First, thanks to our local leaders for their efforts to get high-speed rail to come to Madison. It is long overdue. Now let’s make sure the train stops at the right location so it can be an overwhelming success.
The “Yahara Station” proposal for a stop at First Street and East Washington Avenue is exactly what Madison needs. This is where the population density is, not at the airport. The airport should be the second stop in Madison so that we can coordinate all the transportation needs for people traveling to and from the Madison area.
It makes no sense to make the airport the only stop — we will pay the price in reduced ridership. For the train to truly be successful, we need both stops.
However, in the event we can only have one, it needs to be where the population and transportation connections are. And that means the Yahara Station.
The Yahara Station can take a blighted corner of the East Washington corridor to the Capitol and make it a jewel. Thanks for this successful effort — now let’s get it right!
— Brian Grandt, Madison