Monday, July 27, 2020

@FlyNoCO updating master plan, holding Open House on August 6

Cover of the NoCo Airport Master Plan

The Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL) is updating its master plan, last updated in 2007. The draft master plan has $173.5M in short-and long-term projects over a 20-year time span. Some project ideas like runway expansion and a new terminal are based on the additional CARES Act funding the airport received earlier this year to balance the budget. A virtual open house on the airport's master plan will be from 5-6 p.m. Aug. 6. Read more about the plan in this article from the Coloradoan.

The master plan is available to download at http://www.flynoco.com/mpu/. Questions and comments may be submitted prior to the meeting on the project website or via email to airportmasterplan@cityofloveland.org. Questions should be submitted by Aug. 5.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Permanent closure of frontage road near Berthoud scheduled for July 27

Image credit: CDOT
On July 27, the eastern frontage road along I-25, between Weld County Road (WCR) 44 and Valley Road will close permanently to make way for additional travel lanes as part of the North I-25 expansion project. The Berthoud Park-n-Ride will also be relocated temporarily before being moved to its final site. Read more from CDOT.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New MAX routes to be under study in north, west Fort Collins

MAX bus promo image. Image credit: Transfort

The MAX line runs down the Mason Corridor for approximately five miles. Transfort has received two grants to potentially expand the MAX system on West Elizabeth Street and further north along US287. The West Elizabeth MAX would connect the CSU main campus to Overland Trail and would evolve a corridor with four existing bus routes. The North College Ave grant would design TOD along the route to SH1.

For more information about the MAX grants and projects, read the article on the Coloradoan.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Moving Forward Act amendment acknowledges quiet zones

Train cars on Mason St in Fort Collins

Quiet zones, railroad crossings, and loud trains has been a contentious issue along the US287 corridor. As part of the Moving Forward Act proposed in Congress (via an amendment added by the region's Representative, Joe Neguse), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would be required to report any research on "supplementary" and "alternative" safety measures to Congress. In addition, the FRA would be required to report on alternative safety measures that communities have submitted through the agency's process for establishing railroad quiet zones and why these requests were not granted.

Read more about the proposed legislation by reading the article in the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ozone season means @ozoneaware Mow Down Pollution!

Mow Down Pollution logo from the RAQC

June 1st kicks off the ozone season here in Northern Colorado. The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) works with various partner agencies to address ozone issues in the Denver-North Front Range region. One of those programs is the Mow Down Pollution program.

In partnership with The Home Depot, the Mow Down Pollution program is offering a limited number of $150 vouchers for new electric mowers to area residents who recycle their gas-powered mowers. Participants use an online application system and vouchers are redeemable at one of eight participating Home Depots in the area. While in the past vouchers have been offered for other lawn and garden equipment, the program this year will be limited to lawn mowers.

Find full program details at MowDownPollution.org.

Monday, June 29, 2020

CDOT Resumes Bustang and Outrider Service



Bustang and Bustang Outrider are back in service according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). CDOT recommends purchasing the tickets in advance to reduce interactions between the driver and passengers. Additionally, CDOT will block off seats to increase social distancing, require and provide masks, and provide hand-sanitizer.

Bustang will provide weekday service, while Outrider Service will run most days.

Visit ridebustang.com for tmore information about Bustang.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Share your thoughts on the 2045 Statewide Transportation Plan

Image credit: Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
The 2045 Statewide Transportation Plan is available for public review and comment through July 30, 2020. The Plan was released along with the Statewide Transit Plan and the Regional Transportation Plans. Please also note that the Corridor Profiles Appendix, which includes all of the projects identified through the planning process is now available as part of the public review. 

Let others know!

Public participation was crucial while we were developing the plan and is just as vital now during the public review and comment period. We would appreciate your help encouraging your colleagues, neighbors, friends, family, and other interested parties to review and comment on the Statewide Transportation Plan so that it reflects the priorities and needs of Colorado's traveling public. 
The link to the Plan is: ytp.codot.gov

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I-25 East Frontage Road (Prospect Rd. to Mulberry St.) to Close Permanently

Image Credit: CDOT
On Monday, July 6th, the I-25 Frontage road between Prospect Road and Mulberry Street will close permanently. This closure will allow for the expansion and additional lanes on I-25 North. Business access will still be available off Mulberry Street but there will no longer be through traffic. This closure is part of the larger I-25 North Project that will add express lanes in each direction along the Front Range as well as improve safety and efficiency along the corridor.

For more information on the I-25 North Project, including information on temporary and closures, visit the project webpage. For questions about the I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins Project you can call the Project Hotline at 720-593-1996 or sign up for emails at northi25expresslanes@gmail.com.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Bikes formally banned from two iconic I-70 tunnels


If you had plans to bike or walk through the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70, change those plans. The Colorado Transportation Commission (TC) unanimously passed a resolution last Thursday to ban biking or walking through the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial tunnel and Hanging Lake tunnel. This resolution formalizes a rule that was already in place. The resolution was requested by the State Attorney General in response to a proposed bicycle event that would have required a two-hour closure of the tunnel, citing safety, secondary crashes, impacts to the trucking industry, delays to the traveling public, setting precedent for future requests, and other issues. Bikes are generally banned from interstates in Colorado unless no other alternative route exists. Read more from Colorado Public Radio.

Bill May Help Broadband, Public Transit in ‘Moving Forward’

The bill could fund more transit, like the MAX in Fort Collins. Image credit
The federal House of Representatives has introduced a bill to transition away from fossil fuels and develop broadband infrastructure in rural America. The Moving Forward Act features $19B for rail expansion and $100B to bringing affordable high-speed broadband across the country. Other possible investments include highways, ports, transit, schools, and housing, as well as tax incentives to shift the country toward renewable energy.

Learn more about the Moving Forward Act from this article in Governing.