Madison mayor touts impact of infrastructure law on bus rapid transit plans

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Tuesday touted the benefits the city will get from the bipartisan federal infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed into law in November.

Federal funding will be essential to help establish Madison’s bus rapid transit system, Rhodes-Conway said.

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“Additional federal funding will help us build our BRT system, revamp our bus facilities, and build charging stations for our electric fleet,” the mayor said during a news conference at the facility. North Metro Transit interview Tuesday morning. “I am grateful to President Biden, Secretary (of Transportation) (Pete) Buttigieg, Senator (Tammy) Baldwin and Rep. (Mark) Pocan for helping Madison move quickly to implement a rapid transit system by fully electric bus.

The funding will allow the city to purchase dozens of new electric buses without spending additional local money or having to purchase a mix of electric and diesel buses. Rhodes-Conway said the cleaner fleet will save the city more than $125,000 per vehicle in maintenance costs and save nearly a quarter million gallons of fuel each year.

The press conference marked the start of a statewide push by the left-leaning group Opportunity Wisconsin to promote the infrastructure law ahead of the midterm elections.

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