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Connection through Public Transportation

Madison's train station is in Columbus, WI. The bus station is you, standing outside UW Memorial Union.

Madison needs a Union Transportation Station. Where is the train station, the non-municipal bus station, and the Mayor's Market Place prospect?. Build them all in one location. People can come to Madison absent the annoyances of traffic by using a train or bus. What a day's adventure, to hop on a train in Chicago and spend the day in Madison, not to mention the possibility of living in Madison and commuting to Milwaukee or Chicago.

Response: Metro has been actively participating in the development of the City's South Capitol Transit-Oriented Development Plan (SCTOD) - http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/southcapitol/. One of the key elements of the plan is identifying and evaluating potential locations for an intermodal transit facility that would improve connections between Madison and other cities in the region. The Plan will also further define opportunities for development consistent with the Downtown Plan, and includes recognizing easy access to a variety of transportation modes. Unfortunately, federal capital funding for transit-related projects has been greatly curtailed under the current authorization, making it necessary to identify other sources of funding, along with an increase in the local share for ongoing and future projects.

Submitted by Community Member 11 months ago

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  1. I need more information to understand this idea... how would you get from Columbus to downtown Madison if you were a tourist?

    11 months ago
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    1. I think the idea is that we should change the Madison train station location so that it was in Madison, instead of Columbus.

      11 months ago
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  2. The future of transportation is multi-modality. The only sane place for a train depot is at the airport, and, yes, that's where the inter-city bus station should be, too. There should be ample CONNECTIONS to downtown from there, but it's insane to try to pack all that transportation infrastructure into the narrowest spot on a tiny isthmus, having to route the long way thru a heavily residential part of town to boot.

    11 months ago
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    1. I should add that I voted against this idea solely because it included the part about the Public Market within the transportation hub. I see that as properly belonging downtown, where the workers (IE, customers) are. Otherwise, I am 100% in favor of public-transportation connections, with the master hub at the airport (right next door to Madison College), not on the isthmus.

      11 months ago
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    2. I do not agree that an intercity bus terminal should be out at the airport. And I think it a terrific idea to have a public market by the intercity bus terminal. I remember visiting a market in Detroit years ago with just that kind of set up and thought it wonderful!

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  3. I am ashamed that Madison does not have a bus station. Let's get multi-modal done right. If the master hub is at the airport, there will need to be changes in Madison Metro airport routes as well -- once an hour to the city airport doesn't cut it.

    11 months ago
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  4. Passenger trains are grossly expensive for the trips they generate. In time we will have vehicles that drive themselves. This will add significant capacity to arterials and highways. As it standss now Madison has little traffic congestion compared to Milwaukee, Chicago or anywhere. The city should prepare for the future as cars become GPS guided electric vehicles.

    11 months ago
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  5. I originally voted against this idea, but only because it implied that a union transportation station should be downtown. But, over the last couple of days, I had 2nd thots. I realized that I support 90% of the idea, just not the downtown location part, and so I decided to come back here and change my vote from "oppose" to "support". But I was dismayed to discover that I couldn't! Apparently the software doesn't give me a good way to change my mind.

    To whoever submitted the idea, I'm sorry.

    To whoever's running this forum, this aspect of it needs a tweak.

    11 months ago
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  6. Community Member Idea Submitter

    Thanks for taking the time to respond your change of mind, Russell. I never imagined there would be room for a downtown Union Station; but other locations such as the airport might work.

    11 months ago
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  7. Madison has a transportation problem. I don't think there's one perfect solution. Here's my idea: http://madison.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Reduce-Commuting-Traffic-with-Alternatives/455514-22860

    11 months ago
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  8. We don't have the money for this.

    11 months ago
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    1. Please look at how much and the source of money being spent in Madison roads. You may want to reconsider.

      11 months ago
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