It saddens me greatly to hear of the passing of Paul Larrousse, the manager of Metro Transit from 1989 until 2000.
Larrousse came to Madison’s bus system as an assistant general manager in the early to mid-1980s and became the general manager in 1989. He developed a vision for Metro Transit at a time when it was needed.
Prior to 1990, the bus system was a classic, post-war radial transit system with declining ridership. In 1990, Larrousse guided the first major changes with his trunk and feeder concept that was moderately successful. In perhaps the most significant change to service since steel wheels and tracks gave way to rubber tires, Larrousse championed a system designed around transfer points — which is the essential design operated today.