S.M.R.T. - Regional Transit Bus for Southwest Wisconsin
rideSMRT Commuter Bus System for Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse Counties
Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit bus service runs weekdays, Monday - Friday.
The bus service began on Monday, December 3, 2012.
Cancellation Policy Due to Weather
In the event that Viroqua Area Schools cancel school due to the weather conditions, the SMRT buses will also cancel all routes for that day. In cases of a delay or early dismissal at Viroqua Area Schools, the SMRT buses will NOT cancel and will run as scheduled.
Prairie du Chien Bus Drivers Needed
Prairie du Chien round trip routes from PdC to La Crosse M-F. Applicants must have CDL with passenger endorsement, subject to pre-employment background and drug evaluation. Call Jeff at 608-637-2599.
Area businesses, local units of government, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are contributing to provide inexpensive public bus transportation for Southwest Wisconsin citizens.
The focus of this regional bus transit service is for commuters, elderly and disabled residents, the general public and potential tourism related travel. Each time you board the bus you pay only $3.00 (cash) one way no matter how far you ride. The drivers will not be making change, so please have correct payment ready.
If you have any questions about the routes, please call toll free: 877-444-6543.
SMRT will operate three routes with buses running Monday - Friday.
- Buses will be handicapped accessible with bike carriers
- $3.00 per one way trip. The drivers will not be making change, so please have correct payment ready.
- Depending on the size of the communities served, there would be one to six stops.
- Schedules are subject to change. It is your responsibility to check for updated schedules.
Discount Punch Cards
- $30.00 Value Punch Cards for $25.00
- $60.00 Value Punch Cards for $50.00
- New Monthly Passes Valued at $80.00
- Punch cards are Non-Refundable
Attention: The transportation of pets or other animals is not permitted on the SMRT bus.
Exception - Service animals for legally impaired individuals.
Route 1 - Red Route (Monday - Friday)
The Red Route bus early morning route begins in Viroqua, then stops in Readstown, Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, Mt. Sterling, Seneca, Eastman, and Prairie du Chien. The route then takes Hwy 35 north with stops in Lynxville, Ferryville, Lansing Bridge, De Soto, Genoa, Stoddard to La Crosse. The bus returns to Viroqua through Coon Valley and Westby. The mid-day route loops from Viroqua to Prairie du Chien and back to Viroqua. The late afternoon route loops from Viroqua to Cashton, Westby, Coon Valley, La Crosse, and back to Viroqua through Coon Valley and Westby.
SMRT Route 1 - Red Route Time Schedule (PDF)
(effective Monday, November 18, 2013)
Route 2 - Blue Route (Monday - Friday)
The Blue Route bus morning route begins in Viroqua, then goes to Genoa, Stoddard, La Crosse, Coon Valley, Cashton, Westby and back to Viroqua. The bus continues from Viroqua to Readstown, Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, Mt. Sterling, Seneca, Eastman, to Prairie du Chien, then returning back to Viroqua. The early-afternoon route loops from Viroqua to Genoa, Stoddard, La Crosse, Coon Valley, Westby and back to Viroqua. The late-afternoon route also loops from Viroqua to Genoa, Stoddard, La Crosse, Coon Valley, Westby and back to Viroqua.
SMRT Route 2 - Blue Route Time Schedule (PDF)
(effective Monday, September 16, 2013)
Route 3 - Yellow Route (Monday - Friday)
The Yellow Route bus makes two morning loops from Viroqua, to Westby, Coon Valley, La Crosse, Stoddard, Genoa and back to Viroqua. The afternoon bus begins at Viroqua, then goes to Westby, Coon Valley, La Crosse, Stoddard, Genoa, De Soto, Lansing Bridge, Ferryville, Lynxville, Prairie du Chien, Eastman, Seneca, Mt. Sterling, Gays Mills, Soldiers Grove, Readstown, and back to Viroqua.
SMRT Route 3 - Yellow Route Time Schedule (PDF)
(effective Monday, September 16, 2013)
Prairie du Chien stops
La Crosse stops
Currently all stops will be made on public streets/roads, business locations are only listed on the routes to assist bus users in identifying the stop locations.
Please check back often as we better define the stops, and identify "park and ride" locations.
- About Schedules and Routes, contact Running Inc. (877) 444-6543.
- About SMRT Vision and the Transportation Coordination Committee, contact:
Peter Fletcher, Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, (608) 785-9396, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynda Wilke, Vernon County, (608) 637-5201, email@example.com
Jeanne Christie, Crawford County, (608) 326-0235, firstname.lastname@example.org
- About the Supplemental Transportation Rural Assistance Program, contact:
Jacob Miller, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, (608) 264-7335, Jacob1.Miller@dot.wi.gov
The transportation system is funded with support from many local governments, businesses, institutions, and the Supplemental Rural Transit Assistance Program (STRAP), which is a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program administered by the Wisconsin DOT. The FTA also supported the acquisition of the buses. Business supporters include Gundersen Lutheran, Organic Valley, Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Walmart, and Dairyland Power.