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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.

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

Complete reconstruction of King, East Main streets starts Friday

Complete reconstruction of King, East Main streets starts Friday

A complete reconstruction of the 100 block of King Street and the 100 block of East Main Street will start Friday, according to a release.

Starting Friday, the 100 block of King Street will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project, officials said. The traffic route of East Main Street to South Pinckney Street will remain open through this weekend, but will close for the duration of the project starting on Monday.

Access to the Tenney Parking ramp will be maintained from Webster Street, according to the release. The 100 block of South Pinckney Street will be converted to two-way traffic to maintain on-street parking.

Madison Metro will be detouring four routes during construction.

All businesses in the area will remain open, and pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses, officials said. The project is expected to be finished in June.