Monday, July 16, 2018

Bustang Exceeds Ridership, Revenue Projections as it Hits 3-Year Anniversary


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Three years ago, CDOT started the Bustang program. Bustang is an intercity bus service owned and operated by the State, connecting North I-25, South I-25, and the I-70 communities to Denver. In those three years, service has increased on every line, ridership has increased by more than 300 percent, and fare revenue has exceeded expectations.

Ridership on the North Line, connecting Fort Collins and Loveland to Denver, has seen monthly ridership grow from nearly 3,000 people to more than 8,000. Ridership between Colorado Springs and Denver has nearly doubled and Glenwood Springs to Denver has nearly tripled. This ridership has led to an increase in service, including weekend service, Bustang to Broncos games, and the RamsRoute between CSU and Denver.

In addition to expansions in place for this year, Bustang has targeted Greeley, Steamboat Springs, and one or two locations on the Eastern Plains as additional routes depending on funding and availability of other resources.

For more information, read the press release from CDOT. To see fares, schedules, and other information about Bustang, visit the Ride Bustang website.

Friday, July 13, 2018

CDOT to Boost Safety Patrol Presence along I-25 North

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Beginning Monday, July 16, CDOT will add a second State Farm Safety Patrol vehicle to the 40-mile stretch of I-25 between Colorado State Highway 7 to Colorado State Highway 14. The expansion of the program is in response to the ever-increasing traffic along the corridor, according to I-25 Acting Corridor Manager Steven Gillespie.

State Farm Safety Patrol vehicles assist stranded motorists, help with traffic control and safety at incident scenes, and offer limited roadside assistance including providing fuel, changing flat tires, jump-starting vehicles, providing lockout assistance, and moving stranded vehicles out of harm's way.

Statewide, the State Farm Safety Patrol assisted more than 30,000 motorists in 2017. Read more from CDOT.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 27 Open House Set for I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins Project

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On Wednesday, join the I-25 project team at the Ranch in Loveland to learn about construction phasing and scheduling of the I-25 North Express Lanes project. The open house will include information on the I-25 general purpose and Express Lanes, as well as the interchange work at US 34, Prospect Road, and SH 402.

The open house will take place 5:30 to 7:30 pm on June 27 in the Larimer Conference Center at the Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle.

The I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project will begin construction later this summer. The first phase of the project is US 34 over I-25. Visit CDOT for more information on the open house and the project.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stay safe during the 'deadliest 100 days' on Colorado roads with these tips

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The summer months are often the most dangerous on the road, with higher incidences of distracted driving and impaired driving, and a higher number of drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling. The deadliest 100 days refers to the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In 2017, 259 people died in traffic crashes in the four month span from May through August, accounting for 41 percent of traffic fatalities that year.

Stay safe this summer by wearing your seat belt, staying alert at the wheel, and arranging for a ride if you're planning on drinking or are otherwise impaired.

Read more in the article by the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Five-Month Closure of US 34 Business Route to Begin Tuesday, June 19

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A segment of US 34 Business Route between Greeley and Kersey will be closed beginning Tuesday, June 19. Crews will be reconstructing the bridge over the South Platte River until November, only granting access to residents during that time. A detour will redirect motorists to US 85 via US 34. Construction will include repairs from damage caused in the 2013 flood, repaving the road surface, and some work outside the closed segment to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Learn more here or sign up for alerts from CDOT.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Overnight construction to close Crossroads Boulevard ramps at Interstate 25


Crossroads Boulevard on Google Maps
Construction alert - construction continues on I-25 at Crossroads Boulevard. The on- and off-ramps from Crossroads Boulevard to Interstate 25 will close from 9 p.m. June 12 to 5 a.m. on June 13 (southbound right lane) and 9 p.m. June 13 to 5 a.m. June 14 (southbound off-ram and southbound right lane). Northbound lanes close 9 p.m. June 14 to 5 a.m. on June 15.

More information about these closures are available at the CDOT website. An article is also available on the Coloradoan.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dockless Bike Share has Arrived in Fort Collins

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Fort Collins welcomed Colorado Bike Month in style with the opening of its new bike share system called Pace. Upon launching June 1, Pace doubled the number of bikes and stations in the Fort Collins system and introduced the "dockless" option. This means riders can end their ride at any public bike rack, rather than only at the branded stations. This is a major change from the City's previous system, Zagster. Operated through the Pace Bike Share smarthone app, the new system will allow patrons to pay with card or cash.

Learn more at https://ridepace.com/.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

US 34 Big Thompson Canyon Overnight Closures Set for June 4 and 11

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US34 was shut down overnight June 4th so crews could begin constructing one out of four access bridges coming this summer. US34 will be closed again on June 11th to begin the construction of a second bridge at Idlewild Lane. Closures will again be from 9 p.m. Monday night until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Through travelers will be asked to use the US36 detour during this brief closure. CDOT News web page.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CDOT offers new tool to avoid delays due to road work

Example of information produced by CDOT Tool. Credit: The Construction/Maintenance Report


State roads across the state are constantly under construction, and CDOT has been working to create tools to alert drivers how to avoid the associated delays. In April, CDOT launched a new tool called The Construction/Maintenance Report on COtrip.org. The tool allows people to search for major traffic impacts, including current and upcoming closures and restrictions.

COTrip.org is a travel-demand management tool produced by CDOT to alert people to construction, travel delays, and other roadway statuses across the state. The website is constantly updated and can be a fantastic tool for people to plan their trips on state highways.

Learn more about the tool by reading the press release from CDOT.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Public Meeting on US 34 PEL Study and Loveland US 34 Access Control Plan on May 30

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On Wednesday, May 30, you can get updates and provide input on the US 34 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study and Loveland US 34 Access Control Plan at a public meeting in Loveland. The public meeting will inform and gather input from the public on the study, access control plan, vision for the corridor, and potential alternatives.

The public meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Loveland at 4705 Clydesdale Parkway from 5-7 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 pm.

The US 34 PEL study focuses on the US 34 corridor from west of Loveland in Larimer County to the east of Greeley in Weld County. One outcome of the PEL study will be an implementation plan which addresses safety and mobility needs in the US 34 corridor and identifies immediate and long-term projects. The project team will be presenting roadway, intersection, and interchange alternatives that support the corridor vision.

The Loveland US 34 Access Control Plan will improve safety by managing the location and design of intersections and driveways (access points) along US 34 west of I-25. As development in northern Colorado increases travel demand, one of the best ways to keep highways safe and efficient is to limit access points to reduce potential vehicle conflicts. When access points are controlled with an Access Control Plan, traffic can move more efficiently and safely along a corridor.

Learn more about the US 34 PEL study at the project website.