Public transit bus on street with cyclist riding next to it in Madison, Wisconsin.

Madison BRT Line to Open Next Year

The city’s bus rapid transit service will be the second BRT system in Wisconsin.

December 4, 2023 - Wisconsin Public Radio

University of Wisconsin Madison students walking down LIbrary Mall pedestrian area in Madison, WI

How Food Trucks Promote Walkable Cities

Food trucks, outdoor dining spaces, and parklets are moving the needle toward more people-friendly cities and less car-oriented streets.

July 11, 2023 - CNU Public Square

A map of the city of Madison’s public transit routes.

Madison Launches Redesigned Transit System

Transit riders in Madison, Wisconsin are navigating an entirely new system this week.

June 13, 2023 - WKOW

People riding electric bike share bikes in downtown Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Adopts ‘Complete Green Streets’ Plan

The new document consolidates the city’s Complete Streets projects with its sustainability plan, providing a flexible framework for comprehensive actions that focus on safety, sustainability, and equity.

January 10, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Wisconsin Public Transit

Madison Redesigning its Transit System, BRT Included

Transit service in the Wisconsin State Capital has been redesigned on a high-frequency grid.

June 12, 2022 - Wisconsin State Journal

View of Madisonm Wisconsin with state capitol building

Madison To Create Transit-Oriented Zoning

The city plans to create a TOD overlay district to encourage density and affordable housing near transit.

May 2, 2022 - City of Madison

Wisconsin State Capital

Transit Activists Call on Wisconsin Leaders To Reject Car-Centric Planning

With billions in new federal funding set to benefit state infrastructure projects, advocates for sustainable transportation call on state leaders to focus resources on public transit, pedestrian, and cycling improvements.

February 7, 2022 - Madison Commons

Wisconsin State Capital

City Council Approves South Madison Housing Plan

A proposal to redevelop an area of South Madison with higher density and more housing options has drawn criticism from local residents who wanted to see more single-family housing included in the plan.

January 7, 2022 - Wisconsin State Journal

Transit Planning

Dedicated Center Lane Planned for Madison Bus Rapid Transit

Some portions of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system planned for Madison, Wisconsin will resemble the fully realized BRT systems more common in other parts of the world.

December 1, 2020 - Wisconsin State Journal

COVID-19 protests

Wisconsin in Crisis

Hospitals in parts of Wisconsin are experiencing a medical crisis reminiscent of New York and Arizona—they are running out of beds due to a surge of COVID-19 patients. The outbreak is statewide, showing no relationship with density.

October 11, 2020 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Capitol

Researchers Analyze Pandemic Transportation Patterns for Planning Lessons

An article details the efforts of Madison-area researchers to glean lessons from the transportation patterns of March and April to inform better planning for the future.

June 10, 2020 - Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Capitol

Madison Common Council Narrowly Approves Unpopular $40 Wheel Tax

Despite major opposition by residents, the Madison Common Council approved a $40 motor vehicle registration fee (aka 'wheel tax') on an 11-8 vote on Oct. 29 to help fund the city's new East-West Bus Rapid Transit system.

November 29, 2019 - Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Public Transit

Transit Dreams Follow 'Wheel Tax' Proposal in Madison

After Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway proposed a $40 "wheel tax," otherwise known as a vehicle registration fee, the debate heated up about what the revenue could fund, or whether it's necessary at all.

October 15, 2019 - Channel 3000

Bus Lane

Growing Madison Seeks BRT

Besides addressing mobility needs, activists hope a new transit option will make more of the city accessible for the disabled.

February 4, 2019 - Badger Herald


Wisconsin County Completes First Comprehensive Zoning Code Rewrite in 70-Plus Years

Dane County, Wisconsin, which includes the city of Madison, has rewritten its zoning code to address a changing economy and a state-mandated system of local control.

January 29, 2019 - Waunakee Tribune

US Highway 53 - Wisconsin

Madison Launches Bus Rapid Transit Study

Wisconsin’s growing capital is hoping to add bus only transit to accommodate its new residents.

December 22, 2018 - The Cap Times

Driverless Shuttle

New Driverless Shuttle Tests Hit the Road in Michigan, Wisconsin

Two university campuses and a Dan Gilbert-owned campus will be among the first wave of driverless shuttle testing grounds.

April 29, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Proterra Electric Bus

Madison to Get Three 100%-Electric Buses

$1.3 million in federal funding will contribute to a plan for three electric buses for Madison.

September 27, 2017 - Wisconsin State Journal

Madison Bike

A New Long-Range Transportation Plan for Madison, WI

Proposed long-range transportation plan for Madison emphasizes biking, walking, bus rapid transit.

January 10, 2017 - The Capital Times

Tiny Houses Shelter the Homeless in Wisconsin

Cheap construction materials, crowdfunding, and volunteer construction crews have produced villages of tiny homes as a place for the homeless to find shelter in every corner of the United States. What does it take for such homes to work?

May 13, 2014 - Reuters via Chicago Tribune

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