Accessible Circulator Shuttle
The Accessible Circulator Shuttle provides supplemental service to the campus bus for those with specific mobility needs. Note: as of Sept. 1, 2016 the shuttle no longer serves private residences or businesses—the shuttle only serves campus buildings.
For pickup at a non-fixed stop location:
(608) 890-1352 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shuttle 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 the summer.
- The shuttle is a small vehicle marked “UW Accessible Circulator Shuttle” and has a wheelchair lift.
- Shuttle service is intended to supplement campus bus and paratransit service for those with mobility issues, whether temporary or permanent. Service is available to UW employees, students, visitors, and affiliates. No pre-registration is required to use this service.
For more more information including a shuttle map and schedule, check out the full Accessible Circulator Shuttle page.
Accessible Parking Details
Annual UW Disabled Parking Permit (Employees and Students)
The university provides a variety of accessible parking options across campus. Any faculty, staff, or students wishing to park on campus are required to pay for the type of parking they use. The cost for accessible parking is the same for that as standard parking. Transportation Services is authorized to charge for parking under State Statute [346.50(2A)].
- UW/UW affiliate employees and students with a disabled permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT) may purchase a UW disabled permit (UW DIS), which allows parking in unreserved permit stalls, unreserved timed parking stalls and designated disabled stalls anywhere on campus.
- Those who don’t need to drive to campus every day may wish to explore the Flex parking program.
- Employees can apply for a permit by contacting their unit transportation coordinator (UTC) to be entered into the permit application system (PAS). UTC contact list. Students, call (608) 263-6667 or email the student parking coordinator for more details. (Student contact info is also under the “Students” section of the UTC list.) View the permit application page for more details.
- For restrictions, read the accessible parking policy.
Temporary UW Disabled Parking Permit
A temporary UW DIS permit may be purchased by employees, students, or visitors at any Transportation Services office with written notification from a doctor. The permit is valid for up to two months and will not be extended without a valid State DOT permit.
To purchase the permit, you’ll need to fill out a disabled parking permit application (PDF). This can be done ahead of time or in office at the time of purchase.
Disabled Moped Parking
UW disabled moped permits are available for mopeds like UW disabled permits are available for cars. Refer to the accessible parking policy for restrictions. Temporary permits (up to two months) are available for a fee with a letter from physician. Annual permits are available with a Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) permit and by paying the annual moped permit fee. Permits are valid only in moped stalls in any moped lot on campus. A disabled moped permit may be requested at any Transportation Services office. Check the moped page for full moped details.
Visitor Disabled Parking
DOT disabled permits or DIS and VET DIS plates may park in the disabled stalls (unless signs indicate UW Disabled permits are required) and timed parking or meter stalls (30 minutes or greater) without paying an additional fee. See the Wisconsin DOT website for more information on DOT disabled permits.
Check the lots that have DOT accessible stalls on the lot stall types page, as well as on the accessible (disabled) parking map. During the work week before 4:30 p.m., accessible stalls are almost only available in gated lots (ramps/garages). Certain surface lots become available on weekday evenings and throughout the entire weekend. See when lots may be available on the lot locations and hours page.
Coming for a special event like a Badger game? Check out the event parking page and the events calendar to see what lots are available for certain events. Certain lots are reserved for accessible parking for big events.
Real-time visitor stall counts are monitored for gated UW garages/ramps. The inventory does not indicate specifically if DOT stalls are available in the lots, only visitor parking in general. Real-time visitor parking availability page
Accessible Transit (Buses)
For more general bus information, see the bus page. The information below specifically pertains to available accessibility transit options.
- All Madison Metro buses (including UW campus bus routes) are kneeling buses, capable of transporting wheelchairs and other mobility equipment. Madison Metro Accessible Services
- A bus pass can be used to pay for regular and paratransit Metro service: employee bus pass information and student bus pass information.
- Monona Lift – a weekday shuttle bus service with service between Monona and downtown Madison.
Campus Area Paratransit Service
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires public transit agencies to provide paratransit service to persons with disabilities who cannot access the public transit system due to their disability. Paratransit service complements the same area and hours of the city bus system. Riders must fill out an Madison Metro application and be a registered paratransit rider to use this service.
- Metro paratransit information page
- Metro paratransit brochure (PDF)
- Metro’s UW campus paratransit ride info
- Metro’s UW campus paratransit service area map
There is also a UW accessible circulator shuttle that serves campus. Learn more about the accessible circulator shuttle
- Accessible pedestrian routes (PDF)
- Internal passageways (PDF)
- To find accessibility details for buildings, see the FP&M Facility Access Program webpage.
- Contact the FP&M Facilities Access Specialist at (608) 263-3021 or via email for more accessibility details and internal passageway information.
- Those with vision impairments or who otherwise are not able to utilize these maps may wish to contact the FP&M Facilities Access Specialist at (608) 263-3021 or via email.
Other Accessibility Resources
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- McBurney Disability Resource Center – student classroom related accommodations/resources. Voice (608) 263-2741, Text (608) 225-7956
- Office for Equity and Diversity – for employees; call (608) 263-2378
- UW Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) Disability Resource Guide; Facility Access Specialist available at (608) 263-3021
- UW ADA Resource List
- Mobility Training and Independent Living Program, Inc. – call (608) 288-0641
- Dane County Mobility – call (608) 242-6489 or email Norah Cashin (email@example.com)
- RideLine web page – service for people with disabilities
- WI Council for the Blind – call toll free 1 (800) 783-5213 or (608) 255-1166
- UW departments can hire wheelchair accessible vehicles and drivers through the existing UW Charter Bus contract and UW Taxi Cab Service contract. Departments can contact companies that provide service through the contracts to discuss their specific needs and then speak with their purchasing departments to arrange for contract related purchases.
- Private companies that provide various types of accessible transportation: