Madison mayor touts infrastructure law’s impact on bus rapid transit plans

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Tuesday touted the benefits the city will see from the bipartisan federal infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed into law in November.

Federal funding will be critical to help get Madison’s bus rapid transit system up and running, Rhodes-Conway said.

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“Other federal funding will help us build out our BRT system, revamp our bus facilities and build charging stations for our electric fleet,” the mayor said during a news conference at Metro Transit’s north maintenance facility Tuesday morning. “I’m thankful for President Biden, (Transportation) Secretary (Pete) Buttigieg, Senator (Tammy) Baldwin and Representative (Mark) Pocan for helping Madison to move quickly to implement a fully electric bus rapid transit system.”

The funding will allow the city to buy dozens of new electric buses without spending any additional local money or having to buy a mix of electric and diesel buses. Rhodes-Conway said the cleaner fleet will save the city more than $125,000 per vehicle in maintenance costs and save nearly a quarter of a million gallons of fuel each year.

The press conference marked the beginning of a statewide push by the left-leaning group Opportunity Wisconsin to promote the infrastructure law ahead of the midterm elections.