Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law on Friday, March 27 includes $25 billion for public transit agencies. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is providing transit agencies funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The funding gives critical relief for agencies providing transit service for essential workers and people conducting essential activities at a time when fare revenue and local sales tax are down and cleaning costs are higher.
The $25 billion will be apportioned using the FY20 funding formulas and can be applied to operating costs related to the pandemic accrued since January 20, 2020.
Learn more about the public transit funding in the CARES Act at Mass Transit Magazine.
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Larimer County's stay-at-home order is effective March 26 through April 17 and the statewide order is effective March 26 through April 11. The orders require residents to stay at home unless they need to conduct an essential activity or work at an essential business.
For more on the traffic impacts, read the Coloradoan article.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Read more from the Greeley Tribune
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Usually operating behind the scenes, the freight system in the U.S. has been deemed essential during the coronavirus epidemic. This has meant truck stops across the country are staying open but adapting to varying local restrictions. Delays in take-out or dining options may delay the delivery of important supplies and food. Some rest stops in Colorado have been closed for sanitary reasons, specifically near Pueblo without running water. State officials have been working with the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) to address issues and ensure vital freight can keep moving.
Read more in this post from the Denver Post.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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For updates on Statewide Traffic Safety and more information see CDOT’s News page.
Monday, March 23, 2020
There have been significant changes to the transportation system in Northern Colorado as a result of the Coronavirus/CoViD-19. This list will be periodically updated as more information is known.
- Transfort has gone fare free as a way to keep drivers safe and healthy. Routes are operating on a normal schedule, but people are advised to avoid riding unless absolutely necessary. Transit centers have been closed, but Customer Service Representatives are manning the phones. More information is available from the City of Fort Collins.
- Greeley Evans Transit will begin operating Call-n-Ride only service on Wednesday, March 25. A press release from the City of Greeley states hours will be extended, but no fixed route or Poudre Express trips will operate until further notice. Trips can be scheduled one day in advance and must be for essential purposes: medical, grocery, and work. More information is available from City of Greeley.
- COLT is operating on a normal basis, expect peak period trips not operating due to Thompson School District's break. More information is available from City of Loveland.
Bustang is operating normally on the North Line but has advised of increased cleaning efforts. Snowstang is suspended for the rest of the season.Bustang has suspended service through April 11 on all lines as of March 28. More information is available from Bustang.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Fort Collins is suspending fare collection on all Transfort-operated routes, including MAX, FLEX, and local routes. The fare collection suspension is indefinite, lasting through the COVID-19 outbreak. Although fares won't be collected, Transfort is asking only essential rides be taken. Riders should use the back door unless they are using a mobility device.
For more information, keep up-to-date with the Transfort website and read the article in the Coloradoan.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The NFRMPO office will be closed to the public, and staff will be working from home starting on March 19, 2020. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Larimer County Mobility Committee (LCMC), Senior Transportation Coalition/Mobility and Access Priority Group (STC/MAPG), and Planning Council meetings will be held virtually using Free Conference Call, phone numbers and website are included in meeting materials. If you have any questions, concerns, etc. please contact NFRMPO staff by email, available at nfrmpo.org/staff.
We will keep this post updated as more information becomes available. Information from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are providing updates on the virus, including ways to stay health and what to do in case you have symptoms.
“Focus on driving”: Drivers responsible for safety in both sunny and snowy weather, traffic safety officials say
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In 2019 there were 51 traffic fatalities in Weld County, at least 10 of which occurred during bad weather. A spokesperson from AAA Colorado states that although crash rates tend to increase during the winter months and during adverse weather conditions, these crashes are less likely to result in a fatality.
Though driving too fast for the conditions is a concern during the winter months, distracted driving was the number one cause of crashes in Greeley in 2019, emphasizing that drivers must consider how their actions effect themselves and others during all types of weather.
For the full story and a list of winter driving tips, read the full story on the Greeley Tribune.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
On April 7, Johnstown voters will decide on Issue 1A, a ballot issue for a 0.5% sales and use tax increase to fund street and sidewalk maintenance. The Town has identified $18M in maintenance needs that would be funded by the increase, with an expected annual revenue of $2.1M in the first year. The list of projects includes maintenance to two of the Regionally Significant Corridors within the North Front Range region: Colorado Blvd and Parish Ave.
If the ballot issue passes, the Street Maintenance Fee instituted in 2016 would be eliminated. For more information on the ballot issue, read the article in the Loveland Reporter-Herald.