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Construction work on Madison's bus rapid transit system set to begin in March

3 Mar 2023 6:57 AM | WIPTA Admin (Administrator)

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Construction on Madison's bus rapid transit system is officially set to begin in March ahead of its planned launch in late 2024.

City leaders officially broke ground in December on Madison's east-west bus rapid transit route, which will connect East Towne and West Towne malls, Madison College, the Capitol Square, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hilldale shopping center, among other locations.

The system is designed to improve travel times while connecting key parts of the city and major employers. It will feature all-electric articulated buses that run roughly every 15 minutes on most weekdays; it will also offer some weekend service.

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Work will begin on the city's west side and generally move east from there, city transportation planner Mike Cechvala told News 3 Now in an email Tuesday.

In a tweet, the city said work still start next week in the Mineral Point Road, Whitney Way and University Avenue areas.

Construction will involve not only building the 31 new stations but also improvements to intersections and crosswalks, new traffic signals and a terminal on Junction Road.

Some early work to remove bump-outs and update traffic signals began last year along East Washington Avenue; that phase of construction is set to wrap up in June.

The city's north-south bus rapid transit route is still being developed.

A public meeting about the work on the west side is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 14. For more information, click or tap here.

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