Last week I spoke to the national Surface Transportation Board on behalf of Amtrak. My testimony was in support of Amtrak’s right to access freight lines which will be crucial to bringing passenger rail to Madison. You can see me give my remarks here or read them below.
In January, US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced the federal government’s new comprehensive National Roadway Safety Strategy, a roadmap for addressing the national crisis in roadway fatalities and serious injuries. This strategy is the first step at the national level
Despite a decrease in driving during the pandemic, there was a dramatic increase in crashes in 2020, resulting in tens of thousands of lost lives on our nation’s roads. The crisis is also worsening. Early estimates from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed the largest six-month
The COVID-19 pandemic and our response to it is having a profound impact on the nation’s roadway safety. With the sharp rises in speeding and alcohol consumption, traffic fatalities are dramatically increasing in communities across the US. The most vulnerable users are pedestrians. National data
Based on input gathered during the first phase of the Transit Network Redesign process, two options for future Metro mapping have been developed – one with a focus on ridership and the other on coverage. Neither is the final proposal and ultimately our future Metro system will require a compromise
July is Disability Pride month, and this year marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a major turning point in the acknowledgement of the civil rights of disabled people. But I want to take a moment to reflect on a piece of history that occurred in
Madison has been pursuing high capacity rapid transit for 30 years. The Metro Rapid system is bus rapid transit - a frequent, faster, and more reliable bus system that uses larger buses to transport more riders. BRT’s features include frequent all-day service and direct routes with fewer stops. It
Madison has been working for 30 years to bring rapid transit to our community, and we are finally in a position to make it a reality. Our Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system plan was submitted to the federal government and the Biden administration has budgeted $80 million for the first East-West leg, an
I’m fighting to bring Amtrak to Madison. Most recently, I worked with Mayor Genrich of Green Bay to get eight Wisconsin Mayors including myself, whose cities would be served by expansion of the Amtrak Hiawatha line, to send a letter to Congress expressing our enthusiastic support for the project.