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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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District 19 Blog

Tag: Metro Transit

Proposed Metro Transit changes may affect you

If you ride Madison Metro from District 19, some proposed route and schedule changes may affect you. For brevity, I've oversimplified these changes and listed only those that affect service to our neighborhoods, so you may wish to read about all of the proposed changes and find out how to give … [read more]

Flooding Update (8-26-2018 at 1pm) & Metro Transit Information (Storm Related and Some Planned Changes Now in Effect)

We've luckily had a nice weekend so far, but rain is predicted to start again this afternoon. Here's the latest update from the City: Current Status: August 26 at 1:00 PM As of this morning, Lake Mendota has dropped about an inch. The Yahara River at East Main Street fell one and a half … [read more]

Transportation in 2025 & Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Kickoff and Survey

Two piece of transportation related news/information: Last month, Tom Lynch, City of Madison's Transportation Director, gave a fantastic lunch keynote presentation at the Mayor's Neighborhood Conference called Transportation in 2025. That presentation is now available for online viewing. I … [read more]

New Years Update

Here's some news on free Metro Transit rides on New Year's Eve, tree collection, and garbage collection around New Year's: Metro Transit Offers FREE Rides on New Year's Eve Stay safe during the holidays! Metro Transit and the Tavern League of Wisconsin's Safe Ride Program offer FREE rides … [read more]

Thursday Office Hours, BRT Kickoff Recap, Police Survey and 2019 Neighborhood Grant Material

This update includes an open office hours reminder, BRT Kickoff Recap, MPD Survey and 2019 Neighborhood Grant Material. Open Office Hours On Thursday evening (1/10/2019), I will have open office hours from 4:30-7pm at Alicia Ashman Library - Study Room - 733 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI … [read more]

New Metro Transit Website, Drop-Off Site Hours and Office Hours Reminder

A brief update which includes open office hours reminder for Tuesday, a new Metro Transit website and expanded drop-off site hours. Open Office Hours Reminder: Tomorrow evening (3/26/2019), I will have open office hours from 4:30-7pm at Alicia Ashman Library - Study Room - 733 N High Point … [read more]

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) - Second Meeting and Midtown District Police Station Open House

Information about two upcoming events: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Second Meeting Scheduled (5/14) The City of Madison is exploring options for a new East-West BRT line and needs your input to make this project a success! Please give us your feedback a second time and help us … [read more]

July Office Hours and July 4th Service Changes (Metro and Trash/Recycling)

Details on July's Office Hours and information on service changes for July 4th. Office Hours In July, I will be holding open office hours twice: Date Location Saturday, July 13th (7:30am - 10am) Westside Community Market - Behind UW Health Digestive … [read more]

TFOGS Open House and BRT Meeting

Some details on two meetings this week: Task Force for Government Structure (TFOGS) Open House and Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Study Meeting Three. Task Force for Government Structure (TFOGS) Open House Wednesday, August 28th 2019 (5pm - 8pm) Location: The Atrium, … [read more]

Office Hours Update, Task Force on Government Structure Open House and More...

An update on my open office hours for September, upcoming Spring Harbor Watershed Study Meeting, information on an upcoming open house about the structure of Madison City Government, next meeting on bus rapid transit and information on National Voter Registration Day! September Office … [read more]

Vehicle Registration Tax

I've heard from many residents with questions and concerns about the proposed $40 a year Vehicle Registration Tax (aka Wheel Tax) in the 2020 Operating Budget. This post will hopefully help provide some answers. (I will be posting more details on the overall 2020 Budget, including a post about … [read more]

New Years Eve and Day Refuse and Recycling Schedule & Metro Transit Free Rides on New Year's Eve

Some New Year's related news to share about refuse and recycling and Metro Transit. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Refuse & Recycling Schedule Below is the information regarding Streets Division operations on New Year's Eve 2019 and New Year's Day 2020. New Year's Eve … [read more]

February Office Hours, Early Voting, Madison Digital Inclusion Summit, Stormwater Ordinance Changes, Report Snow Removal Issues and Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting

A long update including info on February Office Hours, early voting, an upcoming Digital Inclusion Summit, important stormwater ordinance changes, a link to report snow removal issues and a save the date for a meeting on Bus Rapid Transit. Office Hours In February, I will be holding open … [read more]

