Madison Bus Rapid Transit Focus Group

Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Study, Accessibility Focus Group Invitation

The City of Madison is seeking community input for the Madison East-West BRT Planning Study. Public input gathered during this planning study will provide critical support for the City of Madison’s application for federal funding to assist with final design and construction. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-capacity, sustainable public transit system that uses features such as BRT-only lanes, traffic signal priority, and enhanced transit stations to provide fast and cost-effective service.

The public engagement consultant for this project, Urban Assets, is organizing a focus group to collect input from diverse individuals throughout the public process. The Accessibility Focus Group is designed to engage residents with a variety of disabilities in providing feedback on concerns, desires and preferences to inform development of the Madison East-West BRT, including feedback on the current draft route and station location options. Access to Independence invites you to participate in this focus group; your input and participation would be invaluable to the success of the project!

The focus group will be a one-hour conversation, held at Access to Independence. It is NOT necessary for you to be familiar with bus rapid transit or city planning processes to participate. This conversation will be an opportunity to provide feedback on barriers to using public transit for people with disabilities; ways to successfully design BRT stations and buses; and preferences for route options downtown and on the west side.

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Location: Access to Independence, Inc. – 3810 Milwaukee St, Madison, WI 53714

Please e-mail me at, or call me at 608-242-8484, to let me know if you or others are interested in participating. If you need any accommodations to participate in the conversation, please let me know by August 16th.

Please note that Access to Independence asks participants to refrain from wearing heavily-scented products at any agency events for the health and safety of others.

Finally, free 10-ride bus passes will be provided for any participant who is interested!

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