Wednesday, August 25, 2021

CDOT Awards Four Projects in the North Front Range with Revitalizing Main Streets Grants

Project rendering for the 16th Street Corridor Enhancement project in Greeley

 

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) awarded sixteen projects approximately $22 million in Revitalizing Main Streets Program Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants last week. Four of the sixteen selected projects are located in the North Front Range: 

  • Town of Berthoud - North Berthoud Parkway Trail Gap Closure
  • Colorado State University - Center Bikeway/Mountain Loop Trail Separation and Safety Enhancement
  • City of Fort Collins - LaPorte Avenue Improvements
  • City of Greeley - 16th Street Corridor Enhancement
The Revitalizing Main Streets Program was created as part of Colorado's COVID-19 Recovery Plan to help communities across the State implement transportation-related projects that improve safety and yield long-term benefits to community main streets. For details about each of the projects, including the rest of the projects statewide, see the press release from CDOT. For more details on the program including the Small Grants program which is available on a rolling basis, see the Revitalizing Main Streets page


Monday, July 12, 2021

E-scooter and E-bike program coming to Fort Collins at end of July

Person on scooter. Image credit: City of Fort Collins

At the end of July, Fort Collins and Colorado State University (CSU) will roll out a new fleet of electric bikes and scooters. Approximately 200 e-bikes and 500 e-scooters operated by Spin will be distributed to stations throughout Old Town and the CSU campus area, with 400 more expected near the start of the semester. This new permeant program comes about a year after the pilot program operated by Bird ended. In that pilot, only two dozen formal complains were made and no injuries were reported. When launched, the program will be available from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day, with 24-hour operations expected by the end of the year.

Find out more in this article from KUNC.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Construction continuing on I-25, CDOT offers glimpse on progress

New underpass for Mobility Hub. Image credit: NFRMPO staff


CDOT is about halfway through the North I-25 project between Fort Collins and Berthoud as it works to a 2024 completion deadline. The project has gradually grown in scope as more funding has been awarded to the project. In the next few months, SH56 will close, bridges at US34 and Prospect Road will open, and other various roadwork will take place. The project is adding an express toll lane in each direction as well as replacing multiple bridges along the corridor.

More information about the project is available on CDOT's website, and project highlights are available in this article from KUNC.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

@RideTransfort receives $3.52M for new electric buses (Congrats!)

MAX buses. Image credit: Fort Collins Flickr

To help achieve the city and State's climate goals, Transfort has a target of converting its fleet to low and no emission vehicles. Transfort applied for and received $3.52M in funds from the USDOT Low or No Emission Vehicle Grant program to purchase new electric buses. The buses are battery powered and do not rely on diesel or natural gas engines. Transfort is the only Colorado agency to receive the funds.

Read more about the grant in this article from the Coloradoan and find out what other communities/agencies received funding on the FTA website.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

North I-25 Express Lanes Project Reaches Halfway Point

 

Image credit: CDOT

If you have been wondering when the work on I-25 will finally be finished, wonder no more. CDOT's project director says construction between State Highway (SH) 402 and SH14 will be wrapped up by the end of 2023. Travelers may see some landscaping and other work towards the beginning of 2024, but no more lane shifts, closures, or orange barrels. Additional funding received after the project began allowed CDOT to add in several upgrades along the 18-mile project. Learn more about what is getting done this year and what is still to come from the Coloradoan.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Larimer County Adopts Policy Regarding E-Bikes on Soft-Surface Trails

Image credit: US Department of the Interior.

Beginning July 1, 2021, Larimer County will allow those with mobility issues to ride Class I and Class II electric-assist bikes (e-bikes) on soft surface trails that allow bicycles. This change follows results of a pilot program allowing e-bikes at Devil's Backbone Open Space as well as extensive public input. The policy will update a policy adopted in 2011 allowing mobility assistance devices on all Larimer County trails and open spaces. County rangers may enforce the new policy by asking e-bike users about a mobility disability; however, rangers may not ask for details on the specific condition.

Public opinion, greater accessibility for those with disabilities, and support for alternative modes of transportation all played major roles in the County's decision. Class I and II e-bikes are already allowed on Larimer County paved trails and open spaces. E-Bike regulations by trail surface type vary among other land managers in Larimer County such as Fort Collins, Loveland, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the US Forest Service.

