VERONA — Workers at Epic Systems Corp. who live in Downtown Madison will soon have another option to get to work, one that will include free wi-fi and curb-side pickup.
On June 12, a fleet of three small buses — each retrofitted with USB charging ports, flat-screen televisions, tile flooring and 15 custom-made seats with armrests and cup holders — will begin shuttling Epic employees to work and back.
The Black Mamba Bus Co. will make stops at four different apartment buildings in Madison’s downtown three times each morning with return trips in the afternoon. Tickets are $8.50 each way. The buses will also make stops at Madison’s Cafe Social to pick up pre-ordered coffee and breakfast.
The cost is more than taking an over-crowded Metro Transit bus but less than using Uber or a taxi, said Zac Keryluk, 22, a Verona High School graduate and former University of Wisconsin hockey player.
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“They’re really struggling to cope with the number of people they need to transport,” Keryluk said of Madison Metro. Some market research convinced him it’s hard for Epic employees to get to work. “This should be here. We were surprised it wasn’t.”
Trips will run between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and start at 4 p.m. for return trips home. Initial apartments served will include Lux, Domain, Ovation and Findorff Yards, said Keryluk.
His parents, Ken Keryluk and Melissa Wee, are behind Legend’s Edge, a proposed 65-acre mixed-use development at Highway PD and Shady Oaks Trail.