Paratransit

Metro Accessible Buses and Paratransit Service
All Madison Metro buses are equipped with lifts to accommodate riders who use wheelchairs, crutches and other mobility devices, or those who simply need a little help making it onto the bus.

However, sometimes this isn’t enough. If you are affected by a disability which makes it difficult to get from your bus stop to your destination or otherwise prevents you from being able to use the bus, you may qualify for paratransit service.

Metro Transit Paratransit Service
The process of becoming qualified for Metro Transit’s paratransit process involves downloading and filling out an application form, and returning that form to Metro either as an attachment to email or via postal mail. Once Metro has received your application, you will be contacted by Metro staff, who will confirm receipt of your application and eligibility. Please note that at the current time, you are not required to go through an in-person eligibility assessment before you may start using the service, but can start using it as soon as Metro lets you know they have gotten your application. We do suggest that you schedule an assessment as soon as you are able to fit it into your schedule, but that in-person assessment is not required to start using the system (this information is new, and is not reflected in the instructions on the application form).

You can find that form and instructions online at https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/documents2021%20Paratransit%20Application_dec.pdf  Along with your application you should submit a copy of your ASM Bus Pass and your Wiscard.

If you would like assistance filling out and submitting your paratransit application, please contact your Access Consultant or the McBurney Center Front Desk 

Unfortunately, using Metro’s paratransit service does require reservations made in advance, no later than 4:30 pm on the day before you need to ride. For more information about scheduling and cancelling rides, click on this link:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/paratransit/scheduling-canceling-rides 

You can set up one time rides, or recurring rides.

Campus Shuttle Service
We offer a campus shuttle within a limited section of the campus area to supplement Metro’s paratransit service. There is no requirement for riders to be certified to use the Campus Shuttle Service, and perhaps most important, while you may place reservations in advance, you have until an hour before your desired travel time to make a reservation. (However, given traffic conditions and a limited number of vehicles on the road, it is strongly encouraged that you make reservations in advance. You can also set up recurring rides.)

This service is subcontracted to GoRite, administered by UW Transportation Services, and subsidized by ASM and UW Transportation Services  For more information on how to set up rides on the Campus Shuttle, links to the reservation system, and information on the days and times this service is available please see UW Transportation Services Accessible Shuttle Page:

https://transportation.wisc.edu/accessible-transportation-options/circulator-shuttle/

 

 

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What is paratransit?

Paratransit services takes riders from one building to another, rather than from one bus stop to another. This is called “curb to curb service”.

Qualifications

You may qualify for this service whether your disability is temporary or permanent, and whether it prevents you from using the mainline buses all the time or only under certain circumstances, such as when the weather is excessively hot or cold. Please refer to the application process to see if you qualify.

Should I use paratransit?

There are advantages and disadvantages to this service. You will have to schedule your rides in advance, for example, and there is no same-day service. On the other hand, being driven from building to building may help you bypass the challenges presented by the campus terrain and traffic.

Is there a cost?

If you do qualify for paratransit service, your ASM Bus Pass will cover the passenger fare, just as it does on Metro’s bus routes. There are no additional charges.

Application process

In order to qualify for paratransit service, you must apply to Madison Metro and meet certain requirements set by federal regulations.

The process of becoming qualified for Metro Transit’s paratransit process involves downloading and filling out an application form, and returning that form to Metro either as an attachment to email or via postal mail. Once Metro has received your application, you will be contacted by Metro staff, who will confirm receipt of your application and eligibility.

Please note that at the current time, you are not required to go through an in-person eligibility assessment before you may start using the service, but can start using it as soon as Metro lets you know they have gotten your application. We do suggest that you schedule an assessment as soon as you are able to fit it into your schedule, but that in-person assessment is not required to start using the system (this information is new this year and may not reflected in the instructions on the application form).

You can find that form and instructions online at https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/documents2021%20Paratransit%20Application_dec.pdf  Along with your application you should submit a copy of your ASM Bus Pass and your Wiscard.

If you would like assistance filling out and submitting your paratransit application, please contact your Access Consultant or the McBurney Center Front Desk 

ASM Bus Pass Program

If you have questions about paratransit services, picking up an ASM Bus Pass, or any other aspect of the bus pass program, please contact the ASM Bus Pass Program Advisor, Margaret Bergamini, at buspass@asm.wisc.edu or 608-263-3950.

Additional Resources

The McBurney Disability Resource Center transportation webpage contains more information about paratransit, parking permits and Wisconsin disabled license plates/cards.

There are also three cab companies in the Madison: Union Cab, Madison Taxi, and Green Cab. All take reservations and accept credit cards. Union Cab also offers wheelchair accessible service (lift-equipped vehicles). When you are trying to make it to class or other appointments, reservations are strongly encouraged.