US 287 Corridor Project September 2021 Update: BRT Feasibility Study

The US 287 Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study is coming to its conclusion with the modeling results and Stations Area Toolkit completed.

The Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) identified the US 287 corridor as a candidate to implement Bus Rapid Transit and found that US 287 had the highest projected ridership.

The Stakeholder Working Group, consisting of technical staff from municipal and agency partners, met Sept. 14. A public meeting will be scheduled this fall for the public to provide input.

Input provided from the meeting, as well as from elected officials, will be put into a report, which will then be provided to the community.

Boulder County is working to build a coalition between Broomfield and Fort Collins and working with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to accept federal funding to begin working on the next phase of planning the corridor: Vision Zero Safety and Multimodal Mobility.

For questions, contact Jeff Butts, Multimodal Transportation Planner at jbutts@bouldercounty.org.

CO 119 Corridor Project September 2021 Update: Bikeway Project, 28th Street Improvements, Coffman Street

CO 119 Corridor Project

Boulder County released its video about the CO 119 corridor project!

Conceptual View of the SH 119 Bikeway

CO 119 Bikeway Project

Boulder County recently held a virtual public meeting to discuss the conceptual design for the CO 119 Bikeway.

The CO 119 Bikeway will run between Boulder and Longmont and optimize regional mobility by providing multimodal bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

The bikeway will provide a year-round safe, direct, accessible and comfortable bike facility with seamless connections to transit, neighborhoods, businesses and local walking and bicycling paths.

The vision for the bikeway was first conceived in the Northwest Area Mobility Study and later studied in the 2019 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL).

A recording of the meeting is available on Boulder County’s website.

A survey for public input is available both in English and Spanish on Boulder County’s website and will be available through Sept. 27.

For more information on the project, visit Boulder County’s webpage.

28th Street Improvements28th Street Bus Access Transit Rendering

Boulder city staff held two project information meetings in August to discuss the 28th Street Improvement Project.

28th Street is a state highway and a gateway to Boulder for employees, visitors, students and residents.

Corridor planning began in the early 2000s with a cutting-edge Complete Streets design, which has since evolved to sync with other regional projects and the community’s future transportation needs.

Improvements from Iris to Canyon will begin in 2022.

A recording from the meeting can be found on the City of Boulder’s project website.

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study Logo

CO 119 First and Final Mile Study

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study will be released to the public within the next month!

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study will provide phased recommendations for safe and comfortable multimodal connections to existing and future transit stops/stations, as well as to a more direct bikeway along CO 119.

These recommendations will consider how the stations areas vary across the corridor—by land use, transit user and trip types and the surrounding street network. Recommendations will include:

  • Low-stress bicycle and pedestrian connections
  • Way-finding signage
  • Shared parking (Gunbarrel station only)
  • Microtransit (Gunbarrel station only)
  • Transportation Demand Management
  • New programs

A consultant team, led by Fehr & Peers, conducted a planning study to create corridor-wide recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian connections, shared parking and microtransit.

Spine Road Improvements

Implementing the First and Final Mile Study

The City of Boulder’s Vision Zero Innovation Program installed low-cost, quick-build treatments at two existing pedestrian crossings on Spine Road east and west of Chaparral, as recommended in the CO 119 First and Final Mile Study.

The treatments include both curb extensions and median islands created from paint and posts. The intent of these installations is to reduce vehicle speeds and increase pedestrian crossing comfort.

Coffman Street Busway Project

The City of Longmont is hosting a public meeting for the Coffman Street Busway Project in Downtown Longmont on Sept. 27.

The Coffman Street Busway Project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, multimodal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians.

The project will include protected bike lanes, transit for less congestion, convenient commutes and the environment, parking for local businesses and sidewalks and trees for a walkable and vibrant community.

The open house will feature post stations where attendees can learn about the project and the new community vision for Coffman Street including transit and bike lanes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit feedback on corridor characteristics as well as discuss the CO 119 project with staff from RTD and Boulder County.

The meeting will be at the St. Vrain, located at 635 3rd Avenue, from 4 to 6 p.m.

To learn more, visit the City of Longmont’s webpage.

CO Highway 119 Corridor Project August 2021 Update: Bikeway, 28th Street Improvements

28th Street Improvements Project

The City of Boulder will host two virtual meetings this month to provide updates on the project design objectives and intended benefits, integration with the CO 119 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and implementation timeline.

