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La Crosse MTU (Municipal Transit Utility) 



The UWL Student Association, UWL Administration, and MTU worked together to bring UW-La Crosse students and employees the U-PASS program. The Program has two parts: daily unlimited, fare free passage on all MTU bus routes and the Safe Ride - a safe ride between downtown and campus during evening hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Safe Ride began with the Fall 2000-01 Semester and the daily fare free MTU service for students kicked off with the Spring 2000-01 Semester. 

From the fall of 2000 through 2022, MTU buses have provided over 2.6 million rides for students!


The UW-La Crosse U-PASS program for students is provided by your Student Association and includes unlimited access to any Municipal Transit Utility (MTU) bus -anytime, anywhere! Just show your UWL Student I.D. card to the bus driver and you're ready to go anywhere you like. The cost of the program is included in your student fees. Any non-UWL student can ride at regular fare.


Effective through August 30, 2024, bus passes are available to purchase for $75 per year.  Passes may be purchased by check/cash or payroll deduction. 

U-Pass Check/Cash Form

  • Submit completed form to the Cashier’s Office, 121 Graff Main Hall.

U-Pass Payroll Deduction Request Form

  • If you would like assistance completing this form, please contact Human Resources by calling 608-785-8013 or
  • Submit completed form to the Cashier’s Office, 121 Graff Main Hall.

Questions about the program may be sent to Vickie Baer, Administration and Finance, 608.785.8021.


General Hours of Service for Fare Free Ride

Monday - Friday 5:10 a.m. - 10:40 p.m.
Saturday 7:40 a.m. - 7:40 p.m.
Sunday 7:40 a.m. - 6:40 p.m.

Buses run every hour year round. In addition, Route 5 runs every half hour on Saturday and Sunday when school is in session(no summer).

For more information on MTU routes, please check out the MTU website or call 608.789.7350.

If you have a question on a detour/construction within your intended route please do not hesitate to call MTU at 608-789-7350 for more details.