ASM Bus Pass

January 17: First Day to Pick up Your Spring/Summer 2023 Bus Pass
Fall 2022 Bus Passes Valid Through January  27


Distribution of Spring/Summer 2023 ASM bus passes begins on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00am at Union South, and continues there Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm through Friday, February 3. Catch up with us at the Box Office in the lobby of Union South–just down from the Daily Scoop and the Wiscard office.

If you are unable to pick up your pass during these three weeks, you will still be able to do so throughout the semester and through mid-August at StudentPrint, 333 East Campus Mall.

To get your pass, you must be registered for classes for academic credit at UW-Madison and be charged student segregated fees–in other words, you must have completed registration for at least one course, and you must be charged tuition and fees. Most students qualify; senior guest auditors, visiting scholars and students enrolled in some of the Capstone and distance learning programs do not qualify.

On Monday, February 6 pass distribution moves to StudentPrint, 333 East Campus Mall, 3rd floor. StudentPrint hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm when classes are in session. Check their website to confirm times before and during Spring Break, the spring exam period and recess.

StudentPrint is also the exclusive distribution point for replacement bus passes, should you lose your pass. (We do not sell replacement passes at Union South). There is a non-refundable $20 charge for replacement passes, and you must have your Wiscard in hand to purchase one.

Here are the rules governing this program:

To qualify for an ASM Bus Pass you must be a student registered for credits at UW-Madison in a program and in a fashion which requires the payment of student segregated fees, and you must have your most recent, valid Wiscard in hand when you pick up your pass. There is no exception to this–you must have a valid Wiscard with you.

ASM Spring/Summer 2023 Bus Passes are valid for use through September 8, 2023. If you are enrolling for classes for the summer intersession, but were not enrolled during the Spring Semester, your name will appear on our eligibility list just a few days before the official term start date for your class. You will not be eligible for a pass before that date, regardless of when your class actually meets.

If you need a new Wiscard, or a replacement, please check with the Wiscard office for their hours and information about the documents required to obtain a new or replacement card:

Students need an ASM Bus Pass to board all Metro bus routes except the campus bus routes 80, 81, 82 and 84. No passes or payment are required to ride the Route 80, 81, 82 or 84.

If you lose your pass, you may purchase a replacement for $20 at StudentPrint. You must present a current, valid Wiscard in order to pick up a replacement bus pass.

If you misplace your pass when school is not in session, such as winter break, check Metro Transit’s webpage for information about fares. If you have any questions, email

How To Ride Metro

Covid, influenza and RSV are all still in circulation, and the wearing of high quality masks (N-95 or equivalent)  is recommended on Metro Transit buses and other indoor spaces.

Be ready to swipe your ASM Bus Pass through the card reader on the farebox of the bus as soon as you board. This will help speed the boarding process and keep the bus on schedule. Please note that no pass or payment is required to board any Route 80, 81, 82 or 84 bus or the accessible shuttle.

Routes and schedules remain modified and reduced,  so please plan ahead and take possible delays into account when planning your commutes.

For more information on routes, schedules, planning, phone apps for real time bus arrival information, and instructions on how to sign up for Metro’s text alert system, please see

Detours and delays do happen with some frequency, and that is another reason  we recommend signing up for Metro Transit’s text alerts service. is a more static location for information and updates on planned detours.

If you have any issues with anything aspect of your ride with Metro, including overcrowding/being passed up, please contact Metro Customer Service to report the problem.

Metro customer service reports can be filed via phone, email or web form. Metro’s customer service phone number is 266-4466; the online feedback form is at and the Metro customer service email is If the issue pertains to a particular ride, it will be helpful to know the date, time and location you boarded the bus, the route number of the bus and the direction the bus was heading.

This program is paid for by UW Madison students via student segregated fees. You must be registered for classes for academic credit at UW Madison and be charged student segregated fees to use this program. Senior guest auditors, researchers, visitors and faculty and staff are not eligible for this program, nor are many students enrolled in Capstone certificate programs and distance learning courses. Your cooperation with this requirement is much appreciated.

Faculty and Staff at UW Madison should contact UW Transportation Services to order a Faculty/Staff pass. Employees of the Hospital and other affiliated institutions should follow the instructions provided by their employer.

If you have further questions or need help, please send us an email at