Directions, Parking & Maps - Downtown

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211 North Carroll Street
Madison, WI 53703

Parking Information

City of Madison Downtown Public Parking Ramps

Ramps closest to Madison College Downtown Education Center

#5 State Street Capitol Ramp
Across Carroll Street from Madison College Downtown Education Center
Disabled Parking Information

# 3 Overture Center Ramp
Two blocks west of Madison College Downtown Education Center on Mifflin Street

#1 Capitol Square North Ramp
Two blocks east of Madison College Downtown Education Center on Dayton Street

(See map below.)

Transportation and Parking Map for Downtown Madison

Hourly parking rates are posted at the entrance and exit of each facility and are subject to change.

Parking meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Meter rates vary and are posted on each meter.

New revenue collection equipment allowing parkers with cash or credit card have been installed at all city parking ramps.

Monthly parking is available at some locations. Call (608) 267-8752 for information on rates, locations and availability.

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Other Parking Options and Information

Street Meters

Street meters are located throughout the central downtown area. Watch for signs designating loading/unloading areas or tow-away zones during rush hours.

Report any malfunctioning meters by calling (608) 266-4761. Make sure you have your meter number and license plate number.

Caution: Metered parking on Johnson Street is available from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., cars will be ticketed and towed. Do not park along Johnson Street between 7 and 9 a.m. or 3 and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays!

Generally, vehicles are towed around the corner to Wisconsin Avenue. Call (608) 266-4260 or (608) 255-2345 for the location of towed vehicles.

Private Parking

There are limited private parking options in the downtown area. For example, there are several vertical parking structures nearby. The price for monthly parking could be a bargain if shared by a carpool.

Free Two-Hour Parking

There is free two-hour parking on the streets east of the Downtown Education Center, north of Johnson Street; watch for the signs. Caution: $20 tickets are issued for parking over the time limit.

Downtown Students Parking at Madison College Truax Campus

If you are taking courses only at the Downtown Education Center and would like to access student activities and services at the Truax campus, you can purchase a student parking sticker that entitles you to park in any student parking area at Truax between Wright/Hoffman/Pearson Streets. This sticker can be purchased in the Truax parking office in Rm 129G and vehicle information (make, model, license plate number is required.

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Madison College Loading Zones

A loading area limited to 15-minute parking is available on Dayton Street. An outside phone is provided to assist with access for unloading in the shipping and receiving area on the Dayton Street side. You can call ahead at (608) 246-6100 to arrange for assistance in unloading, if needed.

Caution:  Loading zones are to be used for loading and unloading ONLY!  Loading zones are patrolled and Madison police will ticket violators.

Other Transportation Information


Madison has an extensive system of bike routes, including designated sidewalks, streets, bike/bus-only lanes, and separated bike paths. Bikeway maps are available from the Madison Transportation Agency. The City of Madison requires bicycles to be registered, which may be done at any city fire station, at the City Treasurer's office or online at www.cityofmadison.com. Bicycle racks are available on the Johnson Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Dayton Street sides of the building. Caution: bicycles are NOT allowed inside the Downtown Education Center.


Sharing the ride to work or school can be an inexpensive, energy efficient, and an ecological alternative to driving alone. Vanpools provide an economical means of transportation for persons commuting over 20 miles to Madison. Carpool name matching services are available through the Dane County Ridesharing Coordinator and State of Wisconsin Trans Plan Coordinator. Local newspapers publish free ads for persons wishing to form carpools. For more information on vanpools or carpools, call 608-266-RIDE (7233), or consult the City of Madison's Rideshare website.

Bus Service

As a student, you can ride the Metro Transit bus anywhere in Madison with your Madison College OneCard and bus pass!

Madison Metro Ride Guides are available from the rack adjacent to the Transportation and Parking bulletin board in the first floor Carroll Street hall. Most buses also carry a stock on board.You can also check out routes and schedules and plan your trip online at www.mymetrobus.com.

If you prefer to pay cash for your trip, rates of fare vary, and exact change is needed before boarding the bus. Metro's Fare$avers, which are discounted prepaid fare options, are also available for purchase at several locations throughout greater Madison, including the Downtown Education Center Bookstore. Check the sales outlet list in the back of the Metro Ride Guide in the first floor Carroll Street hall for other locations. You can also buy passes and tickets online at www.mymetrobus.com.

For trip planning or other assistance, call Madison Metro's Customer Service Center at (608) 266-4466 (TDD: 267-1143) or e-mail mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com.

Metro Transit Accessibility Information

Park & Ride

Park & Ride lots are available that enable you to park your car at the periphery of Madison and continue your trip to the downtown by bus. A new Park & Ride is available next to the Metro Transit North Transfer Point. 

Services for those with Disabilities

Building Entrances

Doors on the Dayton Street and Wisconsin Avenue entrances are equipped for handicapped use with automatic opening actuators. The Wisconsin Avenue doors are locked after 5:00 pm.

Disabled Parking

Marked disabled parking is available at street level in the State Street Capitol Ramp. Stalls are located along the Dayton and Johnson Street sides of the ramp. (Enter via Johnson Street or Dayton Street – there is no access to these spaces from the Carroll Street entrances.)

Marked disabled parking is also available on levels 2 through 5 in the Pay-On-Foot portion of the ramp, adjacent to the elevators. (Enter via the Carroll Street entrances.) Parking fees will apply.

Vehicles properly displaying a valid DIS license plate or hangtag issued by Wisconsin (or any other state) are granted the following parking privileges provided the person with the disability is in the vehicle when the vehicle is being parked.

  • Exemption from time limitations in parking places with 30-minute or more limits. (This does not include parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities that have a posted time limit.)
  • Exemption from payment in metered parking places with 30-minute or more limits. (This does not include payment collected by parking cashiers or at pay stations.)

For information about disabled license plates or permits, contact the Wisconsin Department Of Transportation at (608) 266-3041 (voice) or (608) 264-8703 (TTY) between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.   

Metro Bus Services

Metro Transit routes are accessible to people using a mobility aid. Metro Transit also offers paratransit service to eligible people with disabilities who are unable to use fixed route Metro service.  Call 608-266-4466 or e-mail mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com (TTY 267-1143) for more information on paratransit service.

Tobacco-Free Campus

As of July 1, 2010, all Madison Area Technical College campuses and grounds, including district-owned and district-leased property, are tobacco free. Tobacco use is prohibited inside all college owned and leased vehicles, buildings, grounds and parking lots.

Find out more about Madison College's tobacco-free environment, including FAQs and cessation resources.