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Conveniently located about 35 miles from Madison, 90 minutes from Milwaukee, three hours from Chicago and four hours from the Twin Cities, Portage is easily accessible by various transportation options. Interstate 90/94 and Interstate 39 intersect just three miles south of Portage. Travelers from Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford can continue west on I-90/94 to the Twin Cities. Travelers can head north along I-39 to Stevens Point and Wausau. State Highways 51 and 16 pass through the city and intersect State Highway 33 in the heart of downtown.

Portage Public Transit

The Portage Public Transit shuttles commuters from Portage’s Market Square to Madison’s North Transfer Point and back Monday through Friday for a minimal fare. Van Pool exists for commuters to Madison, and the Snow Shuttle Xpress makes hourly stops during the winter months at various locations throughout the Portage area. The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Columbia County provides transportation for seniors who are over 60 years of age as well as the disabled for a nominal charge. In addition, the Portage Cab Company is available for rides in town 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A new shuttle service in conjunction with the Ride Improvement Project of Columbia County carries passengers between Portage, Pardeeville and Poynette.

More unique forms of travel are available to visitors as well. Amtrak is home to a station serving rail passengers on its popular cross-country Empire Builder Route, while the Canadian Pacific Rail mainline carries rail freight service through Portage. The Portage Municipal Airport is a public-use facility featuring two asphalt runways. Commercial air service is available, too, through the Dane County Regional Airport, located just 35 minutes from Portage.

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