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A Fun Way to Learn to Use the Bus

Many seniors do not use the Madison metro buses because they haven't had the opportunity to learn the bus system. RSVP's Bus Buddy Program pairs seasoned bus riders with learners and the results have been somewhat magical. Once seniors have the confidence to travel around the city via bus, their world expands. They have the freedom to go to senior centers, shopping, and entertainment. They can plan a fun outing with friends rather than stay confined to their home.

Learners: Expand your World via the Bus

Don't let a lack of transportation keep you from enjoying all Madison has to offer. Let a Bus Buddy help you learn to use the city bus. RSVP Bus Buddy volunteers help inexperienced bus riders become experienced. They will accompany you on your first few bus trips to help you learn the bus system and routes, as well as how to request assistance (large print schedules, ramps, seating, etc.). If you would like to have a Bus Buddy help you navigate the bus system, contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or . There is no cost to participate.

Experienced Bus Riders: Share Your Knowledge

If you are a seasoned bus rider, you can help our program grow by sharing your knowledge as a Bus Buddy Coordinator volunteer. You will be matched with a learner and travel with them for several rides until they are comfortable traveling on their own. You can also be a part of Bus Buddy Tours to fun Madison locations. If you would like more information about becoming a Bus Buddy Coordinator, contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or .

Bus Buddy Tours

You can also combine learning to use the bus with a fun outing by joining a free Bus Buddy Tour. Bus Buddy Coordinators lead group tours that include instructions on how to use the bus, a visit to a local attraction and a complimentary lunch or snack (thanks to funding from Dane County Human Services and AAA). You'll have fun, learn the bus system, and meet other learners. The schedule of our 2019 tours is below. For more information or to register for a tour, contact Diana Jost at 608-441-1393 or .

  • Wednesday, May 29: Monona Terrace Mindful Meditation at 12 noon
    Enjoy scenic Monona Terrace and experience a brief class in mindful meditation followed by a snack at the Wednesday Farmer's Market.
  • Wednesday, June 26: The Bubbler at the Madison Public Library at 10:30
    Enjoy participating in a hands on project at the Bubbler Room followed by lunch at Parthenon Gyro restaurant.
  • Wednesday, July 24: Senior Day at Madison Mallard's Baseball at 11:30
    Come experience all the fun of a Madison Mallard Baseball game. Game starts at 12:05.
  • Thursday, August 20: Point Cinema at 10:30
    Enjoy a blockbuster movie and some popcorn at Point Cinema.
  • Tuesday, September 24: Lanes Bakery and UW Space Place at 9:30
    Learn about the stars and constellations and planets on a tour of UW Space Place. Enjoy coffee and pastry at Lane's Bakery, followed by a tour of UW Space Place
  • Wednesday, October 23: End of Season lunch at RSVP of Dane County at 11:30
    Enjoy lunch as you listen to a guest speaker from Madison Metro Bus and information about Med Lock Boxes. Med Lock Box give-away