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

The State 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 SH 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 SH 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.

State Highway 119 Corridor Project: May 2021 Updates

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study LogoSH 119 First and Final Mile Study

Earlier this month, Commuting Solutions completed the open comment period for the SH 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 SH 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.

A Message from the Executive Director: May 2021

Earlier this month a new legislative bill was introduced which would be a big benefit to transportation in Colorado!

Senate Bill 21-260 will provide $5.268 billion in transportation funding to fix roads and bridges, improve transit options, meet the state’s climate goals and future proof the state’s transportation system. Commuting Solutions took a position of support for this transformative bill.

The transportation funding bill will save Coloradans money and time spent on the roads, it will create a transportation system that supports the economy and it will establish a sustainable funding source for the transportation system.

The transportation funding bill will save Coloradans money and time spent on the roads, it will create a transportation system that supports the economy and it will establish a sustainable funding source for the transportation system.

Another bill that was recently introduced is Senate Bill 21-238, if approved, would create a Front Range Passenger Rail District. Commuting Solutions voiced approval for this bill, which would create a district for planning, designing, developing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining a passenger rail system, specify the territory, governing structure, powers and duties of the district.

I want to thank Colorado legislatures for working hard to create such great bills that will bring so many positives to transportation. We look forward to the partnerships across a local, regional and state level.

Cheers,

Audrey DeBarros, Commuting Solution Executive Director

RTD Staff Presents Options to Advance Northwest Rail Planning

On April 6, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors discussed the Northwest Rail during a study session.

According to a Colorado Public Radio story, the board gave initial support for new environmental engineering work which could take 18 to 24 months and cost between $5 million to $8 million.

The board could give a formal approval this summer.

The new planning work will look at building a stripped-down service plan, which could include three trains to Denver in the morning, and three trains to Boulder and Longmont in the evening. RTD will pay for the work with the savings account the board created for future FasTrack projects, which will need formal approval from the directors.

The planning work will include construction and operating costs, and potentially a timeline for opening.

A Message from the Executive Director: April 2021

Earlier this month, Commuting Solutions along with local partner stakeholders in the SH 119 corridor project, applied for two Congressional Earmark Requests through Congressman Neguse. One request was for the SH 119/SH 52 future intersection, and the other was for pre-construction of the SH 119 Bikeway and two First and Final Mile connections for Niwot and Boulder.

Congressional earmark requests allow local jurisdictions to apply for federal funding, which Congress members have the ability to direct, a process that hasn’t been approved in many years.

This federal funding is important, and a major step for the SH 119 corridor project because this is a critical connection to Larimer and Weld Counties as well as Boulder County. Congestion, safety and a lack of mobility options negatively impact economic growth, air quality and the quality of life for the community.

The future of the SH 119 corridor vision calls for adding managed/express lanes, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a commuter bikeway. The anticipated cost of the project is $270 million, of which approximately $95 million is identified. Recognizing there is no one source of funding to complete the full buildout, we need to be vigilant in pursuing federal, state, regional and local funding as they become available.

One of the many strengths of our coalition is the ability to speak with one voice for the transportation needs of the northwest metro region. As funding for transportation is very constrained it is collaborations like this that set our region apart from those who are competing for the same limited dollars.

We will continue to keep you all updated about the funding opportunities that arise to continue this vital project for our region.

Cheers,

Audrey DeBarros

Commuting Solutions Executive Director

US 287 Corridor Project – April 2021 Update

Boulder County and its regional partners are starting a multi-phases re-envisioning of the US 287 corridor between Broomfield and Longmont.

The first phase of the study examines the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation to address the growing congestion and travel demand in the area. The study will make recommendations to address transit travel times on US 287, identify potential funding sources and provide the framework for the implementation of BRT along the corridor.

Boulder County held a public meeting on April 14 to discuss multi-modal improvements on US 287. It included visuals of potential Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) guideways and allowed members of the public to ask questions and share opinions.

The video is available online at Boulder County’s website.

Currently, the County is seeking input on the US 287 BRT Study, which can be completed online.

SH 119 Diagonal Highway Corridor Project – April 2021

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study LogoCommuting Solutions is currently looking for input on the draft report for the First and Final Mile Study for SH 119, between Boulder and Longmont. The study discusses recommendations that will consider how the stations vary across the corridor, bicycle and pedestrian connections, wayfinding signage, shared parking, microtransit and Transportation Demand Management strategies.

The open comment period will be open from April 19 through May 7.

To read the study, and comment, visit https://bit.ly/3cVz0hT.

SH 119 Storymap

Commuting Solutions is excited to produce and provide the SH 119 Storymap. The interactive story map allows users to read about different aspects of the SH 119 corridor project as well as visual aspects of the projects.

Visit the storymap online.

SH 119 in GunbarrelAlternatives Analysis

The initial analysis of the three alternatives for the SH 119 and SH 52 intersection using 2045 traffic volumes has been completed. Based on the level of service outcomes for the three alternatives, CDOT will determine which one SH 119 and SH 52 intersection alternative to move into the broader optimization of the corridor.

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

The three alternatives include:

  • Alternative 1: Single Intersection with 3 lanes on SH 119 at SH 52
  • Alternative 2: Split Intersection with 2 lanes on SH 119 at SH 52
  • Alternative 3: Split Intersection with 3 lanes on SH 119 at SH 52

SH 119 Safety and Mobility

The SH 119 Safety and Mobility project is underway to evaluate opportunities for improved safety and mobility along the Diagonal Highway from Foothills Parkway to Hover Street in Longmont.

Colorado Department of Transportation and the project team continue to advance survey work and environmental data collection in the corridor.

Over the next few months, the project team will start the subsurface utility investigation and data collection.  All current activities are necessary elements to support the corridor design work scheduled to initiate in the fall 2021.