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Why Ride the bus?
First of all, you have unlimited access just by showing your student ID.  That means you can ride any MTU bus, anytime, anywhere at no charge.  Secondly, fewer cars will help alleviate parking congestion on and around campus and also help protect the environment.  Riding the bus is easy and convenient.  Chat with friends, roommates, or co-workers on the bus.  Catch up on reading.  Or just enjoy a break.  You'll even get to class on time!

Where do I catch the bus?
You can catch the bus at any MTU bus stop in town. Pick up a copy of the MTU Bus Schedule and find the nearest bus stop. If you're not sure of the bus route or if you need help figuring out where or how to get a transfer bus, call 789-7350 for assistance, or check out our the MTU website.

How often do the buses run?
Buses run on campus every 15 to 60 minutes depending on the day of the week and time  
of day. See the MTU Bus Schedule for exact times and routes.

Where can I get a copy of the MTU Bus Schedule?
Visit to download the mobile app or view a mobile version of the routes.

Can I ride only to and from the UW-La Crosse campus?
No, you can ride any of the MTU routes all around town. Bus route #4 serves campus directly and you can easily transfer to other routes to get anywhere in La Crosse, La Crescent, French Island - including the airport - and the Hwy 16 retail corridor. Go to the MTU website  for the location of bus stops on campus.

When should I be at the bus stop?
Plan to be at your bus stop 5 minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive.

When I'm on the bus, how do I signal the bus driver to stop at my destination?
When you see the bus getting close to your destination, pull the bell cord or push the yellow bell tape located between the windows. Try to signal the driver about one block before your destination so the driver has time to make a smooth, safe stop. Exit through the rear doors and step clear of the bus.

Can I bring my bicycle to campus?
No problem. Every MTU bus is equipped with bike racks. Just ride your bike to your bus stop, load it onto the bike rack at the front of the bus and you're set to go!

Do the buses still run during school breaks and holidays?
Yes, they do. However, schedules are modified. Check the MTU Bus Schedule for exact routes and times.

What rules do I follow riding the bus?

  • You may listen to audiobooks, music, etc., but please use it only with headphones. 
  • Eating, drinking, and smoking are not allowed. 
  • Seeing eye dogs or guide dogs are the only animals allowed. 
  • Remain seated, or if you're standing, hold onto a support at all times while the bus is moving.