Hello there, 

Join me, Common Council President Alder Currie (D16), Alder Field (D3), and Alder Martinez-Rutherford (15) this Friday for the Eastside Alders Meet & Greet!

When: Friday, May 26th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
Where: La Taguara, 3010 Crossroads Drive, Madison, WI 53718 (the old Uno's Pizza building)
Food: Light refreshments provided 

The evening will be filled with stimulating conversations and meaningful connections. Whether it's addressing community concerns, enhancing local services, or brainstorming innovative solutions, your input matters. Together, we can forge a stronger, more vibrant Madison that we're all proud to call home.

Flyer for the Alders Meet and Greet

Madison Metro Updates:

Metro’s New “Ride Guide” Staff Will Help the Public Navigate Changes to Metro Service and Schedules Coming June 11th

Madison Metro Ride Guide
Madison Metro is completely updating its service starting on Sunday, June 11. The changes are due to the Metro Transit Network Redesign process that was completed last year and approved by the Common Council after 80 public meetings and 17 amendments taking into account comments from the public.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway held a press conference on Thursday, May 18, to introduce Metro’s new “Ride Guide” staff who will help guide the public through the transition. Over 50 Ride Guides will fan out around the City to help the public navigate the route and scheduling changes. Metro has not implemented such a major change to its routes and schedules in more than 25 years.

“Madison is changing. Employment centers are all over the city now, not just in the downtown area. Madison Metro is building a stronger system that will take more people to more places of employment with fewer transfers,” Mayor Satya said. “Many people will have questions. That’s where our new Ride Guides come in. Ride Guides will help find the closest available stop and identify which new route to take. They will be available to help people plan their new routes using maps or apps.”

New routes will provide more direct service with fewer transfers, and less time spent on the bus. This redesigned service will also help us get ready for our new bus rapid transit system that launches next year which will provide even more convenience and opportunity to get around the City and the region.

Despite all the positive things that the redesign will bring, it will still be an adjustment for all riders. Overnight on Saturday, June 10, most routes will switch from number to letters, transfer points will be closed, and all 2,000 of Metro’s stops will see some sort of change.

“We are excited about the opportunity the new routes will bring,” said Metro Transit’s General Manager Justin Stuehrenberg. “This change has taken a tremendous effort on the part of Metro staff and partners throughout the City. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this successful.”

Most Madison residents will be able to access significantly more destinations within a 45 minute trip as compared to today, and sometimes dramatically more. For people of color and those with lower incomes, the benefit is even greater.

On average, Black residents will see a 96% increase in access to jobs within 45 minutes. Latinx residents will see a 120% increase in access to jobs, and low income residents will see a 93% increase.

Look for Ride Guides in yellow vests in the coming days and weeks out riding buses and stationed at various stop locations throughout the City. Staff in Metro uniforms will also be available at busy stop areas to offer assistance and support.

And most importantly, Ride Guides will be out on the street on the first day of new service to help people get where they need to go as efficiently as possible.

“We know figuring out this new system will be an adjustment. We hope having these Ride Guides available as support will help with any concerns people may have as we get closer to our launch date,” said the Mayor.


We encourage everyone to talk to a Ride Guide and/or try to plan your trip ahead of time. You can plan your trip now at mymetrobus.com or using the Google Maps or Transit apps.

Plan your trip:
Google Maps 
Transit App 

Riders can also contact Metro’s customer service center at (608) 266-4466 or mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com for help planning trips, to set up training sessions, or to request printed schedules and maps through the mail.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and efforts as we implement such a transformational change. Please continue to provide us feedback on what is working and what isn’t so that we can make adjustments,” said Stuehrenberg.

*Originally this news release stated that routes will switch from letters to numbers when they will actually be switching from numbers to letters


Complete Update to ALL Metro Routes Coming June 11!

  • Plan your future trip on Google Maps! (Make sure to set travel date as June 11 or later.)
  • Route schedules are now available online!
  • New routes starting on 6/11 are now available on the Transit App. Start planning your bus trip!
  • Review bus stop and route connection locations on Google Maps.
  • Call (608) 266-4466 or email mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com to receive schedule materials by mail. (Map booklets are also available for review at all Madison library locations)
  • See our FAQ page on the upcoming new service.

