Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Electric Vehicles’ Slow Merge Into the Fast Lane

Charger for Chevy Volt. Image credit: Flickr

Zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) are a key plan to improve air quality in many parts of the country. ZEVs, electric cars specifically, are seen as an alternative to the gasoline and diesel vehicles common today. A major impediment to further adoption is the lack of public infrastructure to allow ZEV drivers to charge their vehicles. Gas stations are ubiquitous in the United States, which makes it harder for many people to skew away from using gas-powered vehicles. In California, this theory is being used to explain why adoption of ZEVs is not hitting the marks government officials expected.

For more information about this discussion, read the article at Governing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

To Reduce Traffic, Build Homes Closer to Daily Destinations

Traffic Congestion in Denver. Image credit: Flickr
William Fulton, Governing Columnist, contends that investment in well-located housing is a low-cost way to curb automobile vehicle miles traveled (VMT). If residents live in close proximity to the places they need to go each day, they will drive less, reducing the need for costly road expansion. Housing development near denser urban or suburban job centers can make shifting away from the personal automobile more appealing, but those who continue to drive will have fewer miles between them and their daily destinations. A study in the San Francisco Bay Area demonstrated that people in Berkeley and Oakland drive half as far as people in the outer suburbs because the places they need to go are closer together, not because they used transit more. 

Read more from Governing.

Headache alert: Prospect/College project to begin

College Avenue and Prospect Road Intersection   Image Credit: GoogleMaps
Reconstruction work on the College Avenue and Prospect Road intersection began today (Monday), and is scheduled to take about five months. Prospect Road is closed between College Avenue and Remington Street in both directions until March 17. Westbound Prospect Road between College Avenue and Remington Street will remain closed until April 16. Detour routes include College Avenue, Drake Road, Mulberry Street, and Lemay Avenue. From March 19 to April 16, westbound Prospect Road between College Avenue and the BNSF railroad tracks near the Mason Corridor Transitway will be closed.

Closures include the following:
  • February 13 – Prospect Road closed between College Avenue and Remington Street, including the intersection at Remington
  • March 17 – Eastbound portion of the street scheduled to reopen
  • April 16 – Westbound portion scheduled to reopen
  • March 19 to April 16 – Westbound Prospect Road closed between College Avenue and the BNSF Railway tracks

The intersection reconstruction project includes:
  • Dual left-turn lanes from both directions of Prospect Road to College Avenue
  • Extended right-turn lanes on the eastbound, westbound and southbound legs of the intersection
  • Sidewalk and crossing improvements, including pedestrian refuge islands and landscaped medians
  • Upgraded traffic signals and control systems
  • Replacing a 15-inch stormwater line with a 36-inch pipe

South Shields Street will also be closed February 25 to March 19 between West Elizabeth Street and West Propsect Road to construct a pedestrian/bicycle underpass. Detour routes include Prospect Road, Taft Hill Road, West Mulberry Street, and South College Avenue.

For more information, read the article in the Coloradoan.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Take GET's North Front Range Regional Route Study Survey

Demonstrative map of potential Greeley-Windsor-Fort Collins bus. Image credit: Greeley-Evans Transit

Greeley-Evans Transit, the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Transfort, the Town of Windsor, the North Front Range MPO, Aims Community College, and the Front Range Community College are undertaking the North Front Range Regional Route Study. The survey at the link below will provide input for a study of a potential route between Greeley/Evans/Garden City, Windsor, and Fort Collins. Questions include current travel habits, what impacts your commuting habits, and demographic information.

To take the survey, please visit this SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GETRegionalRouteStudy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

As Gas-Tax Profits Decline, More States May Turn to Tolls

I-25 toll road. Image credit: Google Maps

As has been posted multiple times in this blog, transportation funding across the country is diverse and elusive. More states are considering tolls along interstates due to increased fuel efficiency, additional vehicle miles traveled, and decreased federal funding. States like Indiana are also considering the number of out-of-state trucks and drivers who do not fill up for gas, but may use Hoosier roads. Federal law, however, does not allow the tolling of existing interstate facilities without a waiver from the federal government, for which Indiana may apply. Interesting to note, the miles of managed lanes with tolls on them has quadrupled since 2010 within the United States.

For more information, read the article from Governing.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UCHealth to Team with Uber in Pilot Partnership

Image credit: Flickr
In a Wednesday morning announcement at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) in Loveland, UCHealth stated it will partner with ride-share company Uber in a pilot program for patient transportation. The partnership will provide patients “heavily discounted” rides to the hospital or doctor’s appointments. Manny Rodriguez, UCHealth’s Chief Marketting and Experience Officer stated, “Twenty to thirty percent of patients cancel an appointment because they can’t get there." For patients without access to a vehicle or without the ability to operate a vehicle, the new program will offer another option. Many details are still in the works such as the geographic extent of the services and whether rides will be wheelchair or handicap accessible.

Read more from the Coloradoan.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Northern Colorado counties continue to grow at steady pace

Improved transportation to accommodate growth. Image credit: Flickr

New demographic estimates are out from the Colorado State Demographer's Office. Weld County is expected to grow to over 500,000 residents within the next 13 to 18 years, while Larimer County is expected to hit 500,000 in 2043 or 2044. This growth in Northern Colorado is expected to keep Larimer and Weld County as two of the fastest growing counties in Colorado. Between 2010 and 2015, Larimer County added more than 25,000 job. Information about housing costs was also discussed.

For more information, read the article on the Coloradoan.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

22 State Transportation Funding Bills Proposed since January 1st

Image Credit: TIAC
In the first month of 2017, nine states have proposed a total of 22 transportation funding bills, according to the Transportation Investment Center’s (TIAC) first monthly report of the year. Eleven of the bills include an increase to state gas tax to generate additional revenue. Read the full report from TIAC or follow their live map that tracks state legislative and ballot developments as they happen.

To read TIAC's original article, click here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bustang to pilot service to ski resorts in February

Bustang logo. Image credit: CDOT

The Bustang service, which currently runs three routes out of Denver Union Station, plans to pilot a service to mountain resorts on two weekends in February. The trips will leave Denver for A-Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckinridge, Keystone, Vail, and Winter Park on February 11 and February 25. Additional service is available from the Front Range Ski Bus to Copper Mountain and Loveland Ski Area.

Information about the schedule and fares are available at www.ridebustang.com/snowstang2017.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Loveland City Council to consider funding for traffic improvements

US287 southbound couplet. Image credit: Google Maps

Neighborhood improvements are coming to a section of US 287 in Loveland. If Loveland City Council approves the funding, the southbound couplet north of US 34 would see existing west side barrier wall extended by 160 feet to the south and new ironwood barriers installed across five residential properties. The process has been in-depth, involving the City of Loveland, CDOT, and neighborhood residents and businesses. Previous improvements have been made to this section of road, but safety concerns are still commonplace for residents. The project is expected to cost about $150,000, which the Loveland City Council will vote on Tuesday, January 24.

For more information, read the article on the Loveland Reporter Herald.