Transportation Planning Board

Public Transit

Public Transit in Dane County

Public transit service is available to many communities in Dane County.

Name
Phone
Description
Metro Transit (City of Madison) (608) 266-4466
Public transit and paratransit in Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, and the Town of Madison.
Monona Transit (608) 222-2525
Peak-period commuter service and specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities.
Sun Prairie Shared-Ride Taxi (608) 837-5550
Shared-ride taxi service around Sun Prairie
Stoughton Cab (608) 873-8585
Shared-ride taxi service around Stoughton

 

For a list of maps related to public transit, click here.

For more information and analysis of existing transit services and recommendations for future transit improvements, see the Transit Development Plan below.

In addition, specialized transportation service is available for qualified individuals and trips.

Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a fast, frequent, high-capacity, limited-stop transit service that offers an improved rider experience on busy travel corridors. It offers many similar advantages to rail transit.

The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board, in cooperation with the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, SRF Consulting Group, Inc., and Metro Transit, completed a feasibility study to investigate how BRT may be used in the Madison Area. This study investigated four corridors radiating from Central Madison – west, south, east, and north – connected through a central spine through the Isthmus.

BRT System

The City of Madison is leading an interagency effort with Metro Transit and MATPB to conduct the next phase of study of BRT to identify an initial BRT project. The study started in late fall 2018 and will continue through fall 2019 when a preferred BRT route will be selected.

Bus Stop Amenities Study

Having the correct amenities at a bus stop is critically important. A 2018 study of the Impact of Bus Stop Improvements found statistically signification increases in overall stop-level ridership as well as reduced paratrasit demand at improved stops. The Bus Stop Amenities Study contains recommendations for additional stop amenities and offers guidance on design for new transit stops. Further, the study evaluates existing stops based on the newly established guidelines, identifying areas where amenities should be added or relocated.

Transit Development Plan

The Transit Development Plan (TDP) is a short- to medium-range strategic plan intended to identify transit needs and proposed improvements for a five-year planning horizon. The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board is responsible for developing and maintaining the TDP with assistance and cooperation from Metro Transit and other transit providers.

The 2013-2017 Transit Development Plan for the Madison Urban Area was adopted in Spring 2013. Key recommendations include:

  • Improve the utility of existing transit service by improving the directness and frequency of routes where appropriate.
  • Extend service to areas that are currently unserved by transit, including new commuter express service.
  • Adopt a bus stop consolidation program to remove or relocate excessive bus stops in central Madison.

 

Metro Transit Onboard Passenger Survey

The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board, in cooperation with Metro Transit, Cambridge Systematics, and others, conducted a transit passenger survey in winter/spring 2015. Click on the link below to download the summary and see the results.

Spring 2015 Metro Transit Onboard Passenger Survey

Transit onboard surveys are generally completed every five years. The 2015 Metro Transit onboard survey updates the last onboard survey completed in 2008. Information requested from participants includes trip information such as origin and destination, demographic information such as age and household income, and satisfaction on specific aspects of Metro Transit service. The onboard survey is primarily used for two purposes:

  • General purpose transit planning – The onboard survey will help planners better understand the demographics and travel patterns of transit users. It helps identify trips that are difficult to make due to excessive transferring and out-of-direction travel. It assists in Title VI planning, assuring that Metro Transit can continue to provide equitable service to Madison area residents.
  • Bus Rapid Transit planning – The onboard survey will be used to update the MPO’s mode choice component of the regional travel model, which will in turn be used to provide ridership estimates for the planned bus rapid transit system.

The survey was conducted on weekdays, generally Monday through Thursday on Routes 1 through 75. UW circulator routes, supplemental school day service, and paratransit service were not included in the survey. Survey staff used two methods to survey riders – personal interviews with a computer tablet and self-administered paper surveys. 5,763 complete and valid surveys were collected. As a comparison, about 45,000 rides per weekday were taken on Metro Transit on Routes 1 through 75.