Monona discussed this option with Madison Metro but there are several reasons why this is not the best option for Monona.
First and foremost, the use of Madison Metro and Madison Paratransit, the special door-to-door service operated for qualifying individuals who cannot take the regular bus, are a package deal. And Federal regulations require that anyone qualifying for Paratransit must live within three-quarters of a mile of the regular Metro service area. Monona is and has always been committed to our Seniors and others that require door-to-door service. If the bus ran only on Broadway and Monona Drive, far too many residents that need paratransit would live outside of that three-quarters of a mile regulation and therefore would be denied access.
Second, we know from our current ridership on the Express and on the Lift that there is need for bus service both west and east of Monona Drive. And for many years, residents have asked why we can’t have service running more regularly to the City Center for access to the Library, City Hall, Senior Center and events at Winnequah Park.