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Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

Construction will close near east side intersection over weekend

Construction will close near east side intersection over weekend

The intersection of Oakridge and Atwood avenues will be closed over the weekend for sewer work, according to a release.

Contractors will start sewer work on Friday at the intersection as part of the Oakridge Avenue resurfacing project, officials said. The project will close eastbound Atwood Avenue to through traffic.

The closure is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. on Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday, according to the release.

During the closure, eastbound Atwood Avenue traffic will be detoured north on Fair Oaks Avenue to Milwaukee Street, then east to Walter Street, and then south back to Atwood Avenue, officials said. Westbound Atwood Avenue will be down to one lane at Oakridge Avenue during the project.

Officials encourage drivers to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Near east side road will close to vehicle traffic, not bikes, pedestrians

Near east side road will close to vehicle traffic, not bikes, pedestrians

On Monday the city of Madison will begin a pilot project to close Jackson Street between Atwood Avenue and St. Paul Avenue, according to the release.

The project will close Jackson Street to through-traffic, but bike and pedestrian traffic will be allowed on Jackson Street and the bike path, officials said.

The closure is expected to last until October, and motorist are advised to use alternate routes.

Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

A motorcycle parade traveling more than seven miles Saturday will affect multiple Madison roadways, officials said. 

The Gold Wing Motorcycle Grand Parade will start at Warner Park and end at the Alliant Energy Center, the city of Madison said. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is a social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles. The group is holding its 36th annual Wing Ding convention in Madison this week at the Alliant Energy Center. 

Madison police will close streets along the route from about 8:30 to 9 a.m. to accommodate the cyclists and cross-traffic will not be allowed, organizers said.

The scheduled motorcycle route will have bikers travel:

Metro Transit operates on holiday schedules on July 4

Metro Transits will operate holiday schedules on Friday, July 4. Holiday Schedules are available at mymetrobus.com/holidays or in the Metro Ride Guide.

The following routes operate holiday schedules: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 30, 32, 36, 40, 50, 51, 59, 63, 67, and 68.

There will be no UW Campus Service Routes 80 – 84
 
All standing paratransit rides will be canceled on Friday, July 4. Paratransit passengers must schedule casual rides to travel on this date, according to a city of Madison report.

Metro's customer service center will be open from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. The Metro administration office will be closed for the holiday.
 

Construction to close North Street, detour buses through October

Construction to close North Street, detour buses through October

A construction project just off of East Washington Avenue will close North Street through mid-October, according to a release.

Construction on North Street between East Washington Avenue and Commercial Avenue started Saturday, officials said. The project includes new asphalt pavement, concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water mains and driveway aprons.

During construction North Street will be closed to through-traffic, but East Johnson Street at North Street will stay open to traffic, according to the release. During off-peak hours, traffic on East Johnson Street will have to cross North Street under the direction of flaggers.

The reconstruction project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

Downtown roads will be closed Sunday for bike event

Downtown roads will be closed Sunday for bike event

Streets in downtown Madison will be closed Sunday for the annual Ride the Drive event, according to a release.

The 6-mile route will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials said. Traffic will be allowed to cross the route at several key intersections under police direction.

Streets that will be closed include the Capitol Square, State Street, Gilman Street, Frances Street, Dayton Street, Bedford Street, North Shore Drive, John Nolen Drive, Blair Street and the outbound lanes of East Washington Avenue.