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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Your voice is Critical to the Sustainability of OUR COLLECTIVE CITY

May 24, 2022 10:10 AM

What is meant by Public Engagement?

Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of issues can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening with the goal of generating mutual benefit.

Why is Public engagement important?

Public engagement can increase the accountability and transparency, help respond to social needs locally, nationally, globally and help to build trust and mutual understanding.

What is a Public engagement strategy?

A good public engagement strategy addresses the same questions that any effective strategy attends to address:

  • Clarify the purpose of the strategy --WHY IT MATTERS?
  • Clarifies the context
  • Sets a clear direction of travel
  • It is important not to 'rush' the writing of a strategy or do it behind closed doors. By approaching the process in an open, interactive way and by involving a range of people from varying  prospectives, the process can deliver a lot of 'buy in' to the result, and ensure the strategy draws on a variety of perspectives and expertise. (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement).

Common Council Agenda Highlights:

  • 46. #71182
    • 2022 Resource Recovery Special Use Charge
  • 65. #71289
    • Amending Section 2.03(3) and 2.03(4) to revise the process for filling Common Council Vacancies
  • 68. #71318
    • Amending Section 2.055(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to Exclude Referrals Without Consent of the Lead Sponsor from Consent Agenda.
  • 71.  #71355
    • Amending the Title of Section 33.13. Amending Section 33.13.(1) and Repealing Section 33.13(2) related to the Common Council Executive Committee
  • 66. #71315 - Referred for Introduction
    • Title: Amending Section 2.04(1)(d) of the Madison General Ordinances to Remove Reference to Public Comments and Hearings as Special Order of Business.
  • 67. #71317 - Referred for Introduction
    • Title: Amending Section 2.029(5) of the Madison General Ordinances Regarding Public Comments at Common Council Meetings. 
  • 148. #71082
    • Repealing MGO Sec. 28.182(5)(c) ("Protest Petition") and amending MGO Sec. 28.182(5)(b) to include a two-thirds (2/3) favorable vote by Common Council to pass zoning map amendments.


Metro Transit Network Redesign

Metro Redesign - Metro Transit is completely redesigning its service in 2023. The goal of the redesign is to provide frequent and more direct service, better access to jobs, and make the system overall easier to use. This complete reboot of service is also necessary to schedule routes around Metro's future bus rapid transit system that will go into effect in 2024.

Metro staff presented an update on the proposed Metro Transit Network Redesign at Transportation Policy and Planning Board on Monday, May 16th, and a Community Public Hearing on Thursday, May 19th. You can watch both videos here.


PUBLIC HEARING before the Transportation Policy & Planning Board

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2022

City of Madison

Agenda - Amended


Consider: Who benefits? Who is burdened?

Who does not have a voice at the table?

How can policymakers mitigate unintended consequences?

Public Hearing - Transit Network Redesign

City of Madison

Madison, WI 53703

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


On Tuesday, May 31, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Policy and Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 6 PM to discuss the proposed network redesign expected to go into effect June of 2023.

The City of Madison is holding the Transportation Policy and Planning Board meeting virtually to help protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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    • Register to speak at the meeting.
    • Register to answer questions.
    • Register in support or opposition of an agenda item (without speaking).

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Agenda - Amended

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For accommodations, contact: Reva McFarlane - (608) 267-8765 or

Adopting the Metro Network Redesign Plan

Public Hearing Only. Item to be adjourned to June 6, 2022 meeting for board deliberation and vote. No votes May 31, 2022 meeting.

Madison General Ordinance 33.55 - The purpose of the Transportation Policy & Planning Board is to consider and address transportation policy and planning issues pertaining to each element of the city's transportation system, including bicycles; bus, freight and automobile traffic; parking; pedestrians; street, curb and right-of-way use; transit; and other transportation elements as may be identified by the Common Council by ordinance or resolution. ORD-17-00099, file id# 46249 (effective 1-1-2018)

Why now?

