Downtown businesses oppose BRT

Downtown businesses are calling for a new post-pandemic plan for State Street and opposing bus rapid transit (BRT) and larger bus stations on the street, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. In a letter to Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, the Central Business Improvement District, which represents more than 270 properties and 500 first-floor businesses, expressed support for BRT but opposed running the buses on State Street. The mayor is firm on keeping the buses on State Street but says the stations will be “right-sized” to reduce their visual impact. The letter asserts the route on State Street will set the future of the street for at least the next 50 years, making it harder to create an alternative vision to ensure the area remains an active, vibrant place.