The City of Sun Prairie and Madison are working together to explore options for providing local fixed-route bus service (i.e., Madison Metro) throughout the City of Sun Prairie. Below are details on the upcoming process that will determine what local transit service around Sun Prairie could look like in the near future.
Report on Resident Feedback on a Potential Sun Prairie Local Bus Service
During October and November of 2021, 3,334 Sun Prairie residents were invited to participate in a survey designed to gauge interest in a local bus service and how they might use such a service. A total of 653 people completed the survey, providing estimates expected to be accurate to within plus or minus 3.8%. The composition of respondents with respect to gender, race/ethnicity and income aligned quite well with 2020 Census figures for the City. The results of this survey are a key tool in informing the local transit service planning process.
Local Transit Planning Presentations to Transit Commission - March 2022
The City of Madison gave a presentation to the Sun Prairie Transit Commission (linked above) of a potential option for local Metro bus service to Sun Prairie, that would connect to Bus Rapid Transit Service at the Park-and-Ride facility off Reiner Road. The route was drafted by Jarrett Walker + Associates, a nationally recognized transit planning firm working with Madison Metro on its Transit Network Redesign. The draft route is based off key factors such as proximity to major destinations and employers, areas of high population and employment density, and travelling along streets most suitable for accommodating buses.
It is critical to note this route is a potential option for local transit bus service, and not by any means a final decision. The final form of the route will be ultimately formed by an extensive stakeholder and public engagement process throughout the Spring and Summer of 2022. More details on this process are included above.