City of
Madison

District 1

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney,
Council Vice President

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

City of Madison Wants You to Share Your Thoughts and Experiences on Downtown Events and Madison Metro Bus Service

January 4, 2018 11:38 AM

The City of Madison prides itself on hosting signature events that bring together and celebrate our community, as well as facilitate free expression. Street Use Event permits include a variety of activities such as cultural and food festivals, holiday parades, athletic events, political demonstrations, marches, neighborhood block parties and more.

The growing popularity of events, specifically in the Isthmus area has highlighted concerns about traffic and metro bus disruptions, challenges in the ability to respond to emerging political situations, noise and other impacts, as well as concerns from those wishing to hold events and navigating the permit process.

The concerns are in the following areas: City resources needed for scheduled and non-scheduled events, the relationship of permit fees to the City resources and the equity surrounding those fees, transportation impacts, and capacity and scheduling as requests for new events continue to grow.

The Mayor has asked staff from a variety of departments to evaluate the issues and recommend possible strategies which may lead to changes in the review process for events that balance the benefit of Madison hosting events and the concerns of multiple stakeholders. Staff have been meeting regularly and are working to evaluate these issues through a racial equity and social justice lens

One topic identified by this team is impact on Metro bus routes as a result of scheduled and non-scheduled events. Staff have prepared a bus survey to gather feedback on this topic. Buses are often rerouted or can have delays during special events. Public transportation can also be a mode of choice for people attending events. The bus survey is intended to gather input from bus riders about if, and how, events may affect their bus trips, in particular people who depend on the bus for work and other appointments. The survey is posted on buses and other venues.

You can find a link to the surveys in English, Spanish and Hmong: http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/survey/index.cfm

As Madison continues to be a destination of choice for events, and as political situations arise that may evoke large public demonstrations, we want to examine our policies and determine how to improve the Street Use Event process. Feel free to fill out the survey and share it with Madison Metro.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.




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