Fall 2019 ASM Bus Passes Available Starting August 26
August 26-September 13
Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall, 4th floor
Union South Box Office Main Floor
10 am-6 pm
We will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
September 16 through the end of the Fall Semester
333 East Campus Mall 3rd Floor
9:30 am-5:30 pm
What is the ASM Bus Pass?
ASM Bus Passes are good for unlimited use of the Metro Transit public transportation system by student registered at UW-Madison. Students pay for the program through student segregated fees, and this program is exclusively for the use of students who have been charged these fees for the appropriate semester. Spring/Summer 2019 passes are good for use from January 14-September 6, 2019; Fall passes will become valid and available on August 26, 2019, and will be valid through January 24, 2020
What is the Metro Transit?
Metro Transit is our local bus system. It operates bus routes and paratransit service covering most of the Madison metropolitan area seven days a week. Metro runs frequent service to and around campus, and also serves most major employment, shopping, health and recreation centers in the Madison region, including areas of Middleton, FItchburg, Verona, and the Town of Madison. New this fall: commuter service to to Sun Prairie.
To ride Metro Transit, you’ll need to pick up your ASM Bus Pass.
Passes are available at the times and locations listed above. We have two locations to serve you during the start of the semester, and then move our operations to StudentPrint for the remainder of the Fall. StudentPrint is also the only location where you can purchase a replacement bus pass, should you lose your original pass.
What do I need to pick up my bus pass?
You must be registered as a UW-Madison student for the Fall 2019 Semester, and bring a current, valid WIsCard to one of the distribution points listed above. We swipe your WisCard, you fill out the information on the back, and that’s it, you are ready to go! But remember, you must be registered for classes, you must have your WisCard in hand, and you must pick up your pass yourself.
How do I figure out which bus to take?
Learning how to ride Metro is easy! Maps and schedules for every Metro Transit bus route are available online, and printed versions of the schedule and maps are available on the bus and at all our pass distribution spots. There is an interactive page online where you can fill in your location and destination and find the best route and schedule for you. There are also lots of free apps for Android, IPhones and Windows on Metro’s website that can help you plan your trip and check when your bus will arrive in real time. If you prefer to get information verbally or by TTY, call Metro Customer Service at (608) 266-4466 (TTY: (608) 267-1143)
Your ASM Bus Pass is also good for paratransit services, which are transportation services adapted to the special needs of people with temporary or long-term disabilities. Click here for more information on the process you will have to go through to become eligible for paratransit service.
To be eligible for an ASM Bus Pass you must be enrolled as a student paying student segregated fees for the appropriate semester at UW-Madison and show a valid, current UW ID (WisCard) before you will be issued an ASM Bus pass. Most guest students and auditors, post-docs, visiting scholars, researchers and students enrolled at other schools are not eligible for an ASM student pass, but may be eligible for a faculty/staff pass. UW Transportation Services handles this program. For more info on how to obtain a faculty/staff pass, see the UW Transportation Services website.
You must sign your pass legibly upon receipt. Unsigned passes will not be exchanged or refunded. Passes are subject to confiscation by appropriate authorities including StudentPrint staff and Metro Transit drivers. We recommend that you also list a phone number or email so you can be reached if someone finds your lost pass.
Only you may use your ASM Bus Pass. You may not lend or pass back your ASM Bus Pass, This program is paid for by student fees, and only students are eligible to participate in it. Sharing your pass with non-students drives up the cost of the program, and therefore, drives up student fees. Passes found to be misused in this fashion will be confiscated, and misconduct charges may be filed.
You must carry your WisCard with you when you ride Metro Transit. Drivers may ask at any time to inspect your pass and your ID, and confiscate passes, signed or unsigned, which appear to have been altered, and from riders unable to provide a matching WisCard.
Appropriately registered students are permitted one pass per pass period. If you lose your pass, you are permitted one replacement during the dates the pass is valid. There is a charge of $20 for replacement passes. Replacement passes are available only at StudentPrint. We do not handle replacement passes at any other location, and we do not issue replacement passes during the first weeks of bus pass distribution. If your pass is defective, you may exchange it for a new one at any location Defective passes will not count against your quota for replacement passes as long as you hand in the defective pass . Do not turn over defective passes to Metro, and do not throw them away! Bring it back, and we will exchange it.
If your pass is lost or stolen or otherwise goes missing, you may purchase one replacement per pass period. There is a $20 fee for a replacement pass.
Please note that only defective passes will be replaced during the first week of distribution. No replacements will be sold at StudentPrint during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Keep your receipt! If you find your first pass within a month, and turn in the receipt and original pass to StudentPrint, you may be issued a refund. Please note that refunds are issued by mail, not at StudentPrint, and processing refunds may take two weeks or more.
Accessible Shuttle Service
An Acessible Circulator Shuttle provides supplemental service to the campus bus for those with mobility issues. The shuttle only serves campus buildings, and operates Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. during fall and spring UW class sessions and exam periods. No service on UW holidays, weekends, winter break, spring break or in summer. The shuttle offers both door to door and fixed route service, and is contracted to Badger Bus. For more information on how to use this service, see http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/permit_disabled.aspx This service is sponsored jointly by ASM and UW Transportation Services.
UW and UW Hospital, and Emeriti Employees have their own pass program. This program includes many visiting scholars, researchers and fellows. If you are not eligible for an ASM Pass, you might qualify for an employee pass. However, if you are a student hourly or graduate assistant, you do not qualify for an employee pass, and you must be enrolled for the term during which you are employed to qualify for a student pass.
Frequently Asked Questions about the ASM Bus Pass
Every web site requires at least one FAQ page. For more information about eligibility, lost and stolen passes or other questions please see the FAQ page or call 263-3950.