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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 2020 tours is below. For more information or to register for a tour, contact Diana Jost at 608-441-1393 or .

  • Tuesday, May 19: Willy St. Co-op East Cooking Class & Lunch 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 16: Henry Vilas Zoo & Picnic 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 15: Olbrich Gardens & Lunch at Garver Feed Mill 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 18: MSCR Pontoon Boat Ride & Picnic 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 10: Chazen Art Museum & Lunch at University Club 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Friday, October 2: Point Cinema Movie & Popcorn 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM