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.

Madison Commons Media Digest, January 19, 2020

Madison and Dane County

Zoo Director looks ahead after split with former fundraising partner, Judy Davidoff, Isthmus, Jan. 16. Madison public golf courses need investments of $34.7 million to $52.5 million, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 14. Community

Madison Diocese identifies ninth priest credibly accused of sexual abuse, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Jan.

Madison Commons Media Digest, January 12, 2020

Madison and Dane County

Novel financing approach may help city absorb town of Madison, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 12. Changes aimed at making city government more fair would cost $2.2 million, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Jan. 8; Implementing change would cost millions, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Jan. 8.

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.  

Madison Commons Media Digest, December 29, 2019

Madison and Dane County

11 Dane County Board members not running for re-election in 2020, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Dec. 28. School levies drive higher tax bills in many Dane County municipalities, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 28. Looking back at 2019, Mayer Satya Rhodes-Conway says Madison is 'shifting direction,' Abigail Becker, CT, Dec.

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.