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tigerMetro Does Not Receive the Federal Grant

Metro Transit submitted an application in 2017 for TIGER Discretionary Grant funding in order to build a much-needed bus satellite facility.

Staff have received word that Metro was not awarded this grant.

Only 3.6% of TIGER grant funding was awarded to
public transit projects, which is a significant decrease
from past years, with only one grant being awarded in Wisconsin.

Staff will be working with Metro's federal contacts to discuss this year's application and look for ways to improve application materials for next year.

The proposed facility is estimated to cost approximately $35 million and will be the first step in addressing current service needs, providing a new force for economic development and planning for the future of mass transit in the region.

TIGER Grant Awards

need for bus maintenance facility

From 2010 to 2014, Metro has experienced a significant increase in ridership. In 2014, Metro tallied an all-time record of more than 15 million rides.

As a result of this success, many routes have become dramatically overcrowded. Due to these overcrowded buses, drivers struggle to keep buses on-time.

In attempts to address these issues, Metro has maxed out its number of available buses, and lost the ability to expand during commuting hours. As the community continues to thrive and grow, there are several communities, disadvantaged neighborhoods, business centers and other important destinations that Metro is not able to serve. Metro is also not able to accommodate an ever-increasing call for service from key regional employers to help increase their workforce.

None of these expansions or accommodations in service can be made without additional buses, and more importantly, a facility to house them.

Metro's current facility on East Washington Ave. is more than 30 years old and was originally designed to house 160 buses. There are now 215 forty-foot buses and 17 paratransit vehicles stored at this location.

Additionally, the garage itself is not equipped to house articulated 60-foot buses, which are also needed to help address capacity issues.

proposed SITE AT nakoosa trl.

In 2013, the City of Madison purchased property on Nakoosa Trl. to be used for a variety of municipal purposes including Fleet Services, Fire Maintenance, Radio Shop, and Metro Transit operations.

Metro is proposing to use TIGER funding to build a $35 million bus satellite facility on this property to relieve severe overcrowding in its current garage, improve safety, and provide the capacity necessary to expand service.

The new facility is proposed to house 56 buses including 36 sixty-foot articulated buses and 20 forty-foot standard buses. If articulated buses are not purchased, the facility has the capacity to house 70 standard buses.

This new facility is also proposed to be a clean energy garage. It will be partially powered by solar energy and have the infrastructure necessary to service both diesel and all-electric vehicles.


makoosa rendering


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