Wisconsin Avenue has been removed from the list of possible routes for a proposed bus rapid transit system that would run from downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, said Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley.

Neighborhood concerns about constructing a bus rapid transit system along that road played a part in the decision, Ehley said. A number of Wauwatosa residents protested the proposed route along Wisconsin Avenue last month, citing concerns that students walking to school may be subject to more danger with more buses.

'That was the least desirable of the three (options),' she said.

Possible routes on Bluemound Road and State Street are still under consideration for the feasibility study, Ehley said.

Bus rapid transit systems allow buses to drive in separate, dedicated lanes, make fewer stops than typical buses and make it possible for the buses to be competitive with vehicle drive times.

The vehicles are often specialized and longer than a standard bus to increase passenger capacity, and they have several doors to permit faster boarding. The vehicles also use transit signal priority so they can keep stoplights green longer, if needed.

The proposed project is currently in its feasibility study phase, meaning no decision or exact routing has been determined. To receive federal funding for the project, a number of possible options must be turned in as part of the project, Ehley said.

'It's important to have multiple options,' she said.

Milwaukee County will host public information meetings for the East-West Bus Rapid Transit study on Thrusday, April 14.

The study will evaluate costs, benefits and impacts of new transit service in the east-west corridor connecting downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, two large employment hubs in the Milwaukee area.

Those who attend the meeting will see displays about the study process, purpose and need, and route options. A brief presentation will start at 6 p.m.

The presentation is scheduled for the following time: 5 to 7 p.m. April 14, at the Zoofari Conference Center, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee.

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