Proposed August Service Adjustments
Wednesday, April 10; 6:00 PM
215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Room 260 (Madison Municipal Building)
On Wednesday, April 10, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 PM to discuss service changes proposed to go into effect in August.
Problems with this route include:
A review of on-time performance revealed that 22% of the trips on the route cannot maintain schedule; mainly between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. One fact lost in that number is the temptation for drivers to speed in residential areas in order to stay on time.
Also under consideration is a proposal to have all Route 18 buses circulate through the Allied Drive loop in the same manner, using Chalet Gardens Drive to Lovell Lane, then left on Allied to the frontage road at Red Arrow Trail. This is a significant change to the route as it would essentially eliminate service on Crescent and Red Arrow Trail, which would continue to be served by Routes 19 and 59. This change is being proposed to reduce East/ West travel time by 1 or 2 minutes in both directions and simplify use of the route for patrons.
It is proposed that buses will serve Allied Drive as noted in the above map. However, “Via Raymond” buses will serve the West Beltline Highway’s South Frontage Road as far east as Todd Drive, but they will NOT also serve the “Coho Loop” until 7:00 pm on weeknights. Previously, Via Raymond buses were proposed to access the West Beltline at Seminole Highway. This change is intended to work in concert with proposed changes to Route 40, which will have that route serving the Coho Loop in lieu of service from Route 18. To a certain extent, this change degrades the quality of service on Coho and Greenway Streets because they’re losing the direct connection to and from the West Transfer Point. This change forces patrons to make connections through the South Transfer Point to complete the trip. That is certainly not as convenient as the current service design, but Route 18 should be on time, which represents the essential goal of the realignment. Simply stated, the change was needed to enable drivers to complete the route in the allotted number of minutes.Refer to Route 40 for more information.
Route 18 rationale
The proposal to have all Route 18 trips in the Allied loop to serve Allied Drive, as opposed to splitting service between Allied Drive and Red Arrow Trail works toward accomplishing two essential goals. First, it would provide a more consistent service that’s directed at bus stops with a higher level of utilization, and second, it would improve the route’s on-time performance.
The graphic below displays average daily boarding data for bus stops along Allied Drive (west side of loop) and for stops along Red Arrow Trail (east side of the loop). Data were pulled from October of 2012 and clearly display a higher level of usage along Allied Drive. To simplify the service and direct the service at busier bus stops, planners have proposed that Route 18 will always serve Allied Drive north of Lovell Lane, while Route 19 will continue to serve Red Arrow Trail.
This map shows the proposed alignment of Route 18 service in the Allied Loop. The dotted blue line displays current routing for about half of Route 18’s service. Route 19 will still serve Crescent Road and Red Arrow Trial.
This change also reduces distance operated in the loop by one-half of a mile on streets that have a low average operating speed, saving between 1 and 3 minutes of travel time in both directions. The amount of time saved would result in more reliable connections for passengers at the transfer points.
Under the current route 18 schedule, buses are arriving late at the transfer points about 30% of the time. This often results in missed connections, or buses arriving at the last moment and dropping off passengers in transfer point driveways, who then run to the buses to which they want to transfer. It also results in bus operators “pushing it” (i.e. speeding and attempting to make traffic signals) in an attempt to maintain the schedule, knowing that the passengers need to make their connections. These are obviously unsafe situations, which would be alleviated by streamlining this important route.
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Interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. Consideration will be given to views and comments expressed at the public hearing as well as to all written comments received.
Comments can be submitted at mymetrobus.com/feedback. Written comments can also be sent to: Metro Transit Public Hearing Comments, 1245 E. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Madison WI 53703 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.