As city alders took their first look at a proposal for a speedier bus service in Madison, Mayor Paul Soglin said the biggest obstacle remains the state.
A city-commissioned study suggests bus rapid transit, or BRT, would relieve crowding on Metro Transit routes and cut travel times by 20 percent or more. Buses would have technology to extend green lights and, in some places, would have dedicated lanes.
The four corridors would be along East Washington Avenue, Sherman Avenue, University Avenue/Mineral Point Road and South Park Street/Fish Hatchery Road.
The system would cost $138-192 million to build, including purchasing larger and sleeker buses, building roadside stations reminiscent of other cities' light rail lines and constructing a maintenance garage.