Read more on Larimer County's decision from the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Electric-Assist (E-Bike) Classification - Under Colorado and Fort Collins law, e-bikes are defined as bicycles with two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and an electric motor.
  • Class I E-Bike - Provides electrical assistance only while the rider is pedaling, up to 20 mph
  • Class II E-Bike - Provides electrical assistance regardless if the rider is pedaling or not, up to 20 mph
  • Class III E-Bike - Provides electrical assistance while the rider is pedaling, up to 28 mph. Class 3 e-bikes must be equipped with a speedometer, and may not be ridden by people under 16 (unless as a passenger).  People under 18 must wear a helmet.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Bustang adding Weekday, Weekend & Holiday Service

Image Credit: WayToGo

Beginning May 23, Bustang is is adding service to its North, South, and West Lines. The additional service will bring Bustang close to its pre-pandemic service levels. Seating restrictions will also be lifted, but masks will still be required for passengers and drivers. 

The North Line currently makes stops in Fort Collins and Loveland, with four routes Monday-Friday. The service changes will add another two roundtrips Monday-Friday, as well as two roundtrips on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. 

Courtesy of CDOT, see full details of the additional service below:

· North Line between Fort Collins and Denver 

o   Four routes are currently operating Monday through Friday.                         

ADDING: Two roundtrips Monday through Friday, plus

two roundtrips on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 

·  South Line between Colorado Springs and Denver

o   Four routes are currently operating Monday through Friday

o   Two routes currently operating Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

ADDING: Two roundtrips Monday through Friday

·  West Line between Grand Junction and Denver/Glenwood Springs and Denver/Vail and Denver

o   Three routes currently operating Monday through Friday

ADDING: Three roundtrips (one for each West Line route) on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays


In addition, full capacity seating – 51 passengers - has returned to all Bustang coaches.  However, public safety measures will continue, including:

·     Face masks required for drivers and passengers

·     Additional personal protective equipment issued for drivers

·     Hand sanitizer wipes offered to passengers when boarding the bus

·     Coaches cleaned and disinfected upon completion of each route and after completion of each day’s routes, including all seats, safety belt buckles, head rests (front and back) and armrests

 

“The addition of these routes brings us very close to our pre-pandemic service levels,” said the Chief of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Mobility Kay Kelly. “To help ensure that we continue on this trajectory, we are continuing to follow federal law with respect to face masks, and are also asking passengers to please purchase tickets in advance, as much as possible, in order to minimize physical interactions with the drivers.”  

 

Please visit ridebustang.com for specific route, schedule and fare information.

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Bustang and Bustang Outrider help further CDOT's multi-modal mission, and fulfill a key responsibility to alleviate congestion and offer more travel choices for longer-distance commuters on the state's urban and rural corridors. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Construction season continuing in Fort Collins, Windsor, and on I-25

Traffic on I-25.

Construction season is kicking off throughout the region. Be aware of construction happening in the following areas:

  • Harmony Road between Shields Street and the BNSF railroad will be repaved today, and this project should last around 10 days. 
  • Larimer County Road 5 between SH392 and Oakmont Drive will be closed to allow widening of SH392 through June 7.
  • Starting 9 p.m. Sunday and through 5 a.m. May 23 there is a scheduled full closure of eastbound and westbound Larimer County Road 14 to install new bridge girders for the southbound Interstate 25 bridge over County Road 14 and reconstruct Larimer County Road 14 under I-25.
  • The I-25 Frontage Road between SH60 and Larimer County Road 14 will close permanently as part of the new widening of I-25.
  • Monday through June 3, there will be intermittent nightly single lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on County Road 16 to install deck panels over the road.
These projects are explained in more detail in this article from the Coloradoan.

Friday, May 14, 2021

CDOT building mobility hub using stimulus funds

Rendering of new Berthoud mobility hub

Federal funds from Congress' second stimulus package will be used to build the $6 million mobility hub in Berthoud. The bus stop will be located in the middle of I-25, similar to the mobility hub being built at Kendall Parkway, north of US34. A park-n-ride will be built with special tunnels dug underneath I-25 to connect to the bus stop. The bus stops can serve Bustang and other regional transit. The location is close to a large new development, which could eventually house 8,000 people.

Read more in this interview and article from KUNC.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

CDOT looking for input on US 34 and WCR 17 intersection improvement designs

Image Credit: CDOT
Do you use the intersection of US 34 and WCR 17? If so, CDOT wants to hear from you. The intersection has been identified as a high crash location along US34, and designers are looking at ways to improve safety and mobility. Three alternatives have been developed, which are described in a short video available at https://www.codot.gov/projects/us34-cr17-intersection. There is also a brief survey in English and Spanish, available at the same link, for the public to provide their input.

As noted in the CDOT press release, no funding is currently identified for project implementation, so it is unknown when construction could begin. However, due to the importance of the intersection, CDOT is preparing the design so the project can advance quickly once funding is identified.