28th Street is a state highway and a gateway to Boulder for employees, visitors, students and residents. Corridor planning began in the early 2000s with a Complete Streets design which has since evolved to sync with other regional projects and the community’s current and future transportation needs.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is resurfacing portions of 28th Street/US 36 through September.

Once the 28th Street Improvements Project is completed, from iris to Canyon, 28th Street from Baseline Road to Iris Avenue will be transformed into a multimodal corridor with a consistent design that delivers transportation, safety, aesthetic and economic enhancements.

The City’s meetings will be held on Aug. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. and Aug. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. virtually. There will be an opportunity for those who attend to ask questions following the presentation.

For more information, and to register for the meetings, visit the City of Boulder’s project website.

CO 119 Bikeway Project

Boulder County will host a virtual meeting with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to provide a presentation on the CO 119 Bikeway Project on Aug. 30.

The CO 119 Bikeway Project is a planned off-street, multi-use paved path along CO 119 between Boulder and Longmont.

The CO 119 Bikeway will provide a year-round, safe, direct, accessible and comfortable bike facility with seamless connections to transit, neighborhoods, businesses and local walking and bicycling paths.

The vision for the bikeway was first created in the Northwest Area Mobility Study and later studied in the 2019 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL).

During the meeting, CDOT will provide an overview of other projects along the corridor and Boulder County’s Community Planning & Permitting Department will discuss the conceptual design of the bikeway and potential connections at the north and south ends of the projects. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the design concepts.

The meeting will be recorded for those who may not be able to attend.

For more information, and to register for the meeting, visit Boulder County’s project website.

Alternatives Analysis

Traffic modeling and work done through the Traffic Alternative Analysis Study is ongoing.

The Alternatives Analysis looks at proposed alternatives for the CO 119 Express Lanes and will select a preferred alternative to perform a future year traffic and toll revenue analysis.

In July, Colorado Department of Transportation received initial results from the transit slip lane and third general purpose lane modeling and discussed it with the CO 119 project teams. Traffic modeling for the three express lanes alternatives will be reviewed by the by mid-month.

The final report for the CO 119 Alternatives Analysis Study, including traffic and safety analysis recommendations, as well as life cycles for each alternative, is expected by mid-October.

US 287 Corridor Project July 2021 Update: Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study

The US 287 Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study continues to advance with the consultant team and governmental partners working to finalize the modeling inputs to best understand ridership and time savings potential.

The Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) identified the US 287 corridor as a candidate to implement Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and found that US 287 had the highest projected ridership.

As a result of the NAMS, US 287 was recommended to be prioritized for implementation.

Commuting Solutions is working on Coalition Building to include conversations for the entire travel shed between Fort Collins and Denver.

There is an additional public meeting anticipated within the next month or two before finalizing the study and moving onto Phase II.

For more information, visit Boulder County’s webpage.

CO 119 Corridor Project July 2021 Updates: Coffman Street Busway; CO 119 & Hover

Coffman Street Busway Project

The City of Longmont just finished block-by-block outreach efforts along the Coffman Street Busway corridor.

The Coffman Street Busway project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, a multimodal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians, commuters, the environment and the City.

Meetings were held with property and business owners from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue along the Coffman corridor, and helped the project team gain insight about elements of the busway, bikeway and pedestrian improvements.

Information gathered from input included critical improvements as well as insight about keeping the historic street character of the corridor intact through the design process.

After additional discussions with the external partners, the project team will have a preferred alternative set in the next month. An open house will be scheduled later this summer to help launch the preliminary design to the public.

To learn more, visit the City of Longmont’s website.

SH 119 & Hover

The City of Longmont, along with Commuting Solutions and regional partners, submitted a RAISE Grant.

The RAISE Grant is a U.S. Department of Transportation funded grant, formerly known as a BUILD Grant, which if funded will help improve mobility along the SH 119 corridor at the SH 119 and Hover Street intersection.

The intersection at SH 119 and Hover Street in Longmont accommodates more of the traveling public than any of the other intersections along the SH 119 corridor between Longmont and Boulder. This intersection has long been known for its precarious, hairpin-like turn movements, poor transit and pedestrian and bicycle access.

For more information, visit the Application Website.

CO 119 & SH 52 Project Funding to be discussed by the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

The CO Highway 119 and State Highway 52 intersection project, which was selected as one of Congressman Joe Neguse’s Fiscal Year 2022 Designated Project, will be discussed by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Mayors & Commissioners Coalition submitted a $5 million request which would complete the funding needed to reconstruct this important safety project in the CO 119 corridor.

