Doing so fulfills the long-held dream of turning the city’s signature shopping and entertainment district into a true pedestrian mall and urban park with winding paths, large trees, outdoor cafes, public art, live music and small business kiosks. will be protected. Instead of providing a convenient station only a few steps from State Street, the BRT can run on Cross Street.
The amendment is unfortunate but necessary. We urge council to approve this – or something similar – which requires the public and city council to consider alternatives. If the mayor had adapted to the growing concerns about the BRT and its giant, six-figure stations crowded the top of State Street with concrete platforms, this could have been resolved long ago.
Instead, a showdown is happening tonight.
The mayor claims that his preferred route running through the top of State Street is somehow “justified”. But the sponsors of the budget revision represent Madison’s most diverse neighborhoods, some of which would not be directly served by the initial BRT line. They should know better than the mayor what their constituents want, and they deserve answers on how the BRT complements the larger bus system.
The mayor is also warning that allowing the city council and its constituents an alternative option for the downtown route would delay and jeopardize the entire BRT project. His administration likely floats Democratic Gov. Tony Evers lost his re-election the following year, dethroning the BRT for only one Republican successor. It will be similar to the former GOP government. Scott Walker declined federal funding for a high-speed train to Madison a decade ago, suggests the mayor.