Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Motorcyclists No Longer Need ExpressToll Pass to Use HOV Express Lanes for Free

Express Lanes Map     Image Credit: CDOT
As of Saturday, October 15, motorcyclists no longer need an ExpressToll pass or account to travel in HOV Express Lanes for free. HOV Express Lanes are available on portions of US 36 and I-25.

Motorcyclists still need to have an ExpressToll pass and account to avoid higher license plate toll charges on Express Lanes where HOV is not currently offered, including the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, Northwest Parkway, and E-470.

CDOT implemented the change to make motorcyclists' use of the Express Lanes easier.

For more information, view CDOT's Motorcycle and Express Lanes Fact sheet.

Friday, October 14, 2016

U.S. 34 closure to begin Monday

US 34 in Drake. Image credit: Google Maps

Starting Monday, October 17, US 34 will close between Drake and Cedar Cove. Closing the three-mile section will allow CDOT to work on a section damaged in the 2013 floods in a quicker time frame, rather than having a partial closure. The VanGo Vanpool service has been awarded permits to provide service through the construction. If VanGo Vanpool is not an option, CDOT suggests a detour through SH 66 to Lyons and US 36 to Estes Park. Residents will be allowed to commute through at specific times of day.

For more information about the blog post, read the article on the Coloradoan.

Fleets Recognized for Commitment to Emission & Energy Reductions

Walmart truck. Image credit: Flickr
Congratulations are in order for Walmart Transportation in Loveland and Tom Calabrese Trucking in Commerce City for their recognition at the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) annual convention. The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and the CMCA recognized the two agencies as Green Fleets. The Green Fleets implemented technologies and strategies certified by the US EPA SmartWay program. These new technologies and strategies lead to greater fuel efficiency and reduced diesel emissions.

To read the full press release, visit the CMCA website.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Visit the updated NFRMPO Website

Home page of nfrmpo.org
The NFRMPO website was recently updated to provide a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. The new website is compatible with mobile devices, loads more quickly, and includes new and updated content. Meeting materials for the Planning Council, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and all NFRMPO-staffed committees and coalitions are available on the meeting materials page. View upcoming events on the NFRMPO calendar, learn about the NFRMPO, and find publications in the document library. Information on transportation planning is organized by topic under the Transportation menu item. Visit nfrmpo.org to explore the updated website.

Stay connected with the NFRMPO on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Electric Vehicle Test Drive – Open to the Public

Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 pm at the Johnstown Community Center


Have you ever been curious to know what driving an electric car is like? Now is your chance!

The Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition is partnering with the NFRMPO to put on the Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Event this Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Johnstown Community Center (101 Charlotte Street, Johnstown, CO). The event is free and open to the public.

For more information please visit: http://www.northerncocleancities.org/index.html

SAINT hiring new Loveland Scheduler Position

SAINT logo. Image credit: SAINT

Senior Alternatives in Transportation, or SAINT as it is known, is in the process of hiring a new Loveland Scheduler. SAINT, a member organization of the Larimer County Mobility Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee, and the Senior Transportation Coalition, provides volunteer transportation to seniors and those with disabilities who cannot drive. According to SAINT, thh Loveland Scheduler will coordinate with about 60 volunteers to provide over 10,000 trips per year to 300 individual clients. Those interested in the position should contact SAINT at www.saintvolunteertransportation.org.

RAQC Mobile Sources & Fuels Subcommittee Meeting, 10/7

RAQC logo.

On Friday, October 7th from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, the Regional Air Quality Council will hold a Mobile Sources & Fuels Subcommittee meeting at their offices, 1445 Market Street, 4th Floor Boardroom, Denver, CO 80202. Topics to be discussed will include an overview of Colorado's Tax Credits for Alternative Fuels and an Overview of Mitigation Trust Fund Outreach and Timeline. CDPHE is also requesting public comment on the Volkswagen & Audi Mitigation Trust Fund. The agenda is available for download.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bustang to offer service to October Broncos games

Bustang bus at CDOT headquarters. Image credit: NFRMPO

CDOT will begin a pilot to connect the Front Range to Broncos games in October. for the two home games, CDOT will offer Bustang service leaving from Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. The roundtrip will cost $30, and will drop attendees off about 90 minutes before kickoff. The bus will leave Downtown Fort Collins at 10:35 AM, stop at both the Harmony Park-n-Ride and the Loveland/US 34 Park-n-Ride, and arrive at approximately 12:30 PM. The return trip will leave around 5:30 PM and arrive back at the Downtown Fort Collins Transit Center at 7:25 PM.

For more information about the service, visit the Bustang website.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bicycle & Pedestrian Count Programs Coming to a City Near You

Programs to count bicyclists and pedestrians are taking off across the country. Unlike vehicle counting devices which have been collecting data since the 1950's devices to count non-motorized users have been adopted only recently. This spring, the NFRMPO purchased two permanent counters which were placed in Larimer and Weld Counties. Additionally, three mobile counters were purchased for NFRMPO member communities to use. Communities and groups in the region have purchased their own devices as well including Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Colorado State University, and CDOT. The NFRMPO will be compiling the collected information for future plans and projects. For resources about bicycle and pedestrian counting, see the links below.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reception Honoring North I-25 Expansion Partners

On August 31st, a range of local and state officials came together to honor those involved in the expansion of I-25. The reception began with a welcome by the Larimer County Board of Commissioners, then followed with a presentation by Shailen Bhatt. Senator Bennet, Senator Garnder, Congressman Polis, and Congressman Ken Buck spoke as well. Larimer County Chair Donnelly wrapped up. Along with the TIGER grant recently won, the reception celebrated the collaboration of all eight Larimer County municipalities that came together in agreement to use revenue raised through the temporary increase in the County's road and bridge mill levy.

Overall, the I-25 Express Lanes project will include:
  • One express lane in each direction
  • Rehabilitation of pavement throughout the corridor
  • Additional ITS
  • New park-n-ride facility with slip ramps at Kendall Parkway
  • Replacement of the Cache la Poudre River Bridge.
For more information about the I-25 Express Lanes project, read more on the CDOT website.