What is Transport 2020?
Transport 2020 is a
Transportation Alternatives Analysis for the Dane County / Greater Madison
Metropolitan Area. The detailed planning study will consider and
comparatively evaluate the costs, benefits and impacts of various
transportation improvement alternatives.
What alternatives are being
The study will include highway
alternatives such as advanced technologies to improve highway operations
and highway widening options; bus rapid transit alternatives such as buses
operating on dedicated lanes in existing streets and/or on exclusive
rights-way; and rail alternatives using exclusive rights-of-way and/or
using existing streets. See Alternatives
How does this study relate to
recent LRT and commuter rail studies?
Two rail feasibility studies were
conducted in this area: in 1992 there was a light rail transit (LRT)
study, and in 1998 there was a commuter
rail study. These studies determined the feasibility of providing rail
transit service in the area and established that such service is
worthwhile to investigate in greater detail. The current Transport 2020
study will comparatively evaluate various transportation options in the
Dane County/ Greater Madison metropolitan area, including LRT and commuter
rail as well as bus and highway alternatives.
How is Transport 2020 related to
High-Speed Rail service between Madison and Milwaukee?
High-speed passenger rail service
in the Midwest, including between Madison and Milwaukee, is being examined
as part of a separate study, the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative. The
Midwest Regional Rail Initiative is investigating the potential for
high-speed long distance passenger train service between Chicago,
Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. There will be coordination
between the train station for the high speed passenger rail service and
service to the Transport 2020 corridor area.
How will the public be involved
in the study?
The study provides for extensive
public involvement activities to inform residents and other interested
individuals of the study progress and to incorporate the public’s ideas
and concerns into the study. This web page is one component of the public
involvement efforts. On-going public involvement activities include
stakeholder interviews, committee meetings, newsletters, and public
information meetings. See Public Meetings.
What areas of Dane County are
While the specific transportation
improvement alternatives analyzed will focus on the study
area, residents throughout Dane County could benefit. The entire map
shown illustrates potential "origins" for trips, while the area
inside the study area boundary could be considered origins and destinations
for trips that could use the transportation improvements. Further, the
transportation improvements considered in this study could be initial
segments for a larger ultimate system in additional corridors (see the
arrows radiating from the corridor in the study area map) to better serve
the entire area.
Who is conducting the study?
The study is a joint effort of
the City of Madison, Dane County, and the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation. Two committees advise the study sponsors: an
Advisory Committee and a Technical Advisory
Committee. The study sponsors have contracted with a team of
consultants, headed by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., who have extensive
experience with these types of studies and have been selected to help
conduct much of the technical work of the study.