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Bus Rapid Transit

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Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Madison needs a BRT system. We don't need to jump in head first and spend millions on new buses and new infrastructure we just need some rapid lines that can take you across town in less time than they currently do. Frequent buses traveling well established main arteries like, E Wash, Park, Fish Hatch, Mineral Pt, Atwood/Monona that have minimal stops would encourage people to take a bus over driving if the time difference ...more »

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Tree planting (shade trees)

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Shade trees make our streets walkable and cooler in summertime. With our ash trees being removed and replaced I think that the city should consider the eventual tree-crown size when they re-plant new trees. Many of the replacement trees being planted will never have a substantial crown to shade the road or sidewalk. They are the wrong species of trees for long-term shade. Under power-lines MG&E mandates that only short ...more »

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61 votes
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Run more Metro buses more often and add more convenient routes.

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

In addition to developing Bus Rapid Transit, Madison Metro should also run its buses more frequently. Prior to the establishment of the transfer points a decade ago, bus service was frequently every fifteen minutes, but now a half hour to an hour is the norm. With the Madison area's population growing 10-15% per decade, rush hour traffic is rapidly reaching unbearable levels due to east-west traffic being squeezed ...more »

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52 votes
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Remove overhead lines

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

When streets are torn up for construction, electrical lines should be buried. The older parts of our city suffer from unsightly pruning of mature trees, which -- left to take their natural form -- add beauty, shade and character to our neighborhoods. Many existing poles and wires could be removed entirely, as they no longer support active service.

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51 votes
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Keep a compost and wood chip site open.

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Having an inexpensive source of composted soil and wood chip mulch contributes increasing the resilience of our city. People are interested in growing more of their own food "victory garden" style, in their own yards. until recently the city sent yard waste to the County which processed it into soil offered at 2 sites and wood chips available at several sites. These resources have helped keep Community gardens fertile ...more »

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50 votes
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Health Not Hotels

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

The city budget should put the health and safety of Madison families first. Instead, city leaders are moving forward with an outrageous plan that would cost residents as much as $600 per family to help build another hotel downtown. That hotel would not make us safer or healthier. Too much city staff time and consulting fees have already been wasted unnecessarily on this inappropriate use of public resources. All city ...more »

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45 votes
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Oppose MGE Regressive Rate Schedule

Stage: Active

Campaign: What is your vision of a Healthy and Safe Community?

Madison Gas and Electric has proposed a highly regressive new rate schedule that greatly increases fixed charges, making small residential users who conserve pay significantly more. MGEs proposal punishes energy conservation and those with small-scale solar generators, exactly what we should not be rewarding in this era of climate change. City of Madison residents need to vigorously oppose this proposal, as does the ...more »

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45 votes
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Pollinator habitat restoration

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

In light of nationwide decreases in pollinator habitat, the city should open some areas of public land to be restored to such habitat by community groups. Also, areas already dense in favorable plants like milkweeds should be explicitly conserved for the same purpose. If the program proves successful, it could be expanded, and additional land uses (such as prairie restorations or permaculture food production) could be ...more »

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44 votes
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Youth Shelter for Runaways & Homeless

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Madison desperately needs a shelter for unaccompanied homeless youth. Currently, none of the area homeless shelters will accept youth if they are not with a parent, relative, or guardian. This is an enormous gap in services and forces homeless teenagers into dangerous situations like sleeping in cars, on the street, or with unsafe strangers. The city should provide funding to open a shelter that can house runaways, ...more »

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32 votes
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Safe affordable housing

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

In 2011, Act 108 made it possible for landlords to require prospective tenant to earn income equal to three times the rent. There are several problems with this but here are the two that I feel are the most detrimental to our community. In Madison, a studio apartment for one person is at least $550 per month. According to Act 108, a landlord can require that a prospective tenant make $1650 per month which is equivalent ...more »

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30 votes
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Noise reduction (motorcycle mufflers)

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Quiet neighborhoods are essential to good health and community development. Hearing birds, wind and crickets aren't only a privilege for the country-folk. Madison could better enforce its existing noise laws to make our neighborhoods peaceful and enjoyable. Specifically, the city could enforce muffler laws on motorcycles. Motorcycles can be heard every day in nearly every neighborhood miles away from where the bike ...more »

