I would like to see the hours of the bus service expanded. I think this city is big enough, that we could do it. There have been times in the past where I either worked a 2nd or 3rd shift job, where I had trouble getting to work due to the busses not running late enough. There have also been times that I wanted to go downtown, on a weekend, but couldn't, because the busses stopped running early. It could also help reduce drunk driving, as well, since cabs are usually more expensive than the bus, but if the busses ran later, more people might use them, instead, because of the cost.
Response: 1. Metro Transit and the City of Madison worked with community leaders in 2009-2011 to form a regional transit authority (RTA) that would result in additional funding for investments in new services such as evening service. In 2011 a plan (see attached) was adopted that referenced the need for services to get people to jobs and to fill gaps in the service areas that currently exist (see pages 3 and 6). Since that time, the RTA authority was rescinded by the legislature, but support is growing to reintroduce RTA legislation in the state, and filling these kinds of service gaps would most likely considered then. Metro Transit and the Mayor's office are working with key legislators to reintroduce RTA enabling legislation.
2. When the RTA legislation is reintroduced, there will need to be review and deliberation by the state legislature, and then at some point our local area will begin to form a local RTA. Similar to 2010-11, a group will likely be formed to draft a plan resembling the one attached.
3. N/A - This service improvement is feasible with added investment through a new funding source like an RTA.