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State Street is key to bus system -- Ken Streit

State Street is key to bus system -- Ken Streit

Madison Metro Bus

A Metro Transit bus turns onto State Street from the Capitol Square in Madison. Instead of buses running down State Street, the area should be turned into a pedestrian mall with cafes, music, public art, trees and much more space for people to stroll and have fun Downtown. 

I think last Sunday's editorial suggesting we close State Street in Madison to buses minimized the role that State Street plays in efficient Metro Transit bus service.

I have been on the transportation commission for a long time and respect the schedulers as well as the many riders who depend on buses getting through Downtown quickly to make transfers.

The commission is in the first year of a process that could set up new routes (in addition to bus rapid transit) that would better serve low income and outlying neighborhoods. While buses on State Street may have to wait for pedestrians, the bus-only route is a much faster path from the Square than rerouting to adjacent congested streets.

Ken Streit, Madison

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