Bartillon Shelter (Permanent shelter for homeless men to be built in District 12)

Latest Update

5/22/2023 Update:
In the News
May 17, 2023 WKOW.com
Madison's first permanent shelter for homeless men expected to be built on Bartillon Drive Recent Public Information Meetings Presentations:
May 17, 2023 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation PDF 
May 11, 2023 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation PDF  
May 9, 2023 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation  PDF 
May 9, 2023 Public Information Meeting Recording

No Streets Division Collections on Memorial Day, May 29, 2023

posted May 22, 2023 - 9:58 am

There will be no recycling, trash, brush, or large item collections performed by the City of Madison Streets Division on Monday, May 29, 2023 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The Streets Division drop-off sites will also be closed.

Trash & Recycling Collection
Madison residents who normally have their trash and recycling collected on Mondays by the Streets Division should instead place their scheduled cart(s) to the curb for pickup by 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

Trash and recycling pickup for residents that have a regularly scheduled Tuesday collection day will also have their carts emptied on Tuesday, May 30.

Residents who set out carts after 6:30 a.m. may miss their scheduled collection and will need to wait until the next scheduled pickup day to have their carts emptied.

Drop-off Sites
The Streets Division drop-off sites will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023 in observance of the holiday. They will reopen during their posted hours on Tuesday, May 30.

Drop-off site locations and hours are different than in years prior.

Check the Streets Division website to learn the locations, their operations hours, and the material they accept.

Large Item Collection
Streets Division’s large item collection will not occur on the Memorial Day holiday. Crews will begin collecting scheduled large items on Tuesday, May 30.

More Streets Division Information
Additional information about all of the Streets Division’s recycling and solid waste services is available at our web site www.cityofmadison.com/streets



Reiner Neighborhood Development Plan

Much thanks to Alder Field for the following summary:

I’m sponsoring, along with Alder Sabrina Madison (District 17), a resolution to adopt the current draft of the Reiner Neighborhood Development Plan. Here’s the City’s webpage with the Plan documents and notes/recordings of the public meetings/input related to the plan. City planning with neighborhood development plans guides future development, meaning that. proposals that deviate too far from adopted plans are unlikely to be approved by the Plan Commission. These plans make sure that neighborhoods are developed with adequate services and infrastructure and meet the needs of the community. The area covered by this plan is mostly in the current Town of Burke, which will attach to the City of Madison in 2036 per an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Town of Burke and the City of Madison. Note: all of the property in this area is further north than the Woods Farm development and northeast of the Autumn Lake subdivision; see maps on the Plan's project page. The land are to the south of the Reiner Neighborhood Development Plan and north of I-94 is covered by the Northeast Neighborhoods Development Plan PDF  adopted in 2009.

Reiner Neighborhood Development Plan Planning Area

The Plan lays out future land uses in its area such as housing, employment, parks, and long-term agriculture. City Planning staff have held several public meetings, both virtual and in-person, since 2019 and have made adjustments to the draft Plan according to feedback and concerns shared by the community. Here are some highlights about the Plan: 

  • Six city parks along with a larger Regional Natural and Recreation Area (perhaps a county park or a nonprofit-managed conservancy; see map on Page 6 of the Draft Maps document PDF  on the project webpage).
  • A 64-acre area where “long-term agriculture” will be zoned as a permitted use, to allow for retaining more open space and local food-production land uses via community gardens, an “agri-hood”, etc. (see map on Page 6 of the Draft Maps document PDF  on the project webpage).
  • Land use is intended to be compact – meaning smaller lots and more stories so we can minimize the footprint of buildings and maintain more open, green, natural spaces in the future neighborhood.
  • A very strong vision for pedestrian/bike path infrastructure coverage that complies with recently-adopted Complete Green Streets initiative (see map on Page 9 of the Draft Maps document PDF  on the project webpage).
  • Possible future Metro Transit service along Reiner Rd (see map on Page 11 of the Draft Maps document PDF  on the project webpage).

Following is the adoption schedule:
• Board of Park Commission – May 17, 2023
• Transportation Commission – May 24, 2023
• Plan Commission – June 12, 2023
• Common Council – June 20, 2023If you have any questions, please contact Urvashi Martin, City Planner, at (608) 267-8735 or umartin@cityofmadison.com.

