U.S. Dept. of Transportation: Biden-Harris Administration announces $110 million grant to improve transportation options in Madison


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $110.6 million construction grant award to Madison, Wisconsin, for the new East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The grant, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will be used to build a 15-mile route that will provide fast, frequent, clean, and reliable service for the University of Wisconsin, the Madison Central Business District, and other important destinations in Wisconsin’s capital city.

“USDOT is proud to help connect the people of Madison to some of the most important employers and services in the city—including the Capitol, downtown shopping, and UW-Madison—with this grant for new electric bus service,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Madison’s East-West BRT battery-electric buses will run 15 miles from the west side of Madison to the City of Sun Prairie in the northeast. Along the way, it will travel through the UW–Madison campus (home to 50,000 students and approximately 20,000 staff), downtown Madison – including the state Capitol – and the East Towne Mall area. At both ends of the line, riders will be able to access the transit system through park-and-ride facilities.

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