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1st Fl Conf Rm, Mad Cen Pub Library; 201 W. Mifflin
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An Independent Citizen Voice for Buses

Welcome to the home page of Madison Area Bus Advocates. We are a group of bus riders and friends who aim to inform people about the reality and the possibilities of a Madison Metro Transit, to encourage system development, and to encourage bus ridership. We believe that good public transit supports the dignity and freedom of all individuals, creates an open, hospitable and welcoming community, respects the environment, opens economic opportunity to all and moves people to where they need to go. Our vision is of a vastly improved and expanded transit system. Will you help us get there? Join Us!

A Local AND Streamlined Rapid System

We need local AND rapid (black lines on map) transit because the area has become too large to be served adequately by only one type of bus. Rapid buses can go on major corridors and stop infrequently while local buses can go consistently in one direction, stop more frequently, and with a grid system, use naturally-occurring transfer points. System design should enable heavily-used lines to be converted to light rail in the future. Read More

Opinion: Regional Transport Authority (RTA)

The priorities of a socially fair and fiscally-responsible RTA here should be to 1) establish a centrally-located terminal for inter-city and intra-city transit, 2) enhance our existing transit system (the bus) within and outside Madison, 3) add express or rapid buses that compete with the automobile for time and convenience, and 4) add shared-ride taxis, circulators, and shuttles for small populations. Read more

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"We’ll be the first generation in the history of the planet that drove to the poorhouse in an automobile” - Will Rogers, 1931