[T]he state's decision to close, combine and relocate two DMV service centers to Madison's far west side has the potential of adversely affecting communities of color and the disabled, the very people who already struggle with the unconscionable voter ID law.
That's because the new combined site at 8417 Excelsior Drive is across the far-west Highway 12/14 beltline and is ill-served by public transportation. Not only does a bus ride from the predominantly nonwhite south side of Madison take more than an hour to get to the new site, the bus stop is a third of a mile away from the DMV, meaning a long walk that can be particularly troublesome for people with disabilities.
The two existing DMV sites at Hill Farms and Odana Road are on regular bus routes that are not only closer to minority neighborhoods, but are located across the street from bus stops. This also makes it less of a hassle to take drivers tests, obtain license plates and deal with other [Department of Transportation] paperwork.
By Dave Zweifel