Earlier this month, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio released an amendment in a substitute to the INVEST in America Act, a $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, which includes the Designated Projects.

The Committee included 1,473 Member Designated Projects at a total cost of $5.7 billion.

Northwest Mayors & Commissioners Coalition, Commuting Solutions, Partners Submit Funding Request for CO 119 Project

The Northwest Mayors and Commissioners Coalition along with Commuting Solutions and regional partners recently submitted a $2 million request for a Congressional Designated Spending Project for State Highway 119 to Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper.

The funding, if approved, would help complete two important First and Final Mile connections in Boulder and Niwot, pre-construction work for the commuter bikeway and gap funding to complete the remaining elements of the City of Longmont’s 1st and Main Street transit station improvements.

State Highway 42 Corridor Project: May 2021 Updates

SH 42 Project Kicks-Off for Louisville and Lafayette

The City of Louisville has started a design study for State Highway 42 located from Arapahoe Road to Empire Road.

State Highway 42 is one of the six arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors identified in the Northwest Area Mobility Study.

An online workshop began May 17 to begin collecting public feedback. The workshop will be hosted for two weeks, allowing for the community to ask questions and provide feedback regarding how they use the corridor, what they like and dislike about the corridor and their vision for the future of the corridor. To complete the survey, visit Engage Louisville online.

CO Highway 119 Corridor Project: May 2021 Updates

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study LogoCO 119 First and Final Mile Study

Earlier this month, Commuting Solutions completed the open comment period for the CO 119 First and Final Mile Study Draft Report.

The First and Final Mile Study discusses recommendations for SH 119 between Longmont and Boulder, and will consider how the stations vary across the corridor, bicycle and pedestrian connections, wayfinding signage, shared parking, microtransit and Transportation Demand Management strategies.

Conceptual Image of Coffman StreetCoffman Street Busway

The City of Longmont is moving forward on the Coffman Street Busway project with the technical evaluation of four alternatives.

The City of Longmont Coffman Street Busway project will transform Coffman Street into a multimodal street and be safe for all users. There will be wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, on-street parking, one travel lane running in both directions and a center-running bus lane.

The next step is to evaluate four alternatives against specific criteria based on the project’s Guiding Principles. The project team will aim to pare down the alternatives to one or two preferred options to share with the public this summer.

The result would determine one option to move forward with the final design in early 2022, and construction to be completed in 2023.

At the same time, the City of Longmont will be finalizing the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) and completing an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Longmont and RTD on the 1st and Main Transit Hub.

Once complete, this project can move onto assembling land for the eventual construction of the multi-story parking garage with a 12-bay bus station on the street level.

Visit the City of Longmont’s website for more information on the project.

28th Street Bus Rapid Transit Rendering28th Street Improvement Project

City of Boulder staff are modifying the 28th Street Improvements Project lane design to be a Bus Access Transit lane. In the early 2000s, a Bike-Business-Access Transit lane emerged as the preferred design option through public engagement. However, in keeping with recent best practices identified in the research, staff has decided to modify the design and remove the striping for bicyclists.

Once the 28th Street Improvements Project is completed, 28th Street from Baseline Road to Iris Avenue will be transformed into a multimodal corridor with a consistent design that delivers transportation, safety, aesthetic and economic enhancements.

Per the State of Colorado laws, bikes can legally still use the lane, but will not be actively encouraged to do so.

This design will provide a low-stress option and continuous facility along the corridor.

Visit the City of Boulder’s website for more information on the project.

Register for the June 8 CO 119 Membership Meeting!

June 8 SH 119 Membership Meeting LogoJune 8, 2021 | 9-10:30 a.m.
Virtual, Zoom

Register today to hear from leaders shaping the future of this important corridor between Boulder and Longmont.

Register today!

Project Approved for U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse Member Designated Projects

The State Highway 119 and State Highway 52 intersection was recently selected as one of Congressman Joe Neguse’s Fiscal Year 2022 Member Designated Project.

Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Mayors & Commissioners Coalition submitted a $5 million request which, if selected, would complete the funding needed to reconstruct this important safety and multimodal project in the SH 119 corridor.

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced earlier this month that the Committee will accept requests for Member Designated Projects to be included for inclusion in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation under a reformed process that includes new transparency measures.

Other projects include:

Learn more information about these projects online.