Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dane RTA - where to get more information

For those interested in finding out more information about the Dane County RTA, I would recommend three current pages to start off. They have links to other sources of information, and each has a slightly different audience and slant, but they are each accurate, in my opinion.

This is in contrast to the anti-RTA people, The Great Train Robbery, has much inaccurate and distorted/alarmist information. I'm not even going to provide a link to them, because I feel that would give them legitimacy. If you chose to go to their page, and have questions, please talk to some of the people that have actually been involved in the process of studying and writing the reports about transit in Madison and Dane County. So, on to the Dane RTA.

Here are three places to start:

Downtown Madison, Inc. web site on RTA:

  • Info and links on land use, environmental, and development impacts of expanded transit options vs. status quo.
  • Compares some options: commuter rail, BRT, standard bus routes, express routes, etc.
  • Lays out support from different sectors of the community, with a strong emphasis on the business community.
Dane Alliance for Rational Transit web site on RTA:

Has links to:
  • Transport 2020 study
  • Long Range Metro Transit Planning Ad Hoc committee report
  • DMI RTA advocacy page
  • 1000 Friends RTA page
  • Wisconsin RTA Special Legislative Study Committee
  • Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO)

Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO):

Click on Plans and Projects on the left margin to get a list of links to current plans and projects on which the MPO is working. This includes the RTA about 1/3 of the way down the page.

Information included:

  • State enabling legislation
  • Boundaries laid out in state legislation
  • Dane County enabling legislation
  • Video by Wisconsin Eye of informational briefing for local elected officials (prior to County board vote on creating the RTA) – held on September 26, 2009 at the Lyman F. Anderson Agricultural and Conservation Center in Madison.

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