Last Updated: 04/08/2022

Latest Update

April 07, 2022
Existing areas are in process of demolition for the creation of new areas: a break room, main entrance, training room, parts room and a tire shop. Site work is also ramping up, prepping for some new stormwater features and a location for a new gas generator and new/larger MGE transformer. Green Power moved existing solar inverters to accommodate the work in this phase of construction and added another 120 kW to the array this year. Metro will now have 480 kW of solar once it is brought back online later this month. Watch the construction progress on our Flickr page!

Project Overview

This project will provide new bus maintenance lifts, new building infrastructure including new boilers, a new generator, electric service, water service, water softeners and air compressors. The project also includes remodeling and relocation of the parts room and bathrooms. The project also includes construction of a new driver breakroom, driver training room, driver bathrooms and a new main building entrance. Budget is $8.0 M.

Work includes phasing to allow for continuous owner occupancy and 24-hour operations. This project builds on the Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects completed in 2019 and 2020. The improvement work includes, but is not limited to building infrastructure systems (MEPFP), excavation and concrete work to support new lifts and below grade utilities such as trench drains and sanitary connections, general building construction (walls, windows, painting, ceilings, etc) along with MEPFP systems to support the new and remodeled spaces.

This is the third phase of a 4-phase construction project (totaling $30M+). Over the next 3 years the capital improvement plan for this facility is to design and bid a project each year in the $6-9M range:

  • 2019 Construction: Metro Transit Phase 1 Service Bay Addition was the addition of a new service lane addition, totaling ~$6.5M

  • 2020 Construction: Metro Transit Phase 2 Facility Improvements was the replacement of HVAC throughout the facility, totaling ~$6.5M
  • 2021 Construction: Phase 3A is remodeling of maintenance bays and driver support spaces, including new lifts, and replacement of building infrastructure systems totaling ~$9.875M (THIS PROJECT; design started early 2020 and will be complete in early 2021;  Bidding April 2021)
  • 2022 will not have any construction work at this facility
  • 2023 Construction: Phase 3B is remodeling of Admin/Dispatch areas, and the balance of maintenance bays, totaling ~$9.0M (design starting early 2022)
  • 2024 and beyond – a potential Phase 5 (3C) and Phase 6 project to complete remodeling of bus storage areas and exterior improvements not currently in the 2021 Capital Budget.

More information regarding the "Metro Transit Space Needs Study" can be found at the Metro Bus Barn Study-East Washington Ave. project page.

Visit our Flickr page for project progress photos!

December 22, 2021 progress update: 
The below floor work is taking place for the new bus scissors lifts. It includes ventilation piping, electrical conduit, controls conduit and drainage piping along with a lot of concrete structure. These lifts are going in the location of the former Service Lane before it was relocated in Phase 1 (this is Phase 3). Half the lifts are being installed in this Phase and then the remaining will be installed in the next phase in 2023.  A new water service for the building has also been installed, while keeping the building fully operational (~200 buses each day dispatch out of this facility).

Project Schedule

City User Agency: Metro Transit
Project Status: CONSTRUCTION!

Design and Planning: Q1 2020 to Q1 2021
1st Advertisement of Bid: April 08, 2021 available on Bid Express

Bid Due Date: May 20, 2021
Construction Start Date: Mid to Late July 2021
Expected Completion Date: End of August 2022

"All information regarding dates/times/locations are informational and should be verified with official bidding documents posted on Bid Express."

LEED Goals:  None for phase 3A.  Planning for LEED v4 CI when Admin. area is remodeled

City Process Meetings

Jun. 18, 2021 File #65646

Awarding Public Works Contract No. 8981, Madison Metro Transit Phase 3A - Maintenance and Driver Facility Improvements.

Mar. 08, 2021 File #64120

Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Madison Metro Transit Phase 3A - Maintenance and Driver Facility Improvements

Jan. 27, 2020 File #58743
Resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively selected service contract with Mead and Hunt for architectural and engineering services for the Metro Transit Maintenance Facility (1101 E. Washington Ave) Phased Facility Upgrade. (6th AD)

Exterior rendering of Metro Transit Phase 3A - Maintenance and Driver Facility Improvements

Metro 3A Exterior Rendering