RoundTrip helps you build a better commute with affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation options.
PLAN YOUR COMMUTE
RoundTrip's free commute matching platform empowers commuters who are interested in carpooling, vanpooling, riding public transit, or bicycling to work in Dane County. Follow these four easy steps to get started:
Create an Account
Sign up for a free RoundTrip account using your name, email, and phone number. You may also sign up with Facebook.
Set your Preferences
Fill out your home and work/school locations, plus important details such as your schedule, areas of flexibility, availability to drive, and transportation preferences. Your home address is always kept confidential.
Search for a Match
After you've set your preferences, RoundTrip will search for matches based on your commute interests (carpool, vanpool, bike and/or bus). If your employer is registered in RoundTrip, you may limit the search to your workplace, or search the entire database.
If RoundTrip finds one or more matches, you will receive a list with the email and/or phone contacts for potential carpool, vanpool, and/or bike partners – then it’s up to you to reach out and make a plan!
Please note that registering with RoundTrip and running a search does not obligate you to participate. You may turn off matching and/or remove your profile at any time.
Sign Up for Emergency Ride Home (ERH)
After you create an account with RoundTrip and begin commuting by carpool, vanpool, bus or bike, sign up for our free emergency ride home (ERH) program to ensure that you'll never be stranded at work in an emergency.
State of Wisconsin vanpools serve state and non-state employees commuting to Madison from outlying communities. Participants can join an established route or form a new vanpool with enough interested riders. Enjoy low rates, comfortable vans, and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations!
Metro Transit provides public transit service in the Madison area, with routes serving five park-n-rides and extending to Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, and Verona. All Metro buses are equipped with bike racks.
JobRide provides transportation for low-income individuals going to or from work in areas that are inaccessible during non-peak public transportation hours. JobRide operates 24-hours per day, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Rides must be pre-scheduled through an application process. Click here for more information and to apply.
The City of Monona offers multiple forms of public transportation, including the Monona Express, which provides morning and afternoon commuter service to and from Madison.
Sun Prairie shared ride taxi provides door-to-door service within a three-mile radius of Sun Prairie, east of the interstate.
Stoughton shared ride taxi provides door-to-door service within a three-mile radius of the city limits.
BIKE AND WALK
Bicycling and walking are great ways to build physical activity and fresh air into your daily routine. They’re also more affordable, relaxing, sustainable, and fun. Read below for local bike/walk resources in Dane County:
Madison BCycle is an urban bike share service with 49 stations and over 400 e-bikes rentable by the half hour or longer. The BCycle fleet is 100% electric!
Bring your Bike on the Bus
All Metro buses are equipped with bike racks, making it easy to combine bicycling and transit in your commuting routine. Learn about how to easily load and unload your bike by clicking here.
BikePool & Bike Buddies
Commuting with friends is more fun! To search for a Bike Buddy, begin by using RoundTrip's Find a Match feature to indicate your level of experience with bicycling. Then, search for interested bike commuters with similar routes and contact potential matches to develop a bikepooling plan.
- Calling all bike enthusiasts: We are always looking to expand RoundTrip's pool of experienced Bike Buddies, so if you are a bike commuter willing to connect and be a resource for others, create a RoundTrip profile today with "bicycling" as one of your commute preferences!
Additional Bicycle Resources
- Dane County Bike Maps: The Greater Madison MPO maintains a complete list of local (Dane County) and statewide maps for bicyclists, including the Dane County Bicycle Map, which includes a low-stress bike route finder. Click here to view all maps.
- Bike Madison: This City of Madison page provides access to the latest news and events, rules of the road, commuting tips, and other bike-related resources. Click here for more info.
- Local Advocacy Groups: No matter your level of experience, there are many local groups available to provide support and resources to help you meet your goals. Check out any of the following for more information: Madison Bikes, Sun Prairie Moves, Bike Fitchburg.
Park-n-rides offer a great way to reduce your drive-alone commute and save on parking costs by connecting with a carpool, vanpool, bus route or bike buddy along the way. Parking is always free and many park-n-rides offer overnight parking, secure bike racks, shelters, lighting, and more.
Connect to Transit: Metro Transit serves five park-n-ride lots in Dane County. Click here to view park-n-rides served by Metro transit.
State Park-n-Rides: The State of Wisconsin maintains ten park-n-ride lots in Dane County. Click here to view lot locations in Dane County and throughout the state