University of Wisconsin–Madison

Accessible Transportation Options

Accessible Circulator Shuttle

The Accessible Circulator Shuttle provides supplemental service to the campus bus for those with mobility issues. 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 uwshuttle@badgerbus.com

  • 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 Badger Bus marked “UW Accessible Circulator Shuttle” and has a wheelchair lift. Example photo of the circulator shuttle
  • 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 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 (PDF).

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 (PDF) 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

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Accessible Transit (Buses)

For more general bus information, see the bus page. The information below specifically pertains to available accessibility transit options.

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.

There is also a UW accessible circulator shuttle that serves campus. Learn more about the accessible circulator shuttle

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Accessible Routes

Pedestrian

Other Accessibility Resources

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