Office Hours Reminder (Wednesday AM) & BRT Public Meeting

A reminder that I will be holding office hours tomorrow (Wednesday) AM and information about a Bus Rapid Transit meeting. Office Hours I will be holding office hours tomorrow (Thursday) morning at Moka - 5227 University Avenue, Madison 53705 from 7:30am to 9:30am. f you have a question, … [read more]

July Office Hours, Upcoming Election, Odana Area Plan, and Metro Transit Update

I will be hosting office hours in July virtually on Monday, July 13th in the afternoon and Thursday, July 23rd in the morning. I will be using Zoom (with video). Note: I have set it up so I can only meet one person at a time. If I'm meeting with someone else, there will be a small waiting … [read more]

Office Hours This Afternoon, Voting, Library Update, Metro Transit, City Update and 2020 Census

A reminder that I will be hosting virtual office hours this afternoon from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Learn more about my August office hours here. If you have a question, concern, or topic of interest that you would like to discuss, but my scheduled open office hours don't work for you, you can … [read more]

BRT Meeting, Financial Resources Hotline, and Secure Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes

Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Continues Project Kick-Off Meeting, October 22, 2020 What: Madison East-West BRT Planning Study – Project Development Kickoff Virtual Meeting When: Thursday, October 22, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: Zoom link located at www.MadisonBRT.com Why: … [read more]

West Side BRT Meeting on 12/3 and Refuse & Recycling Collection Schedule for Thanksgiving

Bus Rapid Transit/West Side Refinements Neighborhood Meeting Please join us for a virtual neighborhood meeting where we will hear about the planned first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system here in Madison - and in particular, some possible changes to Mineral Point Road and Whitney … [read more]

Trash & Recycling Collection and Metro Service on Christmas Eve and Christmas

Some quick updates Christmas Eve and Christmas day services below. City offices are closed on both December 24 & 25. Happy Holidays! Trash & Recycling Collection Will Happen on Christmas Eve Operating hours will be shortened The Streets Division will be performing trash and … [read more]

Winter Reminder, New Years Eve and Day Services, and Christmas Tree Collection

Just a quick reminder that I generally won't be posting winter weather updates and the best place to get those updates is www.cityofmadison.com/winter. You can subscribe to get updates in a number of ways from that site. Here are some recent winter updates: Large Item Collection Canceled … [read more]

Upcoming Meetings: Metro Network Design, Odana Area Plan and University Ave

I wanted to share some upcoming meetings that may interest residents in District 19: Metro Transit Network Redesign Public Information Meeting Phase One Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 3 @ 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Zoom Link Meeting Details Please attend a virtual community … [read more]

Last Minute 4/6 Polling Place Changes, Metro Transit Redesign and Spring Update from Streets

City of Madison Polling Place Changes for April 6th The City of Madison Clerk's Office has had to move many polling places since the February Spring Primary and the November General Election. Voters are encouraged to check whether their polling place has changed if they plan to vote on … [read more]

June Office Hours and Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of May 31

I will be hosting office hours in twice in June. One of my sessions will be virtually using Zoom (with video) and the other will be in back in person! Since we're returning to a new normal and I'm fully vaccinated, I'll be hosting my first in-person office hours since last March 2020! I'll be … [read more]

ARPA Update, University Research Park Development, Metro Redesign and Highlights for the Week of July 19, 2021

Preview of Metro Transit Redesign of Coverage and Ridership The Transportation Commission and the Transportation Policy and Planning Board will be discussing a preview of proposed Metro Transit Redesign maps at their joint meeting on Monday. Meeting details Meeting agenda Register … [read more]

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of July 26

Element Lab Virtual Neighboor Meeting On Tuesday at 6:30 PM: University Research Park proposes to construct Element Lab, a new lab facility at the southwest corner of Mineral Point Road and S. Whitney Way. The pro-posed five-story, 145,000 square foot facility would require Conditional Use … [read more]

August Office Hours, Development at 5533 University Avenue, Metro Fare Study, Vision Zero and Other Highlights for the Week of August 2, 2021

August Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Tuesday, August 10th (virtually) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. … [read more]

Multiple D19 Projects at Plan Commission and Other Highlights for the Week of August 23

Multiple District 19 Projects at Monday's Plan Commission Meeting Adopting the Odana Area Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan Project Website City of Madison - File #: 66098 (legistar.com) Element Collective at University Research Park (421 Charmany … [read more]

2022 Capital Budget, Redistricting and Other Highlights for the Week of September 6

L’shana tova to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah this week. Due to Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, there are less City meetings this week than usual. 2022 Executive Capital Budget On August 31, Mayor Rhodes-Conway released the 2022 Executive Capital Budget and 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan … [read more]

BRT, Let's Talk Streets and Other Highlights for the Week of September 27, 2021

City 2022 Executive Capital Budget The Finance Committee will be discussing the 2022 Executive Capital Budget at its meeting on Monday. Meeting Details Meeting Agenda Register for Public Comment Bus Rapid Transit Community Meeting - 30% Project Design Attend a virtual … [read more]

Office Hours, Redistricting, Operating Budget, Brush Collection, Vision Zero and Other Highlights for the Week of October 4, 2021

October Office Hours I will be hosting office hours this week on Thursday (October 7) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. … [read more]

Budget Update, Redistricting and Other Highlights for the Week of October 25

2022 Operating Budget The Finance Committee will be discussing amendments to the 2022 Executive Operating Budget at its meeting on Monday. The Common Council will take up the budget on the second week of November. I'll have a long post about the capital and operating budget soon. Meeting … [read more]

Christmas Eve and Christmas Service Impacts

Trash & Recycling Will Be Collected on [Friday] Christmas Eve 2021 Drop-off sites also open but closing early The Streets Division will be performing regularly scheduled curbside collections of trash and recycling on Friday, December 24, 2021. Streets Division drop-off sites will … [read more]

Winter, Xmas Tree Collection, and New Year's Eve & Day Service Impacts

My seasonal reminder that I'll rarely post winter weather updates and the best way to get timely winter updates is to subscribe via the City's Winter updates page. There are lots of different options: Call the Winter Parking Hotline: (608) 261-9111 Winter Text Alerts Winter Email … [read more]

Lake Mendota Drive and Other Highlights for the Week of January 10, 2022

Lake Mendota Drive The City of Madison is planning to reconstruct Lake Mendota Dr. Due to the size/scope of the work, this work will be completed over several years, with work being completed on several blocks each year. In 2022, work is planned for the western most blocks, in 2023, the … [read more]

MLK Day, LMD, Canoe, and Highlights for the Week of January 17, 2022

Lake Mendota Drive Reconstruction Last week, the Engineering department held a public information meeting to discuss the upcoming Lake Mendota Drive reconstruction project. As a reminder, this work will be completed over several years, with work being completed on several blocks each year. In … [read more]

Feb Office Hours, Spring Election, Watershed Studies and Highlights for the Week of January 31, 2022

February Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Tuesday, February 15, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can … [read more]

Highlights for the Week of February 7, 2022

Unsheltered Homelessness Response Panel The City-County Homeless Issues Committee will host an unsheltered homelessness response panel with outreach providers at its meeting on Monday. Meeting Details Meeting Agenda Register for Public Comment Greater East Towne Plan The Plan … [read more]

Mask Order to Expire 3/1, Transit Network Redesign Meeting and LMD PIM Registration

Sharing some news from today: Dane County Face Covering Order to Expire March 1 Effective at 12:00am on March 1, 2022, Public Health Madison & Dane County will no longer require face coverings in public indoor spaces in light of steadily decreasing COVID-19 case rates and … [read more]

Metro Redesign, LMD and Other Highlights for the Week of February 21, 2022

Transit Network Redesign Community Meeting On Thursday, Metro Transit will host a community meeting on at 6pm via Zoom, to discuss the recently released Metro Transit Network Redesign draft. This draft plan was designed to achieve the Transportation Policy and Planning Board's objective of … [read more]

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of March 7, 2022

Lake Mendota Drive Reconstruction at Transportation Commission The City of Madison is planning to reconstruct Lake Mendota Dr. Due to the size/scope of the work, this work will be completed over several years, with work being completed on several blocks each year. In 2022, work is planned … [read more]

Office Hours, LMD, Streets Division Updates and Other Highlights for the Week of April 4, 2022

Office Hours on Tuesday I will be hosting office hours on Thursday (April 7) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can … [read more]

Metro Transit Redesign, MPD, LMD, Westside Market, and Other Highlights for the Week of April 11, 2022

Metro Transit Redesign Metro has released a draft Transit Network Redesign Plan, which is a proposed complete restructuring of service in 2023. This draft plan is designed toward a ridership goal. The plan focuses on fewer routes that are more direct and frequent, while providing coverage … [read more]

Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of April 25, 2022

Lake Mendota Drive At the Common Council meeting last week, the Council approved the Lake Mendota Drive Reconstruction project's roadway geometry resolution. Thank you to all those who sent in feedback. The City held three public information meetings, multiple committee meetings and … [read more]