Park Development Plans - Northeast Area

Northeast Area Planning


Parks is set to begin a planning process that will result in park development plans for a set of neighborhood and mini parks in the Northeast Area. The area follows the boundary identified for the Planning Division's Northeast Area Plan. A list of the parks involved in the planning process is below. The planning process will result in a one page “park development plan” which will guide the improvements to the park for the next 10 to 12 years. The parks involved with this planning process are all fully developed and range in size from 2.5 acres to 15.5 acres. This planning process will provide transparency regarding our future plans for each park and allow park patrons to weigh in on existing and potential recreation opportunities. Additional public engagement will take place when the actual park improvement has been funded.

Neighborhood Parks:

  • Carpenter-Ridgeway Park
  • Glacier Hill Park
  • Sandburg Park
  • Westchester Gardens Park

Mini Parks:

  • Brigham Park
  • Churchill Heights Park
  • Mayfair Park

Public Input: SAVE THE DATES


Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00pm via Zoom. REGISTER IN ADVANCE 

Parks staff will present information about the planning process and listen to community input.


Tuesday, May 30 at the East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct, Madison, WI 53704) Food Pantry from 11:30am-1:30pm. Parks staff will be available to answer questions and listen to input.

Thursday, June 1 at Hawthorne Public Library (2707 E Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704) from 3:00-7:00pm. Parks staff will be available to answer questions and listen to input.

NORTHEAST AREA OPEN HOUSEWednesday, March 29, 2023 from 6:00-7:00pm at Madison College, Truax Main Building, 1701 Wright Street, Room D1630


Overall Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of May 22, 2023


· Sustainable Madison Committee: The Sustainable Madison Committee meeting will take place on Monday, May 22, 2023 in virtual format at 4:30 PM. Agenda items include a presentation by RENEW Wisconsin on the proposed utility rate cases from Madison Gas and Electric and Alliant Energy and more!

o Meeting Details

o Meeting Agenda

o Register for public comment

o Watch Online

· Plan Commission: The Plan Commission meeting will take place Monday, May 22, 2023 in virtual format at 5:30 PM. Agenda items include a resolution adopting a Public Participation Plan for the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Interim Update (2023) and authorizing the Planning Division to draft amendments to the text and maps in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, and more!

o Meeting Details

o Meeting Agenda

o Register for public comment

o Watch Online

· Transportation Commission: The Transportation Commission meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 in virtual format at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include an update on the Metro Network Redesign Implementation, adopting the Reiner Neighborhood Development Plan, a supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan and more!

o Meeting Details

o Meeting Agenda

o Register for public comment

o Watch Online

· Park Development Plans - Northeast Area Community Meeting, Wednesday, May 24, 2023: Madison Parks is set to begin a planning process that will result in park development plans for neighborhood and mini parks in the Northeast area of Madison. The area follows the boundary identified for the Planning Division's Northeast Area Plan.

· WisDOT and City of Madison Host Public Meetings for Interstate Study: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and City of Madison invite you to attend one of two meetings to discuss potential changes to the Interstate and interchanges in the Madison area. These alternatives are part of WisDOT’s larger I-39/90/94 corridor study that stretches from Madison to Wisconsin Dells. View study information and the proposed alternatives, submit comments, and sign-up for email updates on WisDOT’s project website: tinyurl.com/InterstateStudyPI. Both meetings will start at 6 p.m. with a brief presentation, followed by an open house.


· Tuesday, May 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

American Family Insurance Headquarters, Building A, Room A2151

6000 American Parkway

Madison, WI 53783


· Thursday, June 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Steamfitters Local 601 Training Facility

6310 Town Center Drive

Madison, WI 53718

· Northeast Area Plan Upcoming Meeting: The Northeast Area Planning team has already collected valuable feedback from the community, and we would like to report back to you and hear your thoughts. Both meetings will have the same content. Spanish interpretation, childcare assistance, and light refreshments will be provided for the in-person discussion.

