Some parking restrictions waived Nov. 27; changes to bus service

The legal holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26 and the unofficial “holiday” on Friday, Nov. 27 will cause a reduction in services for Madison Metro Transit and office closures across campus (including Transportation Services offices). UW Transportation Services will be waiving some campus parking restrictions on Friday, Nov. 27 to accommodate the bus riders unable to easily travel to campus during Metro’s reduced service. (Note: Parking permits are not enforced on UW legal holidays, such as Thanksgiving.)

Reduced parking restrictions for November 27

Most* surface parking lots will not require a UW permit to park in unsigned permit parking stalls. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If no parking stalls are available, vehicles must proceed to the next available location.

*Lot 74 and Lot 82 by UW Hospital will remain lot-specific permit required (ex. Lot 82 permit required to park in Lot 82 permit stalls).

UW Disabled stalls will require either a UW Disabled permit or State DOT Disabled permit/plate. Restricted parking areas (such as access aisles, fire lanes, and no parking zones) are always enforced.

All gated parking lots (ramps and garages) will operate on a typical weekday schedule, when a permit or payment is required:

  • A valid UW permit for the gated lot can enter and exit per usual. Flex permits must be in paid status with ParkMobile if used in a garage or ramp.
  • Paid visitor parking is available by pulling a ticket and paying upon exit. Visiting motorcycles parked in designated gated lot motorcycle areas must be in paid status with ParkMobile.

Map of parking lots available for free (non-permit parking) on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Only select surface lot locations are available.
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UW park and ride locations (Lot 202 and 203) will be open and shuttle service will operate on Friday, Nov. 27.

Regular parking enforcement resumes on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Bus and shuttle service

There is no accessible circulator shuttle service starting Thursday, Nov. 26. Service is suspended until the first day of spring classes (January 25).

Madison Metro buses operate on a holiday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 26. All campus bus routes (80, 81, 82, 84) will not operate.

Starting Friday, Nov. 27, campus routes 80 and 84 operate on a recess schedule (no 81, 82). The trailer school bus vehicles will not run during recess service. Recess service is in effect until Sunday, January 24.

Other Metro routes will run a Saturday schedule on Friday, Nov. 27. All standing paratransit rides on Thursday and Friday are cancelled. Paratransit passengers must schedule casual rides to travel on this date.

Check Metro holiday bus impacts on the Metro Transit website. Regular service hours resume on Monday, Nov. 30.

Questions can be directed to UW Transportation Services customer service at (608) 263-6667 or

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