Downtown Advocacy Group Opposes State Street and Capitol Rapid Transit Stops | Local government

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With rapid transit, Upper State Street will likely have about 60% fewer buses during rush hour than in 2019, and most buses will be electric vehicles, according to the city. Lower State Street will likely have no buses running there.


RUTHIE HAUGE


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In a statement Wednesday, the downtown Madison advocacy group joined with other opponents of locating a rapid transit bus route and stops along State Street and the plaza. from the Capitol.

DMI Chairman Jason Ilstrup said opposition to the location stems from a desire to have public conversations about what the future of State Street might be and to keep that vision flexible.

“If you put bigger rapid transit stations on the street, it limits what you can do with that vision to move forward,” Ilstrup said.

The future bus rapid transit line aims to be a high-frequency, limited-stop service that would move more people faster around the city. When implemented in 2024, it is expected to have two stops on the 100 to 300 blocks of State Street and on Capitol Square.

Bus rapid transit is a priority for Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and his administration. The federal government has also set aside $ 80 million for the project, making Madison one of six BRT projects recommended for funding next year.

In a statement on Wednesday, Rhodes-Conway said the current plan addresses many concerns expressed by State Street businesses, including halving bus volumes, reducing shelters, removing up to eight existing bus stops and probably the removal of all buses on Lower State Street


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