· Virtual
May 30, 6 p.m.
With Spanish interpretation


· In-person
May 31, 6 p.m.
Fleet Services Facility
4151 Nakoosa Trail,
Madison, WI 53714
Training Room



· East Side Farmers' Market, Tuesday, May 23, 2023: The Eastside Farmers' Market is Madison Wisconsin’s finest weekday farmers' market. Our goal is to bring the freshest Wisconsin grown food direct to the heart of the East side. Our vendor members are agricultural producers and food artisans who make value added products from Wisconsin's agricultural bounty.

· Dane County Farmers' Market - Wednesday Market, Wednesday, May 24, 2023: The Wednesday Dane County Farmers’ Market is located on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in between the Madison Municipal Building and the City County Building. While more intimate than the Saturday Market, you will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers’ Market members, as well as a full array of fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, bakery items, cut flowers, plants, and many specialty items.

· Madison Parks & MSCR Open House, Wednesday, May 24, 2023: The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and open house for Madison School & Community Recreation and Madison Parks at our new lakeside offices.

The event begins with a short presentation followed by an official ribbon cutting! Then stay for the games, activities, and building tours.

4:30 pm: Short Presentation and Ribbon Cutting
Scheduled Remarks

o Alder Tag Evers, City of Madison, District 13

o Alder Isadore Knox, City of Madison, District 14

o Maia Person, Vice President, MMSD Board of Education

o Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, MMSD Superintendent

o Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, City of Madison

5-7 pm: Open House

· Annual Spring Break-A-Way 3on3 Basketball Tournament Series, Friday, May 26, 2023: After March Madness, the real tournament begins with the Annual Spring Break-A-Way 3on3 Basketball Tournament Series. Northside teens compete in a double-elimination tournament while enjoying a free meal. With on-site registration, players simply have to show up with two friends, or we will find a team for drop-in players. The tournament series is held on Friday nights: April 28, May 19 & May 26 (5pm-8pm), and includes middle school and high school divisions.

· NewBridge Summer Concert Series, Friday, May 26, 2023: FREE community concert sponsored by NewBridge Madison, Party @ the Park, Brittingham Park.

· Bird & Nature Adventures – Edna Taylor Area, Saturday, May 27, 2023: Signs of Spring with Mary Binkley ~ Join Naturalist Mary Binkley for a free fun fascinating family-friendly guided walk or take a walk on your own any day in May to follow beautiful walking trails at Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Edna Taylor Conservation Park to look for Signs of Spring! Are Sandhill Cranes trumpeting their calls by the wetland? Do you see budding leaves, and spring flowers emerging? Use a guidebook or apps such as Merlin and Seek to help you ID birds and plants and post your findings!

· Vegan Sausage Fest, Saturday, May 27, 2023: Vegan Sausage Fest will showcase how you can have delicious, creative dishes that don’t take lives.
That feature local products and produce.

· Coffee with Neighbors: Thurber Coffee Open House, Sunday, May 28, 2023: Stop by Thurber Park (3325 Thurber Ave) to chat with artist-in-residence, Ash Armenta (they/them) and sip coffee with neighbors. All ages welcome, masking inside the space is encouraged.


· West Area Plan Community Survey Ends May 31!: The planning team has been collecting community feedback over the past 4 months on assets, issues and opportunities. If you have not had the chance yet, please share what you like best about the West Area and what you would like the plan to cover by completing the West Area Community Survey! It will close May 31. You can visit the webpage to see what others have been saying. Your feedback will be used to draft initial concepts and recommendations. The planning team will schedule community feedback opportunities for July and August to review the initial recommendations. Subscribe to the Plan’s email list to receive feedback opportunities and other Plan information.

· Violence Prevention Funding Supports Community Programs: Public Health Madison & Dane County is now accepting applications from local community organizations to receive funding that supports violence prevention efforts in Dane County. “We are taking a public health approach to tackling this complex and far-reaching issue. That means looking at things like poverty, housing inequality, and lack of social connectedness, each associated with violence. But, we can’t do it alone,” said Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Aurielle Smith. Find out more: https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/violence-prevention-funding-supports-community-programs

· Make Music Madison Returns This Summer, June 21st: For the 11th year in a row, the City of Madison will become a stage with hundreds of free live performances throughout the City. Make Music Madison returns the first day of summer, June 21. Coffee shops, community centers, front porches, public libraries, and park shelters will be jamming will all kinds of music that will make you want to dance! The City is thrilled to once again be supporting this event. Registration for performers and venues is open now through May 25 at makemusicmadison.org. Registration is free.

