Purpose & Goals

Project Purpose

The recently adopted City of Madison Downtown Plan includes many recommendations regarding the future vision for the area south of the Capitol Square. The South Capitol Transit Oriented Development District Planning Study (SCTOD) is focused on moving key recommendations from the Downtown Plan towards implementation. The study is being overseen by the South Capitol District Planning Committee which will make recommendations to the Common Council about how to proceed at the conclusion of the study.

The SCTOD planning district stretches from Bedford Street to Blair Street and includes the area between Wilson Street and Lake Monona. The purpose of the planning study is to identify transportation improvement projects and further define opportunities for development consistent with the Downtown Plan with easy access to a variety of transportation modes.

Goals & Objectives

  1. Improve accessibility to the Downtown for all modes including walking, bicycles, transit, as well as automobiles.
  2. Evaluate better connections across John Nolen Drive from the Lake Monona waterfront to the Downtown and the opportunity to incorporate them with potential redevelopment projects.
  3. Improve the safety and aesthetics of key gateway intersections for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as facilitating traffic movement.
  4. Improve connections to other cities by evaluating a location and operational function for an intermodal transit facility.
  5. Identify redevelopment opportunities consistent with the Downtown Plan that will set the tone for high quality urban design and may be accelerated by transportation improvement projects and land use initiatives.

Project Study will Include

The SCTOD planning district stretches from Bedford Street to Blair Street and includes the area between Wilson Street and Lake Monona. The purpose of the planning study is to identify transportation improvement projects and further define opportunities for development consistent with the Downtown Plan with easy access to a variety of transportation modes.

  • Exploring options for a pedestrian/bike bridge across John Nolen Drive and better connecting the Downtown to Lake Monona
  • Considering converting Wilson Street into a two-way street
  • Identifying potential streetscape improvements and redevelopment opportunities along Wilson Street
  • Exploring site options for a transit center for intercity buses and possibilities for adjacent or on-site development
  • Identifying Capital City Trail enhancements that address the needs of both pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Analyzing improvements to three key intersections including the North Shore Drive and John Nolen Drive, Broom Street and John Nolen Drive, John Nolen Drive/Blair Street and Wilson Street/Williamson Street

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