Transportation Planning Board

MADISON AREA BUS RApID TRANSIT STUDY

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The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board – A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has finished the Transit Corridor Study to develop and evaluate system-level and corridor-level concept plans for bus rapid transit (BRT) along four primary transit corridors in the Madison area. The final report can be downloaded below.

 BRT is a frequent, high-capacity, limited-stop transit service that offers improved rider experience on busy travel corridors. It offers many similar advantages to rail transit, including reduced travel times, high capacity, operational efficiencies, attraction of new transit riders, and enhanced image.   

The BRT study - led by SRF Consulting Group - analyzed potential BRT routing alternatives, identified passenger facility and fleet needs, assessed transit signal priority opportunities, and estimated costs and ridership levels.   Based on the results of the study and observations from other communities where BRT has been implemented, there is good potential for the successful implementation of BRT in the Madison area.

The BRT study was guided by an Oversight Committee with representatives from Metro Transit, the City of Madison and other local communities, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC), Dane County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and others. The BRT study is coordinated with a transit-oriented development (TOD) market study that CARPC is undertaking, which is focusing in large part on the transit corridors being evaluated for BRT.

Both the BRT and TOD market studies are sponsored by the Capital Region Sustainable Communities (CRSC) Partnership, which is funded through a 3-year, $1.975 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Led by CARPC, the CRSC Partnership is a public-private collaboration of government, business, and non-profit organizations for enhancing the environment, economy, and community. For more information, see the CRSC website.

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