· Free Summer Metro Bus Pass Program for MMSD Students: For the third year in a row, the City of Madison is giving every Madison Metropolitan School Districts Middle and High School student a free Metro bus pass for the summer. This summer Metro has made 7,000 passes available to MMSD students. Click here to learn more.

· WisDOT and City of Madison Host Public Meetings for Interstate Study: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and City of Madison invite you to attend one of two meetings to discuss potential changes to the Interstate and interchanges in the Madison area. These alternatives are

· The 2023 Spring Yard Waste Collection Is Complete: The springtime yard waste collection by the Streets Division is now over. The yard waste set-out dates for all neighborhoods have passed.

· Friends of Madison Public Library BIG BOOK SALE: Seven library Friends' groups are pooling their inventory for a large sale of gently used and donated books. The sale takes place Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9am-3pm, rain or shine, at the Madison Public Library Service & Support Center at 1301 W. Badger Road in Madison. All proceeds benefit Madison Public Libraries.

· Metro’s New “Ride Guide” Staff Will Help the Public Navigate Changes to Metro Service and Schedules Coming June 11th: Madison Metro is completely updating its service starting on Sunday, June 11.

· May is Mental Health Awareness Month : One in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness each year and less than half of them receive treatment, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness PDF .

· Open House Planned for MSCR and Madison Parks: Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) and Madison Parks invite the community to a Ribbon Cutting Dedication and Open House in their new central, lakeside offices, located at 328 and 330 E. Lakeside Street.

· Madison Awarded Women’s Pro Soccer Franchise in USL Super League: The City of Madison and the ownership of Forward Madison FC announced today that the Club has secured the rights to a USL Super League franchise, contingent on facility improvements that would allow for a viable profession…

· Street Closure--S Broom Street & W Wilson Street: Starting Monday, May 22, S Broom Street will be fully closed to traffic between W Wilson Street and W Doty Street, and eastbound W Wilson Street will be closed between S Broom Street and S Henry Street. Map of closures at…

· Food Scraps Recycling Drop-off Returns to South Madison Farmers’ Market Tuesday, May 23, 2023: The City of Madison in partnership with Sustain Dane and Neighborhood Food Solutions is happy to announce the return of our second food scraps…

· Violence Prevention Funding Supports Community Programs : Public Health Madison & Dane County is accepting applications from local community organizations to receive funding that supports violence prevention.

· Madison’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Is Now Available!: Postcards are beginning to arrive in mailboxes across Madison letting people know their drinking water continues to meet or exceed all federal and state standards for health and safety.

Streets Division Updates


· The spring curbside yard waste collection is now over. Curbside pickup will resume in the fall. You should take your yard waste to a drop-off site instead at this time.


· We’re still seeing a lot of folks unaware that Badger Rd drop-off site is permanently closed. It’s a tough feeling to have a car loaded with stuff only to find out upon arrival that the site is closed. Please encourage your neighbors, friends, family and so on to check our drop-off site webpage before loading their car. The hours, locations, and restrictions are all available there. The drop-off site webpage is www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites


· Remember large item pickup is also different than in years past, too. Crews do not roam around looking for items the week opposite recycling. You need to fill out a work order form to get your home on our pickup schedule. When you make your work order, you set the item out on the date you choose, and collection occurs during the work week following your set-out date.


· Brush collection is still ongoing and will last into September. More information about brush collection can be found at www.cityofmadison.com/BrushCollection.


· There has been more talk in the news about how to handle your batteries due to a disastrous fire in Columbia County at their facility that handles trash and recycling. Lithium batteries are a fire hazard if disposed of incorrectly. Please follow the guidelines spelled out on the Streets Division’s battery page to be sure you do it right.


· Food scraps drop off has returned to two Tuesday evening farmers’ market. The Eastside Farmers’ Market in McPike Park and the South Madison Farmers’ Market at the corner of South Park and West Wingra will both be open starting May 23. You can find out more details about the food scraps you can drop off for composting and other important specifics at www.cityofmadison.com/FoodScraps.