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New State Street Bus Rapid Transit station designs address business concerns

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New BRT design(Office of the Mayor)
Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 4:05 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - On the brink of success. After 30 years, Madison could finally see a Bus Rapid Transit system that business owners, community members and the city approve of.

The city hopes new renderings released today of stations on State Street will address business owners’ concerns.

The two State Street stops were decreased in size – from 75 to 50 feet – and are more transparent, allowing storefronts to be visible through them.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway believes BRT will make it faster to access necessities and amenities in Madison as well as increase business development.

“State Street is part of the Metro Transit routing not because we don’t care about State Street, but because State Street is a critical destination in our city,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway said.

New BRT design
New BRT design(Office of the Mayor)

Madison is one of only six cities recommended to receive federal funding next year. Eighty million dollars has been set aside in President Biden’s 2022 fiscal budget to help to fund the project.

“We need to take advantage of this historic moment and finally bring Rapid Transit to our great city,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway said.

BRT will be implemented in 2024, when lower State Street will likely have no buses running on it, the Mayor’s office said. The street’s 10 existing bus stops will likely be consolidated into the two BRT stops revealed today, and BRT will only run on three of the eight blocks of State Street (100 to 300).

The vision is to have consistent bus service every 5 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight on State Street, connecting to several Madison districts.

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