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.
route 14 - west madison
Realign service off of Sheboygan Avenue
Route 14 has been part of the trunk and feeder system that has served Sheboygan Avenue in the commute direction for about 20 years. In the not too distant past, this was a way to fill those buses and improve service frequency on Sheboygan Avenue. Now, however, Route 14 buses approaching Sheboygan Avenue already have good loads and continue to pick up more passengers on important streets east of Segoe Road. Currently, morning and afternoon rush hour trips on Route 14 are supported with extra buses, a fact that creates opportunities to improve the overall service structure based on ridership realities. It allows Route 14 to have improved directness of service. The extra buses currently assigned to support it will then be used to improve service along Sheboygan and University Avenues on Routes 9 and 10. Realigning the route will reduce commute times by about 3 minutes in both directions for Madisonians who occupy the 1,100+ dwelling units in multi-family buildings adjacent to the route, west of Rosa Road.
Route 14 - West Side
Route 15 - West madison
Realign primary commute direction service off of Sheboygan Avenue
This change is a common sense approach to an overload problem. By the time these buses reach Sheboygan Avenue, the majority of them are already loaded with standees, so it seems pointless to overload them even more and further delay the service. We currently have two extra buses that “double” trips starting on Gammon Road every morning. In the afternoon, there are 5 “extra” bus trips that travel all the way west, creating a route within a route that is simply responding to loading conditions. The current goal is to establish those trips on the public schedule and incorporate them into basic service, at least when UW classes are in session.
Route 15 - West Side
Routes 14 and 15 - East madison
East Madison Routes 14 & 15 – Realign Schedules, Objectives
Currently, neither Route 14 nor 15 effectively serve the East Transfer Point. With the new schedule structure, Routes 14 & 15 would continue to “loop through” the ETP (minimizing the delay) as buses will discharge, load and go. At the ETP, Route 14 buses traveling westbound during the morning rush hour will connect with other buses, typically Routes 3, 5, 16, 30, 34 & 39. These transfers will become intended, bus-to-bus transfers. The same will be true of eastbound Route 14 buses in the afternoon—those buses will connect with other routes at the ETP. Essentially, what this means is that if you live on current Route 14, east of Highway 51, you will have good connections to and from other routes at the ETP during both a.m. and p.m. rush hours. Route 15, on the other hand, will not have connections in the primary commute direction at the ETP because its buses will be offset by 15 minutes from buses on Route 14. This represents a significant schedule change, it will affect passengers on both routes, but these adjustments need to be made as it affects service all the way across Madison.
Since routes 14 and 15 provide the fastest service to the Capitol Square from the ETP (about 18 minutes), the new schedule alignment will have them leaving the ETP every 15 minutes from 5:27 until 9:12 am (minor exceptions), with a similar span returning in the afternoon. It’s a nice, practical service for park and riders.
Setting Route 14’s buses to “hit,” or actually “split” ETP pulses at :15/:45 OTH will require a slight realignment of trip times for the route in the morning and, unfortunately, a significant realignment in the afternoon. The service will function similarly to that of Routes 56 and 57, where two routes are paired up to create 15 minute service on shared streets. It’s a good service design for any sister routes that pass through a transfer point when they’re full of commuters, particularly a transfer point with a park and ride lot. It should be noted that these two routes provide the fastest, most direct, east-to-west service across Madison. These two routes need to have 15 minute separation of trips whenever they’re on shared streets. The phasing of routes also enables a cost neutral service expansion into Grandview Commons, which, without this schedule realignment, would be prohibitively expensive. Currently, during peak periods, three buses serve neighborhoods east of Hwy 51 and west of the interstate on Routes 14 and 15. The new service design would use the same three buses, just allocate the service differently. Besides the realignment of schedules on Routes 14 and 15, the change also requires schedule changes to Routes 34 and 39.
The map below shows how the east ends of the routes would be configured (depending on comments at the public hearing). To eliminate confusion at the ETP, they will probably be named differently. This change would make the ETP the end of the line for Routes 14 and 15, so those two routes will always be inbound buses at the transfer point. The new loops, labeled North and South below, will be “interlined” with 14 and 15 at the ETP. The term “interline” means buses will arrive at a transfer point as one route and leave as another. While that can create some confusion, use of the practice is common on other routes and eliminates transfers. Route 32 will remain the “off-peak” route in those neighborhoods, with no changes to the route or schedule anticipated.
New Service to Grandview Commons
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.