Official Web site of Madison Metro.
In 1970, Madison Metro became responsible for all transit lines in the Madison area. The last streetcars ran in 1935.
In 1884, the Madison Street Railroad Co. was the first of several companies to operate public transportation in Madison. Streetcars were abandoned early, and the Madison Bus Co. had the longest run of any of the private companies.
Map showing streetcar system at its peak.
Many of today's bus routes in Madison have histories which can be traced back to streetcars, and even mule cars.
Streetcars operated in Madison until 1935.
Buses have operated in Madison since 1923.
The various carhouses in the Madison area were eventually replaced with a single modern bus garage.
Some information for this page is from "Badger Traction", the Central Electric Railfans' Association (CERA) Bulletin 111. Additional information is from the March 1984 issue of the magazine "Motor Coach Age".
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