
62
West Transfer Point Middleton Business Park-Greenway Station Replaced by new Route 74 (this section now part of Route 71) as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
65
West Transfer Point Capitol Square Replaced by new Route 11 and revised Route 14 as part of the August 27, 2006 restructuring.
74
Middleton Transfer Pt Middleton Business Park- Capitol Square Limited stops; merged into Routes 71 and 72 on August 24, 2014.
  • 85 UW South Campus Circulator (weekday only)- Discontinued Monday, August 27, 2012 and merged into Route 80 due to budget crisis.
  • 89 Parking Ramp Shuttle- Operated from January 2, 2007 to June 15, 2007.

Pre-1998 RoutesEdit

After the 1998 restructuring, L and LN were the only letter routes; in August 2002, L was numbered 80 and LN was numbered 81/82. These were the routes before the 1998 restructuring:[13]

  • A East Towne / West Towne
  • B Lansing/Meadowood
  • C Lakeview/Burr Oaks
  • D Jamestown Limited
  • E Monona/Allied
  • F Shorewood/Capitol Concourse (discontinued by 1997)
  • G Mendota/Hillfarms
  • H Arbor Hills
  • I Acewood/Old Sauk
  • J Buckeye/Parkwood
  • JX Greentree Limited
  • K Middleton
  • L UW Campus
  • LN Lakeshore Dorms/Langdon-Johnson/Regent-Breese/Bedford-Broom
  • M Moorland
  • N Nickelodeon (discontinued by 1997)
  • P Walnut Grove Limited
  • Q Glendale
  • R North Thompson Drive
  • S Sherman Limited
  • U Johnson/Gorham Shuttle
  • W East Washington Limited

Bus fleetEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Madison Metro Transit (2018). "Madison Metro System Maps". City of Madison. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Staff (2018). "2018 Annual Report" (PDF). Metro Transit. City of Madison, WI. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  3. ^ Supplemental School Service - Metro Transit - City of Madison, Wisconsin
  4. ^ Bus Routes
  5. ^ Sun Prairie Taxi Service - Routes & Schedules - Metro Transit - City of Madison, Wisconsin Archived 2012-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ http://www.madisonareampo.org/planning/documents/TDP_Final_Web..pdf[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ UW announces changes to campus bus routes : Wsj
  8. ^ "UW Service Calendar". Metro Transit. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19981206211852/http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/pages/routes.htm. Archived from the original on 1998-12-06. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19981206211852/http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/pages/routes.htm. Archived from the original on 1998-12-06. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19981206211852/http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/pages/routes.htm. Archived from the original on 1998-12-06. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19981206211852/http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/pages/routes.htm. Archived from the original on 1998-12-06. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19970208013227/http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/routes.html. Archived from the original on 1997-02-08. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Staff (2010). "METRO HYBRID BUSES". Metro Transit. City of Madison, WI. Retrieved 1 July 2012.

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