Wed, May 24, 2017
Proposals : Transport 2020
Transport 2020 Locally Preferred alternative
Phase II: Downtown Connector (July 2002)
PHASE 1B REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM CONNECTOR
Connector service in-street to downtown activity centers: In-street starter rail service, utilizing a light passenger rail vehicle, would connect downtown activity centers to the commuter rail trunk line service.
Proposed Alignment (See Figure 1)
This alignment is 3.2 miles in length.
In order to provide flexibility of service, on Capitol Square, the eastbound and westbound tracks should be connected via segments of curved track and switches (at Main and Pinckney/King and at State and Mifflin/Carroll). This would allow cars from Camp Randall and Ingersoll to end their trips or Ashort turn@ at the Square; this may be desirable during rush hour, parades and other downtown events. Also for flexibility, cross-overs should be provided at two or three locations to allow cars to reverse direction. One obvious location for a cross-over would be on Dayton Street, west of the Kohl Center (between Lake and Park Streets).
Proposed Station/Stop Locations and Spacing
The preliminary station/stop locations for this alignment are shown in Figure 1. There are 8 stations/stops. The stops are as follows:
The spacing between the proposed stops ranges from .3 miles to .6 miles. The average stop spacing is .4 miles.
There are at least two advantages of locating the eastern terminal at Ingersoll. First, the system will need a storage and maintenance facility for the cars. An ideal location is the vacant land between the existing Madison Metro facility and the rail ROW east of Ingersoll Street. Placing this facility at the end of the line minimizes non-revenue "deadhead" trips for cars to and from the facility. Second, locating the line in the center of East Main Street will encourage development in this area, and would make the line accessible to residents of the near east side.
Hours of Operation, Headway, Scheduling
The following are recommended:
Additional cars should be scheduled in coordination with the starting and ending times of major events at Camp Randall, the Kohl Center, the Overture Hall and Oscar Meyer Theatre, and Monona Terrace.
Number of Cars
To provide the proposed service, a fleet of 8 cars would be sufficient.
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