YEAR 2000 - When the program began for Madison College students in 2000, only fall and spring semester bus rides were included. Within the first few years of the program, the Student Senate worked to add summer services and then para-transit services.
YEARS 2004 and 2005 - Greater accountability was established with specially designed passes in 2004 and with the installation of pass-readers in 2005. The Student Senate negotiated with Metro Transit to install a digital sign at Truax to indicate arrival times of buses, thus allowing students to wait indoors for their buses.
Over the years, Metro Transit has added more and more hybrid buses to their fleet, making transportation cleaner and quieter. The Metro-Transit-Tracker service provides real-time bus arrivals for every stop deliverable right to student cell-phones and PDAs. Students may sign-up for rider alerts, as well.
Non-bus riders may sign-up to receive alerts regarding weather, snow emergencies, road construction, traffic hazards, etc.
YEAR 2010 - In 2010, the Student Senate launched the Campus-to-Campus Shuttle Program, with non-stop service between the Downtown and Truax campuses. Students asked for the shuttle to run longer into the afternoon and the service was extended to run from 7 am to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday on class-days. Likewise, students asked for shuttle service between the Downtown and West campuses. The West Shuttle has been established, but reports low ridership numbers.
YEAR 2011 - In the fall of 2011, the Student Senate purchased a bike rack for the front of the East Shuttle. Students asked for this and use it all the time. A rack will be considered for the West Shuttle, if ridership significantly increases from current levels.
YEAR 2012 - Beginning for the 2012-13 academic year, the Student Senate seeks to reduce shuttle crowding by increasing the number of runs between the Downtown Campus and the Truax Campus. The East Shuttle will provide 10 more runs per day, than in previous semesters.
Likewise, beginning in the fall of 2012, the Commuter Services fee of $46 per semester (summer) includes all services: bus, para-transit, parking and shuttle.