BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT)
The City of Madison is working to implement a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that will provide improved travel times, higher capacity, and more frequent service than our current local bus service. The proposed BRT will modernize and streamline Madison public transit by implementing dedicated bus lanes, providing pre-paid ticketing stations, and building accessible boarding platforms among other improvements. Furthermore, plans for BRT include a new fleet of larger buses providing more space for passengers and indoor storage for bicycles.
Although plans have not been finalized, around 80,000 residents are estimated to live within a 10-minute walk to a BRT stop. And with buses arriving every 15 minutes, BRT will be a cheaper, and potentially faster alternative to personal automobiles and ridesharing services thereby reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.
Madison is For People believes that housing and transportation go hand-in-hand, and we support Bus Rapid Transit as a necessary and welcome change so that Madison can flourish into a more sustainable, accessible, and people-centric place to live.
Madison's Historical Zoning and Street Plan
Courtesy of the Washington University in St. Louis Special Collections, we have copies of Madison's first zoning ordinance, transportation plan, and street plan. These documents can be accessed at our Google Drive. These documents offer insight into how our city developed, and why it looks the way it does today.