Public health guidelines for riding UW—Madison campus buses

After more than a year of reduced occupancy levels, campus is once again operating at full capacity—this includes campus buses. As we adjust to this “new normal”, it pays to remember riding the bus remains a safe way to travel.

Madison Metro Transit operates campus bus routes 80, 81, 82, and 84. Madison Metro is following all federal, state, and local public health guidance, including a face masks requirement for all riders and drivers. Up-to-date Metro operation information is available on the Metro COVID-19 service updates web page. Metro will adapt their service accordingly should public health guidance change.

Route 80 campus buses arrive every 5-7 minutes. Many people try to catch the first bus following a class change, which typically means these buses are fuller. The next bus will often have more space. See the Metro Transit website for bus route details, including maps and schedules.

Due to staffing shortages and limited vehicle availability, it is not currently possible to provide extra buses on campus.

Health and safety reminders:

  • Campus has extremely high vaccination rates for students and employees. This high level of vaccination means we have a robust level of protection on campus.
  • Protect yourself by choosing a good quality face mask and wearing it properly. Multi-layer cloth or disposable masks that have a nose wire and fit properly over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks provide the best protection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are vaccinated. Use the coronavirus self-checker from the CDC and consider getting tested.

­Visit for the most up-to-date campus COVID-19 response information and resources. Updates on parking and transportation operations can be found at the Transportation Services COVID-19 Response Hub.