The City of Madison on Monday unveiled new State Street bus stop designs for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system slated for 2024. The plan includes smaller, more transparent bus stops in response to concerns from bus companies. State Street that previous larger concept designs would block storefronts. and be bad for business.
The system is expected to replace the city’s current transit system and start operating in 2024, using $ 80 million in federal transportation funds and using larger capacity, higher frequency buses with dedicated lanes to connect West Towne, Hilldale, Capital East District and East Areas of the city.
Some business owners had called for the BRT’s routes to be removed entirely from State Street, a proposal the city pushed back, saying it would delay development and leave the BRT unconnected to one of the city’s most popular destinations. city.
âState Street is a cultural and regional destination. It is part of the heart of the city to which we want all residents from the far east to the far west, north to south to have easy access, âMayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said at a conference. press Monday.
The proposed bus stop designs for State Street would replace the existing ten stops with two, with a design smaller than the original concept as well as transparent walls. The route would stretch the 100 to 300 blocks of State Street, likely leaving the lower part of the street without any buses. The new design replaces the original 75-foot platform with a 50-foot platform designed for riders with different abilities. The size of the shelters would not be larger than that of the street today, according to the city’s press release.
âWe have listened and worked to address the concerns of State Street businesses over the past several years,â Transportation Director Tom Lynch said in a statement. “Today we are releasing a modified BRT station design that is more context sensitive and will improve the public transport situation for the entire street.”
About a quarter of a million people used buses on upper State Street in 2019, according to city data. The city estimates that part of State Street will have about 60% fewer buses during rush hour than in 2019 due to the nature of the system, with most buses being quieter and being zero-emission electric vehicles. .
The plan includes consistent service to State Street every five minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight.
BRT’s plans have been in the works for years, with current plans the result of 14 public meetings and 7,000 contacts and responses, the city said. They have also been approved twice by the city council.
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