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30 votes
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Intermodal Bus Terminal

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

The city needs a permanent intermodal bus terminal/facility bringing together major commercial bus lines (Van Galder, Megabus, Greyhound etc) and served by major City Metro bus routes, situated near downtown or the University to better serve students and populations without cars, which constitute an increasing share of Madison residents. The terminal would provide shelter, bathrooms, ticketing capability and bike parking ...more »

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29 votes
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Powerline tree planting rules

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Madison should update its "one-tree-per-house" rule now that MG&E controls which tree species get planted. Since only small tree varieties can be planted under powerlines, the city should plant more than one tree per household where they can. Under powerlines we used to get large Elm, Ash and Maple trees all of which gave substantial shade and cooling. Now we're getting crabapples, lilac trees and serviceberries (good ...more »

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29 votes
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$150,000 for consultant to "plan" Warner Park not needed

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Waste of money to hire a "consultant" at $150,000 to "plan" Warner Park. Not necessary to throw this budget money away to outsource opinions about Warner's future. The community stated what it wanted at Warner in the most recent Northside planning process a few years ago, and the community continues to speak about the events and activities that are desired in this park. Rumors are now circulating about plans to build ...more »

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28 votes
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Solar Roadway Test Site

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

I would love to see Madison volunteer a section of its campus or downtown sidewalk/street for testing of the solar roadways project. It promises to convert existing roadway space that is currently expensive to maintain and otherwise wasted, into a solar energy-generating, self-plowing, illuminated solar pathway that pays for its own maintenance. It will cut our energy production needs, and allow us to shift money from ...more »

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25 votes
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Increase Childrens' Mental Health

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Increase mental health services in schools. Community leaders have identified insufficient mental health services and supports for school-age children. Certain schools have a desperate shortage of such services. Poor childhood mental health greatly impacts subsequent employability and productivity of many as adults. Adequate services supports not only improved outcomes for individuals, but improves school environments ...more »

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24 votes
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Support Victims of Domestic Violence

Stage: Active

Campaign: What is your vision of a Healthy and Safe Community?

The Madison City Budget should support expanded crisis intervention and case management services for domestic violence victims. Access to crisis intervention services, including one-on-one case management, greatly reduces the barriers to safety that victims of domestic violence face. More support of these critical, life-saving programs means that victims have more resources and information to improve their safety and ...more »

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22 votes
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City Should Municipalize Madison Gas & Electric

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) has shown its contempt for its customers when it filed a rate increase proposal which would increase fixed charges and decrease per-unit costs, both of which fly in the face of any attempt to use energy more wisely and sparingly by charging more to higher-usage customers. This asinine request to raise rates on small fries in order to reward their corporate allies puts the lie to all the greenwashing ...more »

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21 votes
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Rail Sightseeing, Commuter for major events reducing spot parkin

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

I am working on establishing a Dane County train ride (For commuters, tourists, child education and reductions of traffic at large events along the rail route) on the State owned tracks starting in Stoughton, WI, past Lake Kegonsa, past Lake Waubesa, thru Village of McFarland, Turvilles Bay, next to the Alliant Energy Center, across Monona Causeway, close to downtown Madison, next to Kohl Center, west along University ...more »

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21 votes
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Water Utility Should Adopt a Conservation-Based Rate Structure

Stage: Active

Campaign: Specific Ideas, Acitivities or Improvements for a Healthy and Safe Community

The Water Utility has announced its intention to request a water rate increase, I think it is time to convene a citizens’ advisory panel (CAP) to design a conservation rate structure. Building on the work of the 2011 Eastside CAP, the goals of this CAP would be to amend the current rates that give lower rates to big institutional users and does not reward individual customers’ conservation efforts. The current high ...more »

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18 votes
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Walkable City

Stage: Active

Campaign: What is your vision of a Healthy and Safe Community?

All streets have sidewalks that are wide and safe for all users. All crossings are well marked and signals are timed for pedestrians. Commercial areas are vibrant at street level, mixing pedestrian access with other activities (cafes, benches, etc.). The performance of a street is judged by how well it serves people, not by how quickly cars can get around.

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17 votes
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