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Workshop highlights future transportation issues in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Recent projections show there will be about 1.2 million people in the Madison Metropolitan area by the year 2050. With the increased population many city officials are already making plans to accommodate their transportation needs.

On Thursday night, city employees held first public workshop for the Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan. The idea of the project is to shape the future of driving, biking and walking around the growing Madison metropolitan area.

Organizers of the event used four large maps to highlight the four main modes of transportation used in the city of Madison. They include bikes, motor vehicles, city buses and walking. Members of the public were invited to take stickers and place them over troubled spots on each map to highlight problems they have seen. City officials also plan to create an interactive map online so that members of the public can login and voice their concerns about problem areas in the city of Madison.

"There is growth coming. We've seen in Madison about 60,000 per decade coming. We expect that to continue," Consultant Project Manager Paul Moore says. "We want to be as intentional as we can about how that growth happens, where it happens and making sure we're preparing for transportation options to let people get to and from those jobs, and to and from the homes that are going to serve them.

The project manager says the input process will continue through 2014. They expect to hold another public workshop in March and a week long workshop in the Spring.

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