University of Wisconsin–Madison

Safe transportation options available 24 hours during Finals Week

The Division of Student Life has partnered with UW Transportation Services and College Library to provide a pilot shuttle service that will run between College Library and all University Residence Halls to offer students 24 hours of safe transportation options during finals week.

The shuttle will run every 30 minutes on the half hour from midnight through 6:00 a.m., December 14- 21. This service will supplement and combine with other late travel options such as SAFEwalk and bus Routes 81 and 82, which aren’t available all night.

“Finals week is a challenging time and it’s important for our students to be able to focus on their academics. This is one way we can lighten the burden on our students. College Library is the only campus library open 24 hours and we want to offer safe transportation services into the early morning hours,” explains Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lori Berquam. “We know the number of students who are studying in College Library significantly increases during finals week, so providing safe and easy transportation is the least we can do to help our students do their very best.”

According to Carrie Kruse, director of College Library, “During the regular semester, the nightly average at 3:00 a.m. is between 50-60 students, but during finals, nearly 500 students can be found studying at that hour. There is clearly enough demand during finals to offer this service and we know students will make good use of it and be very appreciative.”

The Division of Student Life and Transportation Services are funding this pilot shuttle with a goal to help Badgers stay focused and motivated until the end of fall semester. This is one small way to make a difference for our students.

Director of Transportation Services Patrick Kass says he’s pleased to collaborate with College Library and the Division of Student Life on the pilot shuttle program. “In a busy and stressful time like finals week, we’re happy to connect students with easier access to late-night studying at College Library.”