Friday, October 15, 2021

CDOT extends public comment period for proposed transportation air pollution reduction planning standards

The public comment period on the proposed rule revisions targeting reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from implementation of transportation plans has been extended to November 18, 2021. The comment period was originally slated to close today (October 15). The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is developing the proposed rule revisions and plans to release a revised proposal early next week.

For more information on the extension of the public comment period, see the CDOT news update.

Friday, October 8, 2021

2021 NFRMPO Call for Projects Now Open


The NFRMPO holds periodic Calls for Projects to award federal funding to transportation projects in the region. Member communities have the opportunity to apply or funding from three federal programs: Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ), Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG), and Transportation Alternatives (TA). 

The 2021 Call for Project to award funding in Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025 opened on Friday, October 8 following the approval of the 2021 Call for Projects Guidebook by NFRMPO Planning Council on October 7, 2021. The Call will be open through Friday, December 10. 

Details on the Call, the 2021 Call for Projects Guidebook, and project applications are available at https://nfrmpo.org/tip/call-for-projects/.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Public Comment Opportunities

You're Invited!

How should transportation plans address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? The Colorado Transportation Commission (TC) is proposing a GHG rule for transportation plans and is holding a public rulemaking hearing in Fort Collins tomorrow, September 30, to gather public feedback. You can attend in-person or virtually.

Physical Location:
Christ United Methodist Church
301 East Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80525
View-only Virtual Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMavoc1YNcI&ab_channel=ColoradoDepartmentofTransportation
Date:
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time:
2-5 pm

After tomorrow’s hearing, the TC is holding three additional hybrid (in-person and virtual) rulemaking hearings in Glenwood Springs on 10/4, Firestone on 10/5, and Durango on 10/7. Attendance at each hearing is open to all, regardless of where you live. Visit https://www.codot.gov/business/rules/proposed-rules to learn how to attend upcoming hearings.

The TC's proposed rule focuses on the transportation planning conducted by CDOT and by the five metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in Colorado, including the NFRMPO. The rule would require CDOT and MPOs to adopt transportation plans that reduce GHG emissions by specified amounts. These plans would be assessed through modeling to determine the estimated future GHG emissions from the on-road transportation system, including planned transportation investments. If the GHG reduction levels are not met, the rule would restrict the types of projects eligible to receive certain funding sources, including some 10-year Plan funds available through CDOT and two federal funding sources available through MPOs: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds.

The NFRMPO is engaging in the TC’s rulemaking process for the GHG rule and is providing comments to support development of a data-driven, feasible, and effective rule. Information from the NFRMPO on the TC’s proposed rule, including recordings of presentations provided to the NFRMPO Planning Council, are available at https://nfrmpo.org/air-quality/ghg-rulemaking/.

The TC is scheduled to consider adoption of the proposed rule at their meeting on November 18, 2021. To learn more about the proposed rule, visit https://www.codot.gov/business/rules/proposed-rules. Written public comments can be submitted to the TC through October 15, 2021, by emailing DOT_Rules@state.co.us.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Kechter Road to close for 7 months



Kechter Road will close October 1 through May 2022 as part of the North I-25 Express Lanes Project. During the closure, CDOT will build a roundabout at Kechter Road and the West Frontage Road, sidewalks, and bike lanes in both direction, as well as raise I-25 and build culverts. The project is part of the project to add express lanes in each direction, raising the capacity of the highway. 

Read more about the project in the article from the Coloradoan.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NFRMPO Releases Coordinated Plan for Public Comment

Cover of the Coordinated Plan.

Residents of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) region are invited to share their thoughts and feedback on the draft Coordinated Public Transit/Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan) during a 30-day public comment period. This 30-day public comment period begins on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 and closes on Friday, October 22, 2021. 

The North Front Range region enjoys a diverse and growing community. The rapid and continued growth of the region requires that transportation investments keep up with development to maintain a vibrant economy.  These transportation investments must benefit older adults, individuals with disabilities, and low income individuals to guarantee better participation in society.

The Coordinated Plan is required for agencies receiving Federal Transit Administration (FTA) §5310 funds, and the NFRMPO completes the Coordinated Plan on behalf of Transfort, City of Loveland Transit (COLT), and Greeley Evans Transit (GET). The Coordinated Plan analyzes existing conditions and options, analyzes gaps in mobility, and strategizes improvements to address the identified gaps.

A copy of the plan is available at the NFRMPO offices at 419 Canyon Avenue, Suite 300, Fort Collins, CO 80521.  The full Coordinated Plan can be accessed on the NFRMPO website at https://nfrmpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-coordinated-plan-publiccomment.pdf. Anyone needing special accommodations to access the content of the plan should contact the NFRMPO at staff@nfrmpo.org.

All comments on the Coordinated Plan should be provided to Alex Gordon at agordon@nfrmpo.org by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Northern Colorado Regional Airport on track for new terminal by mid-2024

A rendering of the potential design for a new terminal at Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The airport intends to use about $19 million in federal funding to build the terminal by mid-2024.
Rendering of new terminal. Credit: VFLA

The Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland is planning to build a new terminal building by 2024 to accommodate and attract growth. Planning is progressing due to additional funds from the CARES Act, allowing the airport to plan to replace the existing "temporary" 17-year-old terminal. According to the current plan, the new terminal building would have 26,000 square feet, two ticket counters, baggage and security areas, departure lounges, concession stands, and airport offices.

 Read more in this article from the Coloradoan.

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.