Transportation related articles: Public transportation, planes, trains, buses and automobiles.


David Michael Miller

There was little media attention last month when the Dane County Board quietly passed a new wheel tax. It’s a big subsidy from Madison residents to those who live in rural areas. more

Dec 12, 2017 5:01 AM Citizen Dave 8 Comments


Carolyn Fath

David Prosser has been retired from the Wisconsin Supreme Court for nearly a year. A former legislator, he’s now looking deeper into state policy issues and some matters that came before him on the court. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Carolyn Fath

Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Republicans want to borrow money to plug the transportation funding gap; Speaker Robin Vos wants to raise revenue. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser offers his five-step plan for breaking the impasse. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 7 Comments


David Michael Miller

This time it’s not even the Republicans against the Democrats. It’s the Republicans against the Republicans. Polarized politics are now threatening our lives. more

Jun 13, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave

The city purchased land in the High Point-Raymond neighborhood and constructed a multi-purpose path connecting the Jeffy Trail dead-end to the Ice Age Junction Path. Now the city is intent on destroying that public space over neighborhood opposition. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Citizen Dave, whose day job is executive director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed, makes a shameless plug for the group’s April 20 conference on self-driving cars. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave


Joe Tarr

Although a lot of people travel to and from Madison on intercity buses, there still isn’t a decent place to wait for them. The numerous private companies who serve the city continue to drop off and pick up on a public sidewalk. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Now that automated vehicles have broken through to Super Bowl advertising, it’s only a matter of time before they start appearing on our streets. The city might want to get ahead of the curve here. more

Feb 14, 2017 2:59 PM Citizen Dave


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin roads need help. So do our schools. But neither looks like it will get much help in the upcoming state budget. more

Jan 24, 2017 9:32 AM Citizen Dave


Paul Hoppe

Thanks to Union Cab, Madison has a 24-hour taxi service for people with disabilities. But after a loss of federal funding and competition from companies like Uber, the company may not be able to maintain the service for much longer. more

Jan 19, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Dustin Dilks, the pedestrian killed on the Beltline last month, was in an Uber shortly before being struck by a vehicle. His family says the driver should have called the police. more

Dec 9, 2016 2:24 PM News 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

The governor is proposing funding increases for local road aids and for repair and maintenance of state highways. That means more repairs and improvements to local roads and rural highways — good news for local drivers and cyclists. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

For decades, ridership on Madison Metro has been steadily growing. But over the past 12 months, ridership is down 8%. Is the drop a temporary blip or the start of a troubling trend? more

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Are bicyclists “entitled” to ride anywhere they choose? Hell yes! more

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 8 Comments


David Michael Miller

To the consternation of many, Madison has been without a bus station since 2009. While there are no current proposals to build one, some ideas are percolating. more

Nov 5, 2015 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

The advent of autonomous vehicles is a good reason to delay costly parking projects. That goes for Judge Doyle Square and the state’s redevelopment of the Hill Farms office building. more

Oct 20, 2015 12:29 PM Citizen Dave

A recent 5 mph bump in the speed limit along 800 miles of state highways appears to have decreased revenue from tickets issued by the Wisconsin State Patrol. more

Sep 10, 2015 7:00 AM News

The cars of the future promise to do some pretty amazing things, like warn drivers of hazards, detect traffic jams and find empty parking spaces. But before that happens, traffic engineers must prepare the streets and roads. more

May 29, 2015 7:45 AM News


Tommy Washbush

In the April 23 cover story, Nathan J. Comp explores how booming ridership is creating a host of problems and inconveniences for those who ride the bus. Comp spoke to WORT-FM producer Dylan Brogan about the story. more

Apr 28, 2015 10:32 AM News


Tommy Washbush

Madison Metro hit a record 15 million passengers in 2014. But booming ridership also means exasperated customers, as the cash-strapped bus system struggles to run efficiently. more

Apr 24, 2015 8:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories