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.


Attention: Effective Monday, February 27,2017- The Red Bus will have a change in schedule during the end of Route 2 and the beginning of Route 3.


During severe weather, you can tune to the following radio stations for SMRT Bus Route Cancellations. Viroqua: 102.3 FM, 105.9 FM, 1360 AM; Prairie du Chien: 94.3 FM or go to www.news8000.com


To receive SMRT Bus Route updates, text ridesmrt to 662-200-4303.

rideSMRT BusArea 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.

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Attention: The transportation of pets or other animals is not permitted on the SMRT bus.

Exception - Service animals for legally impaired individuals.

S.M.R.T. Bus Routes

Route 1 - Blue Route (Monday - Friday)

The Blue Route bus has three routes that all start in Viroqua, then stops in Westby, Coon Valley to La Crosse. This route then returns to Viroqua through Coon Valley and Westby. Blue Route also stops in LaFarge early morning and late afternoon. There is an early morning route, a mid-morning route and a later afternoon route.

SMRT Bus Blue Route Time Schedule (PDF) PDF

Route 2 - Yellow Route (Monday - Friday)

The Yellow Route bus has four routes that all start in Viroqua, then stops in Westby, Coon Valley to La Crosse. This route then returns to Viroqua through Coon Valley and Westby. There are two morning routes, a mid-day route and an afternoon route.

SMRT Bus Yellow Route Time Schedule (PDF) PDF

Route 3 - Red Route (Monday - Friday)

The Red Route bus has three routes that all start in Prairie du Chien, then stop in Lynxville, Ferryville, De Soto, Genoa, Stoddard to La Crosse. This route then returns to Prairie du Chien by stopping at the same locations. There is an early morning route, a mid-day route and an afternoon route.

SMRT Bus Red Route Time Schedule (PDF) PDF


Prairie du Chien stops

  • Downtown (Blackhawk Ave/Main St)
  • Cabela's
  • Crossing Rivers Health

Viroqua stops

  • Vernon Memorial Hospital,
    Main Entrance, 507 S. Main St.
  • Viroqua Walmart

La Crosse stops

  • Ward Ave / 21 St. Pl. (by Marcus Theatres)
  • VA River Valley Clinic - State Rd.
  • Gundersen Health (7th St. East Bldg.)
  • Mayo (11th St. Entrance) / Viterbo (Mississippi St.)
  • Downtown - 5th Ave/King St. (Cameron Park)
  • Western Technical College (7th St. - Academic Resource Center, MTU Shelter)
    WTC students and faculty with a valid WTC ID can ride the Bus for free
  • UW-L - State St. (Cartwright Center)
  • ShopKo South
  • AMTRAK (Optional - if requested)

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.

Questions Answered

Cooperating Partners

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 Health System, Crossing Rivers Health, Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Organic Valley, Dairyland Power, and the Otto Bremer Foundation.


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