Saturday, December 4, 2021

Downtown Bus Rapid Transit Route, Station Still an Issue

Illstrup said that DMI’s policy research team has found that minor delays in adjusting routes would not jeopardize federal funding.

“We haven’t found a project anywhere in the country since 2016 that has entered the project development phase of the FTA, where Madison is now delaying for a variety of reasons, and to complete its project,” he said. Has not received full federal funding.” “If we can show that the delay doesn’t mean we will lose federal funding, perhaps the council will look at this issue again.”

“Project delays present a risk in the use of federal funding,” Lynch said. “The system will need to be re-evaluated by the FTA, affecting the competitiveness of the project. Possible changes in governance at the three levels of government could affect funding levels and project agreements.

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If the project is delayed or rescheduled, the FTA is required to add 4% inflation to the project budget, perhaps adding more than $5 million to the annual cost, he said.

“I hope this (budget) amendment doesn’t destroy what we’ve worked on for so long, and to make up with so many people in our community,” the mayor said.

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