Monona Express offers morning and afternoon commuter service to and from Madison. The expanded route and convenient hours are perfect for residents and visitors. There are no stops made between the Monona city limits and the downtown Madison area, keeping the trip quick and convenient.
Questions? Call First Transit at (608) 423-4118.
Free Ride Week! Sept. 11-15
If you haven't tried our Monona Lift or Monona Express services, now's the perfect chance! Ride for free all week from Monday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 15.
Monona Express Routes
Real-Time Bus Locator
You'll never have to guess when the next Monona Express bus is going to arrive with our web-based locator and mobile app for smart phones.
The morning route begins on Copps Avenue at Shato Lane and makes 15 stops through Monona before heading to downtown Madison via Atwood Avenue / Williamsom Street. The bus makes two stops on the Capitol Square before heading down State Street to the Memorial Union, UW Hospital, VA Hospital, Meriter Hospital, and St. Marys Hospital.
There are four loops of this route; the first loop begins at 5:50 a.m.; the last loop begins at 8 a.m. Each loop of the route takes just under one hour to complete. To view the exact route, as well as where buses are currently located, go to TransLoc website. You can also download the TransLoc app for your ipad, android, or blackberry. Go the TransLoc site and click on the menu option titled Mobile, then select the app for your device.
The afternoon route begins with three stops in Monona (Roselawn and Femrite, Shato and Asher, and Shato and Copps) before heading west on Broadway to Highway 12/18 and John Nolen Drive. The route then makes stops at St. Marys Hospital, Meriter Hospital, VA Hospital, UW Hospital, Memorial Union, and the Capitol Square before heading back to Monona via Atwood Avenue / Williamson Street.
There are four loops of this route; the first loop begins at 3:20 p.m.; the last loop begins at 5:35 p.m. Each loop of the route takes approximately 80 minutes to complete. To view the exact route, as well as where buses are currently located, go to Transloc website. You can also download the TransLoc app for your ipad, android, or blackberry. Go to the TransLoc site and click on the menu option titled Mobile, then select the app for your device
Check with your employer to see if they offer discounts for Monona Express riders. Annual pass saves 35% over the daily rates.
Monona Express Fares
Regular rider cash fare
$3.00 per ride
Regular rider ticket with 20 rides
$2.25 per ride
Senior / Disabled rider
$1.50 per ride
$1.50 per ride
$0.50 per ride
Note: The Monona Lift accepts transfers from Madison Metro, but they do not accept transfers from our bus system. Exact fare required; drivers are not able to make change on buses.