I live on the east side and work downtown. I would consider riding the bus more often if it didn't take me almost an hour to and from work (45 minute ride + 10 minute walk). Driving takes only about 15-20 minutes depending on traffic. I would really love to see more Limited Stops routes available, even if they were only available during morning and evening rush hour.
Also in my perfect dream world, I'd like to see more frequent routes during morning rush hour for two reasons: 1) so the buses weren't so overcrowded & 2) so I'm not delayed by a half hour waiting for the next bus to come if I'm two minutes late for the one I just missed.
Response: The 2013-2017 Transit Development Program (http://www.madisonareampo.org/planning/documents/TDP_Final_Web..pdf) recommends reducing the number of bus stops as a stretegy for reducing travel times on transit. An initial pilot project will be part of the reconstruction of Johnson Street in 2014. The design calls for full bus stops to be placed farside of the signalized intersections at Blount, Paterson, and Ingersoll Streets. At non-signalized intersections, bus stops will remain in their current locations but will not be improved with concrete boarding pads. It is anticipated that the unimproved stops could easily be taken out of service to test the efficacy of reducing stops in a busy corridor. This configuration was vetted by the neighborhood and the district Alder as project plans were finalized.