The Bus Stops Here: For a Capped Commute Card

Starting in 2020, Metro's Commute Card for Business will be capped every month at the cost of the regular Unlimited Ride Pass. What is a Commute Card for Business and why is it capped? The Commute Card for Business

The Commute Card for Business is a special annual unlimited ride pass that is only available through area organizations and businesses. A generic Commute Card program started about fifteen years ago as a mutually beneficial way to support and increase bus ridership, worker benefits and/or lessen transportation costs and the demand for parking in land-locked areas. It involved such large educational and health organizations as the UW-Madison's Associated Students of Madison (ASM) and the UW Hospitals and Clinics a well as some businesses. 

The original organizations still have special pass programs, but the Commute Card for Business3 is now its own program.

January 2020 Backyard Heroes

Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues. This month's volunteers are ... Marty Dillenburg, Sierra Club John Muir Chapter Foundation

Marty started volunteering with the Sierra Club three years ago where he has collaborated with other volunteers on several projects, ranging from water protection to clean energy advocacy to state parks accessibility. Beyond his notable work of protecting the environment, Marty brings a positive attitude and lots of humor to our team.

New developments create uncertainty for future of Langdon Street

Each Madison neighborhood has its own distinct character, and recent changes occurring on Langdon Street have brought residents anticipation and apprehension that its reputation as a safe, historically rich neighborhood could be threatened.

A proposal for the construction of The Hub II, a seven-story apartment complex complete with a rooftop pool and underground parking, is one point of controversy for many residents of Langdon Street. The Hub II would be the third substantial housing project for developer Core Spaces, after the construction of Hub Madison in 2015 and The James in 2017.  

Wisconsin Warriors powerchair soccer team looks to shatter stereotypes, competition

The smell of rubber filled the Prairie Elementary gymnasium as Tyler Engel and the rest of the Wisconsin Warriors powerchair soccer team geared up for their upcoming mid-January tournament. They spin and slam into balls (and occasionally, each other) while running plays, practicing drills and naturally, talking a bit of trash. 

After one practice it’s clear the Warriors are a small but mighty team, but the word family may better describe the dynamic. Made up of players ranging from age six to 32, the Warriors are all bound by their love for the game — and one another. 

A One-Wheel Town

For most people, choosing an alternative way to get around Madison involves two wheels and a set of handlebars, but for many residents of the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood, one wheel will do just fine. At O’Keefe Middle School on almost any Sunday afternoon, you can find a gym filled with unicycling enthusiasts, from kindergarten all the way up to 65 years old, novice to expert. All are welcome to come and try out the sport, says Madison Unicycle Club youth development director Jill Cohan. “This is the epicenter for unicycling in North America right now,” Cohan said. “And it didn’t used to be.”

Madison High School Student Launches Eco-friendly Business in Bamboo

La Follette High School student Nabil Hamdan founded his own eco-friendly business while balancing hockey and attending science, technology, engineering and math courses at Madison College. 

“I came up with World of Bamboo because I noticed that everything in the economy is becoming more eco friendly so I decided to sell bamboo straws,” he said.

“How much is too much?” Binge drinking on game days prompts neighborhood concerns

Community members in the neighborhoods surrounding Camp Randall Stadium expressed concern to Madison city officials last month regarding the presence of beer gardens and binge drinking on Badger game days, as they said it disrupts their lives.  

Residents that live near Regent Street and Monroe Street often have to deal with the unpleasant effects of binge drinking on game days, including “people urinating in their lawns, vomiting in their alleyways, or even knocking over garbage cans,” said Alder Tag Evers, who represents the neighborhood on the Madison Common Council.