Address long-standing issues and discrepancies

• Recover from COVID-19 in a way that reflects future needs

• Compliments BRT and brings some of those benefits to more neighborhoods

Transit Network Redesign

Basic Goals for Public Transportation

  • Ridership concentrates transit service onto fewer routes with more frequent service, ultimately increasing ridership
  • Coverage extends transit service to as many people as possible regardless of frequency

Policy Direction

  1. Ridership, definitely. Minor corrections only.
  2. Ridership, mostly. Some lower frequencies to reach a few more places.
  3. Coverage, mostly. Just a little less coverage to so we can get a few higher frequencies.
  4. Coverage, definitely. Minor corrections only.

Transportation Policy and Planning Board Direction –

Key Take-Aways

  • Bus routes will be designed to be longer, straighter, and more frequent.
  • Transfer points will be eliminated, eliminating unnecessary delays and indirection.
  • The system overall will be far simpler, more logical, and easier to use.

 Public Input

  • Staff held more than 50 community outreach meetings
  • We've received more than 3,100 survey responses and feedback emails

 Public Input Themes

  • Support for more of a coverage model vs. ridership
  • People have to walk farther, especially in winter
  • Service doesn't go into neighborhoods
  • Feel like inequitable to low-income riders, people of color, and those with disabilities

 Specific Areas of Concern

  • Reduced all-day coverage north side (Route 21)
  • Service to Pick 'N Save on Aberg Ave. (Route 17)
  • Direct service from Old Sauk to downtown (Route 15) Allied Dr. and Nakoma Rd. neighborhoods (Route 19)
  • Olin, Bay Creek, Bram, Capitol View, Burr Oaks, Fish Hatchery (Routes 13 and 4)
  • Service on Buckeye east of I-39/90 (Route 35)
  • Others

 Amendment Process

  • Metro will lay out plausible amendments to the draft plan.
  • City of Madison Policy Makers will decide which ones to include

Approval and Implementation Process

Schedules and bus stop changes approved by Transportation Commission

  • Service change in June, 2023


NEW SYSTEM: Prevent Cluttered Neighborhoods –


Thanks to your participation in the new system – we received over 8,500 work orders in 2022 alone - we were able to make these significant savings and efficiencies.

However, we do hear concerns from residents who say their neighborhoods feel more cluttered than before.

You can help with this and keep our neighborhoods tidy by following these two important guidelines:

  • 1. Make the work order BEFORE setting items out for pickup.

There is a limit to the number of work orders that can be scheduled in a single week.

If you set the items out and then make the work order, you may miss the next upcoming collection opportunity.

This could result in your items sitting out at the road edge for longer than necessary.

  • 2. Set large items out on the date you picked in the work order.

When you submit a large item work order, you are choosing the date when you should set items out for pickup.

You are not choosing the date when the items will be collected. Collection will occur during the work week following the set-out date you selected.

If you set the item out early, it will remain on the curb too long. And if you set it out late, you may miss your collection opportunity.

More Information about Large Items

To learn more about large item collection, including the work order system, go to

To make a large item work order for your home, go to

This content is free for use with credit to the City of Madison - Mayor's Office and a link back to the original post.


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Committees, commissions, and boards play a significant role in helping city staff, the Common Council and the Mayor in making decisions that affect the lives of Madison residents. The City of Madison values broad participation in these bodies and highly encourages people of color, persons with disabilities and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. Committee positions are open to City of Madison residents.

Interested in serving on a city committee?

It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3

  1. View the listing of Boards, Commissions and Committees to look up the Current Vacancies.
  2. Select committees you would like to serve on. (Please check each committee's meeting schedule to ensure you would be able to attend.)
  3. Complete the application (MS Word) and email to Mayor's Office. Then electronically submit your Statement of Interests form.
    Please Note: Nominees for appointment to a city board, commission or committee must file a Statement of Interests form with the City Clerk's Office prior to his/her name being submitted to the Common Council.
    Once you've submitted your completed application, it will remain on file in the Mayor's Office and, as vacancies occur in your areas of interest, your application will be reviewed.


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