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Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

A motorcycle parade traveling more than seven miles Saturday will affect multiple Madison roadways, officials said. 

The Gold Wing Motorcycle Grand Parade will start at Warner Park and end at the Alliant Energy Center, the city of Madison said. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is a social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles. The group is holding its 36th annual Wing Ding convention in Madison this week at the Alliant Energy Center. 

Madison police will close streets along the route from about 8:30 to 9 a.m. to accommodate the cyclists and cross-traffic will not be allowed, organizers said.

The scheduled motorcycle route will have bikers travel:

Taxi services for disabled residents focus of meeting

Taxi services for disabled residents focus of meeting

The city plans to hold a listening session this week about taxi transportation.

The City of Madison Commission on People with Disabilities asked residents of the disabled community to share their experiences Thursday relating to accessible taxi services.

The listening session begins at 5 p.m. at the Brittingham Apartments, 755 Braxton Place.

In a release Wednesday, the city said that about 10 years ago, Madison created an accessible taxi ordinance. Since then, demand for the service increased steadily with Union Cab providing 10,000 rides in 2013; a 125-percent increase from 2012. Due to the continuing rise in demand for improved accessible taxi services, the commission is investigating whether needs for the service are being met.

The commission asked residents to consider:

Downtown roads will be closed Sunday for bike event

Downtown roads will be closed Sunday for bike event

Streets in downtown Madison will be closed Sunday for the annual Ride the Drive event, according to a release.

The 6-mile route will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials said. Traffic will be allowed to cross the route at several key intersections under police direction.

Streets that will be closed include the Capitol Square, State Street, Gilman Street, Frances Street, Dayton Street, Bedford Street, North Shore Drive, John Nolen Drive, Blair Street and the outbound lanes of East Washington Avenue.

Contractors will close West Gilman St. Friday

Contractors will close West Gilman St. Friday

West Gilman Street will be closed to through traffic Friday for contractors to pour concrete for the HUB Development, according to a release from the city of Madison.

The 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., officials said.

Two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of West Gilman Street will be permitted, according to the release. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on West Gilman Street to all residences and businesses at all times during the closure.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate routes to avoid delays during the closure.

North Frances Street will be closed Thursday, Friday

North Frances Street will be closed Thursday, Friday

North Frances Street will be closed from 7 a.m. on Thursday until Friday afternoon, according to a city of Madison release.

Contractors will be setting up equipment to disassemble a tower crane in the 300 block of North Frances Street, officials said. Through traffic will be closed on North Frances Street between West Johnson Street and University Avenue.

Access from North Frances Street to the Fluno Center parking ramp from the north and to the UW Parking Ramp 43 from the south will remain open, according to the release. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the west side of the street.

Pedestrian access to all businesses will remain open during the closure, according to the release. Madison Metro bus routes will not be affected by the closure.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use different routes to avoid delays during the closure.

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.