I appreciate the satire of the monorail suggestion...as I did Susan Lampert Smith's April Fool's column with Hizzoner Mayor D on a Gondola (commuters actually use boats in Chicago on the river from the Metra Station to Michigan ave)....I'd suggest hydrofoils or other fast moving boats for the across Mendota/Monona commutes.
Since the streetcar routes seem less than logical, are fixed and the inherent development, ridership and continued maintenance costs (Check out Chicago
's CTA and Metra funding crises...and their ridership is HUGE!) far outstrip the average bus funding per ride,(can't wait for demand mode planning and hydrogen and electric buses!) perhaps we should take that money and invest just as cost effectively on a more flexible and personal transport system that would be funded by our government....personal Jet Packs!
Biofuel or hydrogen powered of course! With solar power panels to heat water for on board coffee/espresso machines for the commute. Sounds just as cost effective and it solves the fixed route problem. (in which half, it seems, of commuter traffic through the isthmus is not stopping downtown but using the downtown to get to the OTHER side of downtown for work nodes...hospitals, campus, research and job parks on our periphery...it would be nice to see a REAL survey of Madison based needas part of the streetcar study rather than continued rehashing of Portland...Madison is not the same equation)
Dang, Do you think I should have run on the Jet Pack ticket in the election?
But seriously, I did see some tax credits for bike commuters in the Tribune the other day...sounds reasonable and something we should try here.
Train, drive, boat, ride your bike and walk safely...and think Jet Packs!