Area legislators follow up on city of Madison’s complaint against WisDOT regarding new DMV location

Area legislators follow up on city of Madison’s complaint against WisDOT regarding new DMV location
Courtesy Wisconsin DOT

Madison-area legislators urged the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in a letter Friday to consider the problems that may arise if a proposed new location for the Department of Motor Vehicles is approved.

WisDOT announced Tuesday that the DMV would consolidate services now offered at Odana Road and Sheboygan Avenue to a single location on Excelsior Drive .

In a letter to WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross, legislators note that public transportation to the site is limited and, with the Beltline forming a barrier, the location is not pedestrian- or bicycle-friendly.

Legislators suggested that the move and consolidation at a new location on Excelsior Drive may result in accessibility barriers for communities primarily consisting of the elderly, racial minorities and low-income families. This, combined with Wisconsin’s current voter ID law, may result in those same populations being disenfranchised.

In the letter, legislators stated that the city of Madison’s complaint, filed by the city’s Department of Civil Rights, has merit and that they have similar concerns.

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