Bus Rapid Transit Project Development Kick Off Meeting
Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Continues!
Project Kick-Off Meeting, October 22, 2020
What: Madison East-West BRT Planning Study – Project Development Kickoff Virtual Meeting
When: Thursday, October 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Zoom link located at www.MadisonBRT.com
Why: Join us to learn about the next phase of the East-West BRT planning study, Project Development. Review the progress completed to date. Learn about the process and outcomes for BRT Project Development. Share your perspective on BRT routes, station design, service plan, and economic development impacts. Learn about improvements to existing North-South Metro routes.
In August, 2020 the City of Madison’s proposed East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System was accepted into the Federal Transit Authority’s Small Starts Program. The Small Starts Program is a competitive grant program supporting rail and other fixed guideway transit systems, including BRT. Acceptance into the program authorizes the city to proceed into Project Development, the more detailed planning process required for the implementation of the East-West BRT system.
BRT systems provide a faster, more reliable, and improved user experience to access jobs, schools, and entertainment through:
· High frequency service
· Dedicated lanes (where feasible)
· Signal management
· Larger buses with multi-door boarding and bike storage
· Modern accessible stations
· Cashless automated fare collections prior to boarding
· Coordinated connections to existing local bus systems
The East-West BRT Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), adopted by the Common Council on March 31st, 2020, will run along East Washington Avenue, around the Capitol building, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) campus, continuing west on University Avenue and Mineral Point Road to the West Towne Mall. The alignment is approximately 15 miles in length and will connect key activity centers such as Madison College, Downtown Madison, the UW-Madison campus, the Capitol and government buildings, and major employers located throughout the corridor, including CUNA Mutual, University Research Park and several malls.
The City of Madison invites community members to learn more about Madison’s East-West BRT, share input on proposed routes, station location, design, and amenities. The kickoff meeting is the first step in a broad public engagement process designed to ensure that Madison BRT reflects a range of community needs, concerns and priorities. Please share your input to make this project a success!
Project Website and Mailing List
Visit www.MadisonBRT.com to:
· Access the map of the approved locally preferred routes
· Review previous community input and project reports
· Learn about the current planning and engagement process
· Sign up for project updates, including public meetings and events