Thursday, April 25, 2024

Ride SMRT 2 Viroqua

The Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT) bus is a regional public transportation supported by public-private partnership in a multi-county area. In Wisconsin, with no Regional Taxing Authority for public transit, this is kind of a miracle. 

SMRT brings and takes workers, patients, elders, teens, and tourists from La Crosse to Tomah, Viroqua, and Prairie du Chien almost every weekday for $4 per ride. Those who live in rural communities along the routes may take the SMRT to an appointment at a La Crosse Clinic or to a job at a nursing home in the next community over. 

La Crosse Area Transit Advocates, a grassroots organization that educates about, supports, and advocates for better public transportation in our area, will host a ride on the SMRT bus to Viroqua on Wednesday, May 1. We'll catch the mid-morning Yellow route as it winds through La Crosse and land in Viroqua at about 11 a.m. From there, participants can visit the Vernon County Museum, Viroqua parks, fantastic local-food restaurants, and unique shops. There are several options for return times. There's even a public shared ride taxi in Viroqua.

The cost per ride is $4 cash, paid to the driver. More details can be found at  Space is limited!

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