April 19, 2023 — Madera City Council
Documented by Josef Sibala
What happened: At its Wednesday meeting, the Madera City Council approved a revised transit plan for the city’s fixed-route Madera Metro bus system, which will change the names of bus lines from numbers to colors, add a fourth route and add connection points for Southeast Madera residents.
In April 2022, the council approved a $100,000 agreement with consultant WSP USA, Inc. to develop the transit plan, which they anticipate will be implemented in July.
The route revisions include an additional transfer point at the Madera County complex at Tozer Avenue and Avenue 14, connections for southeast Madera residents to access Madera Community College and the Rancho San Miguel Shopping Center and the addition of the Blue Line to the relocated Amtrak Station on Avenue 12.
“It’s nice to see these routes more equitably distributed,” said Mayor Pro Tem Elsa Mejia.
In total, 49 stops will be removed, while 60 stops will be added for a total increase of 18 stops.
WSP Senior Transportation Planner Erik Bird presented the revised transportation plan and said they will be doing outreach to educate the community on the changes before they are put into place in July.
A member of the public asked for all outreach and signage to be provided in multiple languages.
Up next: The Madera City Council will meet again on May 3 at 6 p.m.