City of Madison Receives $110 Million in Funding Support for Rapid Route A
On Thursday, November 16, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a $110.6 million construction grant award to the City of Madison to support the Metro Rapid Route A project. The grant, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will be used to build a 15-mile, east-west Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route that will provide fast, frequent, clean, and reliable service for the community.
The Rapid Route A will alleviate traffic congestion on roads throughout the corridor that are among the most crowded in the city. BRT provides a faster, more convenient travel option than conventional buses and is expected to appeal to the estimated 115,000 new residents anticipated to move in and around downtown Madison by 2040.
New bus stations will provide level boarding and shelters enhanced with real-time bus arrival information and security cameras. The 60-foot zero-emission, battery-electric vehicles will run on 9.5 miles of dedicated lanes and receive transit signal priority to speed travelers on their way.
Construction on these new stations is currently underway.