Tuesday, December 17, 2019

EPA lowers northern Front Range's air quality to 'serious'

Image Credit: U.S. Department of Energy 2012
On Monday December, 16th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially downgraded the air quality rating in Denver, Weld, and seven other front range counties from "moderate" to "serious". Under the new classification the state will be required to revise it's plan to reduce ground-level ozone which contributes to respiratory issues and is the main component of smog.

Read the full article from the Greeley Tribune. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

@NADTCmobility grant in Larimer County provides more than 500 rides, with video

Throughout 2019, the NFRMPO partnered with a collection of non-profits, transportation providers, and Larimer County staff on a National Aging and Disability Transportation Center grant. The grant allowed Larimer County transportation providers to use Via Mobility Services' call center and RouteMatch software. Throughout the grant, providers gave more than 500 rides.

The NFRMPO would like to thank Via Mobility Services, the Larimer County Office on Aging, and the Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities for delivering great service on the grant. In addition, Heart&SOUL Paratransit, zTrip, RAFT, and SAINT all provided wonderful service to clients and are integral to the region's quality of life.

For more information about the NADTC grant, watch the below video. More information about the region's One Call/One Click Center project are available on the NFRMPO website.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Poudre Express bus route will connect growing communities starting January 2

A new 14-stop express bus service will begin January 2, 2020, connecting Greeley, Windsor, and Fort Collins. The bus will be supported by the three communities, CSU, and CDOT. These entities will support the $565,000 annual operating costs. The buses will be equipped with USB charging stations and WiFi. The project will connect CSU, UNC, I-25, and the fast-growing area in-between. More information about the bus is available at https://greeleyevanstransit.com/regional/.

Information in this article is from an article in the Greeley Tribune.

CDOT Injects $1.6 Billion Jolt Into Highways, Rural Roads and Transit

Image Credit: Hart Van Denburg/CPR News
Dozens of Colorado's roads, from jammed-up urban freeways to long-neglected rural highways, will get a much-needed shot in the arm soon. 

The Colorado Transportation Commission, which oversees the state Department of Transportation, voted Thursday morning to approve nearly $1.6 billion worth of projects. 

"The question is how, in a world of limited and insufficient resources, do we target our capacity projects to where it's going to make a difference?" [Executive Director Shoshana Lew] asked.

Garnering nearly 40 percent of the new money, [is] Interstate 25. The plan calls for hundreds of millions of dollars to go toward the "gap" project between Colorado Springs and Denver, an expansion south of Fort Collins, a rebuild in Pueblo, and a handful of other upgrades along the north-sough corridor.

For more information, read the full story on CPR News.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In the City: Community and city must work together to make our roads safer

Vulnerable road users include pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists
Many efforts are underway to improve roadway safety in Fort Collins, but more needs to be done to eliminate severe roadway crashes. In the first three quarters of 2019 there have been 208 injury crashes and six people have lost their lives within the city.

In an opinion piece in the Coloradoan, City of Fort Collins Traffic Engineer Joe Olson notes current efforts to improve safety include installing roundabouts and protected bike lanes, adjusting signal timing, targeted police enforcement, and safety education programs. City staff and the Poudre School District will also be undertaking a comprehensive review of transportation safety around all schools.

To improve safety, everyone traveling on the roads needs to be part of the solution. Severe or fatal crashes are more likely to include vulnerable road users (those walking, bicycling, or riding motorcycles), young drivers, alcohol and drugs, and/or excessive speed. Read more about current safety efforts on the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

CDOT shares results of Statewide Transportation Plan listening Tour

Your Transportation Plan Online Map Comments. Image Credit: CDOT
Road condition & safety, growth & congestion, and a lack of travel options are the most important transportation issues in Colorado according to a new report released by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The Midpoint Report summarizes five months of outreach conducted by the agency to inform Your Transportation Plan, the statewide transportation plan currently in development.

CDOT gathered input from tens of thousands of Coloradans across the state. The report summarizes feedback at the statewide and regional level and will be used to determine a 10-year "pipeline" of projects.

The draft plan will be released for public review in early 2020. More information on the planning effort is available at YourTansportationPlan.com.

To view the CDOT Press Release on the Midpoint Report, visit  https://www.codot.gov/news/2019/october/cdot-shares-results-of-statewide-transportation-plan-listening-tour.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Johnstown 402 Exit Reopens, Marking Progress for I-25 Construction

An artist rendering of the new Highway 402 interchange in Johnstown. The road has been closed since July.
Image Credit: CDOT
The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened the Highway 402 exit between Johnstown and Loveland on Friday, October 18th marking the first milestone in a years-long effort to upgrade Interstate 25 through Northern Colorado. The road has been closed since July.

The design, as seen in the photo above, is similar to what CDOT plans to build at several interchanges along a 20-mile stretch of the road between Berthoud and Fort Collins.

For the full story, read the article from KUNC.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Next Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission on Friday, 10/11 in Loveland

The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission will hold its next meeting at the Loveland Public Works Administration Building from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to the meeting at 2525 West First Street Loveland, CO 80537.

Meeting Details:
October 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Public Works Administration Building
2525 West First Street
Loveland, CO 80537

For more information about the Commission, visit their website.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Steve Harelson named CDOT Chief Engineer

Image credit: Hugh Carey, Summit Daily.
On Wednesday, CDOT announced Steve Harelson will serve as its new Chief Engineer, effective immediately. Harelson has worked for CDOT since 2002, serving as West Program Engineer in the Denver Metro Area since 2013. CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew praised Harelson, saying,“Steve’s range of work and experience with some of our most important infrastructure will be a great asset to CDOT and the travelling public. [...] Steve’s leadership will be instrumental as we continue to work to deliver a safe and reliable transportation system in Colorado.”

Read more from CDOT.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Save the Date! I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins 402 Grand Opening -- Oct. 18

CDOT is hosting the SH402 and I-25 Interchange Grand Opening Event after 120 days of construction. CDOT achieved this milestone on the I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project. With this critical piece of the project coming to a close, it is time to look to the future and announce the next big piece for I-25 North.

More information is available at codot.gov/projects/north-i-25/johnstown-to-fort-collins.