Friday, August 18, 2017

CSU prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian safety through big investments

A view of the Shields Street Underpass from West
Elizabeth Street. Image credit: NFRMPO Staff
A long awaited bicycle and pedestrian underpass at the intersection of Shields Street and Elizabeth Street in Fort Collins will be fully open in time for the first day of CSU’s fall semester this coming Monday. The $10.8 million project opened late Wednesday and will now divert thousands of cyclists and pedestrians traveling to and from campus each day under an intersection that carries around 50,000 daily vehicles. According to City Engineer Joe Olsen, the project has been on the city's radar for years because West Elizabeth Street is the highest-volume bike corridor in the city.

This project is one of many the University has completed in partnership with the City of Fort Collins. Other projects include an underpass across Prospect Road along Centre Avenue, as well as signalized crossings at Laurel Street on the north end of campus and at the BNSF Railway on the east end. CSU has spent $25 million within city rights-of-way to improve access to campus.

Read more on this project and others from the Coloradoan.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CDOT Stopping Construction & Oversize Vehicles in Preparation for Eclipse Monday

Image Credit: CDOT
The eclipse on Monday, August 21 is expected to dramatically increase traffic as people head to and from the path of totality occurring in Wyoming and Nebraska. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been coordinating with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), the Wyoming Department of Transportation, first responders, and emergency management officials to prepare for the increased traffic.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the weekend, and likely even worse Monday afternoon as eclipse watchers return home.

To prepare for the increased traffic, CDOT is:
  • Stopping permits for all oversize/overweight vehicles from Thursday, Aug. 17, to Wednesday, Aug. 23, north of Colorado Highway 50.
  • Suspending construction on all projects from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning.
  • Increasing Courtesy Patrol along North I-25 from one unit to four.
  • Strategically staging with CSP and local emergency responders along the major corridors to respond to incidents on the roadways.
More information and eclipse travel tips are available on CDOT's website.

Speeding Plays an Even Bigger Role in Traffic Deaths Than We Thought, Say Feds


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A new report finds that speed is likely underestimated as a factor in fatal crashes, and encourages changes at a variety of levels to address speeding. A summary of the report by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was released in late July, and the full report will be available soon.

The report finds that higher speeds increase the likelihood of being involved in a crash as well as the severity of the crash. Additionally, speeding accounts for nearly the same number of crash fatalities as alcohol.


To improve safety, the report recommends major changes including a national anti-speeding campaign, deploying more speed cameras, and changing the rules for setting speed limits.

For more information, read the article in Governing or the NTSB Press Release.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FHWA reminds people to be safe during eclipse



The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reminding people to be safe for the upcoming solar eclipse. In the embedded video above, some safety tips include: don't watch while driving or on interstate or highway shoulders. Many people are expected to travel to see the eclipse - be careful!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Expanded Bustang Service From Fort Collins to Denver Begins Sunday

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Bustang will add two round trips between Fort Collins and Denver and Colorado Springs and Denver Saturdays and Sundays starting August 20, 2017. Additionally, starting August 21, Bustang will add another round trip service between Fort Collins and Denver, leaving Fort Collins at 7:15 a.m. and departing from Denver at 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Finally, RamsRoute will resume on August 25, 2017, which departs from CSU at 3:30pm on Fridays to arrive at Denver Union Station (DUS) and departs from DUS to CSU at 4:00pm on Sundays.


For more information, visit the Greeley Tribune

Monday, August 14, 2017

Crossroads Blvd Bridge on I-25 lane shift, Aug 16-17



Construction is moving along on the Crossroads Boulevard/I-25 project. Northbound traffic will shift onto the newly constructed bridge between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, August 16-17. To achieve this, some lanes and on- and off-ramps will be closed. CDOT may have to adjust lane closures, which will be communicated through the CDOT website and alert system.

For more information, please visit the CDOT website.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Smart City Partnership in Colorado Promises to Cut Congestion, Improve Roadway Safety

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A partnership between TransitScreen and Panasonic promises to use big data to deliver a “seamless experience” that provides Colorado residents and visitors with real-time information about transit and local events. Integrating the “internet of things” (IoT) into transit and transportation decision making aims to increase safety, reduce travel time, and improve the transportation user experience. This is part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s larger plan to create a “data ecosystem,” which seeks to enhance the operational efficiency of all of the state’s transportation systems. For more information, visit StateScoop.com to read Colin Wood’s article.

Friday, August 4, 2017

@GET_Transit to host Open House at new Regional Transportation Center, Sept 8 @ 4pm

Event flyer from GET.

Greeley Evans Transit, the transit provider in Greeley, Evans, and Garden City, will open the new Greeley Regional Transportation Center at a ribbon cutting on September 8th at 4:00pm. The Regional Transportation Center is located on the site of the GET headquarters, at 101 11th Avenue. An Open House will follow from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. The new transfer center replaces on-street stops in downtown Greeley and the temporary transfer center at the Rodarte Center. Amenities at the new transfer center will include a lobby, waiting area, and bathrooms.

More information is available through the GET Facebook event page.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Update: EPA no longer delaying ozone designations

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After news of the lawsuit being brought by 15 states, EPA chief Scott Pruitt rescinded his decision to delay implementation of the new national air quality standards. As mentioned in the NFRMPO blog post from yesterday, Chief Pruitt postponed by a year the Oct 1, 2017 deadline for meeting the 2015 ozone standards. This was to avoid "interfering with local decisions or impeding economic growth". Despite the EPA Chief removing the delay, the 15 states have promised to keep up pressure to improve air quality and enforce the Clean Air Act.

More information is available from the Associated Press.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Understanding Uncertainty in Forecasting and Decision Making

Map of the proposed Purple Line in Maryland. Image Credit: Governing.com
According to an article from Governing.com, well-intentioned legislation may provide loopholes that hinder the forward progress of transportation projects. For example, though the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) strives to support “an enjoyable harmony between man and his environment,” the law has been used as a tool to slow down or halt transportation projects, even if the projects do not pose a threat to the surrounding environment. In 2014, the FTA approved funding for a 16-mile light rail with 21 stations that would connect communities across two large suburban counties in Washington, D.C. In summer 2016 a NEPA lawsuit put the project on hold while the court required the FTA to provide more detailed ridership projections to the year 2040. The author posits that given the uncertainties of technological advancement, it is difficult to predict future transportation trends with perfect accuracy. Modeling and forecasting remain important tools for planners and decision-makers, however it is important to understand that without a crystal ball, decisions must be made in the context of some uncertainty. For more on this topic, look for Alan Ehrenhalt's article at Governing.com