Office Hours, Medians, Metro Transit Redesign Update and Highlights for the week of May 2, 2022

May Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Wednesday (May 4) from 7:30am to 9:30am. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can register … [read more]

Last Chance Yard Waste Collection, University Ave and Other Highlights for the Week of May 16, 2022

Last Chance Yard Waste Collection The Streets Division will be performing a final yard waste collection. Yard waste needs to be placed at the curb by Sunday, May 15. Crews will begin that final sweep through neighborhoods starting the work week following May 15. By performing this last chance … [read more]

Metro Network Redesign and Highlights for the Week of May 23, 2022

Common Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 24th The Common Council will meet virtually at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 24. Meeting details Meeting agenda Watch online Lake Mendota Drive 2022 Project After approving the geometry for the entire Lake Mendota Drive project, the … [read more]

Highlights for the Week of May 30, 2022

Memorial Day Service Impacts No Streets Division Collections on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022 - Drop-off sites will also be closed. 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 … [read more]

June Office Hours, Metro Network Redesign and Highlights for the Week of June 6, 2022

June Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Thursday (June 16) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can … [read more]

Power, Storm Response Operations, and Holiday Update - 6/16/2022

MGE Update from June 16, 2022, 11:45 a.m. MGE Continues to Restore Service Following Two Storms Following a second storm in Madison Gas and Electric’s (MGE) service territory Wednesday evening, crews continue working to restore power to impacted customers. As of 11:45 a.m., about 380 … [read more]

Highlights for the Week of June 27, 2022

Brush from June 13, 2022 Storm to be Collected by Friday, July 8, 2022 - Residents should place brush out by their scheduled set-out day Complete 2022 Trash and Recycling Collection Calendars Now Available: On August 1, around 9,000 west side residents will have their … [read more]

July Office Hours and Other Highlights for the Week of July 4, 2022

July Office Hours -- This Thursday I will be hosting office hours on Thursday, July 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office … [read more]

Hybrid Council Meeting and Other Highlights for the Week of July 11, 2022

The Common Council will meet in hybrid format at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 12. Meeting details Meeting agenda Watch online On Wednesday, July 13, the Public Safety Review Committee will discuss the proposed ordinance that would prohibit the Madison Police Department and law … [read more]

Office Hours and Other Highlights for the Week of August 15, 2022

August Office Hours I will be hosting office hours on Tuesday (August 16th) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I will be using Zoom (with video): REGISTER Please use the registration above to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can … [read more]

Speed Reduction on Mineral Point and Other Highlights for the Week of August 29, 2022

Vision Zero Continues Speed Reductions on a Section of Mineral Point Rd Starting today (8/29), the next 2022 roadway improvement scheduled through the Vision Zero initiative takes place to a section of Mineral Point Rd, from S Whitney Way to the Beltline. This key roadway is home to commercial … [read more]

Two Neighborhood Meetings and Other Highlights for the Week of September 5, 2022

City offices are closed on Today (Monday, September 5) Administrative offices are closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. Emergency services will be open; please call 911. You may use Report a Problem for non-emergencies. Emergency water issue: Call Madison Water Utility, … [read more]

Highlights for the Week of October 24, 2022

The Common Council will meet in hybrid format at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 25. Meeting details Meeting agenda Watch online Last Virtual Community Session on the 2023 Budget The city's budget for 2023 will be debated and adopted by the Common Council in November. In addition to … [read more]

Highlights for the Week of October 31, 2022

WEDNESDAY - OPEN HOUSE @ CUNA Mutual Group - Planned Demolition of 5710 Mineral Point Road Alder Tishler and I will be hosting an informal open house at CUNA Mutual Group - 5810 Mineral Point Road on Wednesday (November 2, 2022) from 5pm-6:30pm. CUNA Mutual Group will share plans for the next … [read more]

Voting Info, Office Hours and Highlights for the Week of November 7, 2022

Vote! If you haven't done so already, please remember to vote in the General Election on Tuesday!!! Polls are open from 7am until 8pm. As a reminder: Due to redistricting, ward numbers changed in early 2022. Here are the voting locations for Tuesday: Ward Voting … [read more]

Highlights for the Week of November 21, 2022

?The Common Council will meet in hybrid format at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 22nd. Meeting details Meeting agenda Watch online ?To see the full list of City meetings scheduled for the week, please consult the City meeting schedule. News Project Update: University … [read more]

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