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 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: 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

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.

SH 119 Diagonal Highway Corridor Project – March 2021 Updates

First and Final Mile Study:

Commuting Solutions is currently working with its consultants, Fehr & Peers, to put the finishing touches on a First and Final Mile Study recommendations draft, which will be available to the public next month.

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

The recommendations from the study will consider how the station 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 – in Gunbarrel only
  • Microtransit – in Gunbarrel only
  • Transportation Demand Management
  • New programs

A survey link will be created where participants can read through the recommendations and provide comments and feedback.

28th Street Improvement Project:

28th Street BAT Rendering ProjectThe Boulder 28th Street Improvement Project will take place from Canyon Boulevard to Iris Avenue. Currently, city staff will be briefing the Transportation Advisory Board on the status of this project’s design during a meeting on April 5.

Project construction is anticipated to begin in early 2022.

The 28th Street project will include adding a bus/bike/right-turn-only lane, completing gaps in the existing multi-use path, installing landscape buffers, improvements to pedestrian facilities, planting trees throughout the site, replacing traffic signals and storm drainage updates.

The virtual meeting can be attended by attending online.

SH 119 Safety and Mobility Improvements:

CDOT in collaboration with RTD and corridor stakeholders, recently initiated the SH 119 Safety and Mobility Improvement Project to evaluate safety and mobility improvements, highway capacity management strategies including intersection improvements, possible managed lanes, as well as multimodal improvements including, but not limited to, regional Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and commuter bikeway integration with the SH 119 corridor.

CDOT has recently selected Commuting Solutions member Muller Engineering as the consultant to advance this project.

Highway improvement recommendations will derive from the Traffic Alternatives Study currently under evaluation by HPTE.

Transit facility improvements will advance in partnership with RTD. Early actions for this project include survey work in the corridor and environmental data collection.

The SH 119 and SH 52 intersection recommendations are anticipated by May.

Commuting Solutions Membership Meeting Logo

SH 119 Membership Meeting:

Commuting Solutions held its first SH 119 Membership Meeting of 2021 on March 9. More than 100 people registered for the event and gathered over Zoom to hear some updates regarding the SH 119 project, information from RTD and CDOT, as well as information about the Employee Trip Reduction Program.

To watch the meeting, visit our YouTube page.

Northwest Area Mobility Study FAQ

Northwest Area Mobility Study MapWhat is the Northwest Area Mobility Study?

The Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) was a 13-month long planning effort led by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) that developed a prioritized list of transit mobility improvements for the northwest metro region.

The study was a collaborative effort that addresses significant cost increases and delays associated with building and operating the 41-mile Northwest Rail commuter rail line from Longmont to Denver.

The study concluded with elected officials, the Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado Department of Transportation, and 13 area jurisdictions (City of Arvada, City of Boulder, Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, City of Lafayette, City of Longmont, City of Louisville, Town of Superior and the City of Westminster) University of Colorado-Boulder and agencies reaching consensus on transit priorities in the region.

What areas does the Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) include?

The study concentrated on the northwest metro region including Longmont, Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Broomfield, Thornton, Westminster and Denver.

What priorities does the Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) include?

  • Phased construction of Northwest Rail: The study evaluated operational/service options and construction phasing options along the Northwest Rail line from Westminster to go through Boulder and Longmont.
  • Feasibility of Extending North Metro Line to Longmont: As an alternative to providing commuter rail service to Longmont on the Northwest Rail through Boulder, the study evaluated the feasibility of providing commuter rail service to Longmont along various alignments by extending the North Metro Line.
  • US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Commitments: The study determined the remaining final commitments for the FasTracks BRT funding and scope for the US 36 corridor and complete corresponding commitments.
  • B Line (Formerly known as Northwest Rail): Annually evaluate strategies to accelerate the implementation of the B Line while recognizing it is a long-term project. Evaluate the feasibility and cost of constructing the line in segments.
  • US 36 to Denver Reverse Commute: Work with CDOT to evaluate the reverse commute traffic between Denver Union Station and US 36. For the I-25 downtown express lane, evaluate alternatives to ease reverse commute traffic.
  • Additional arterial BRT: Consider implementing additional arterial BRT/enhanced bus corridors.

What are some of the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit Commitments?

US 36 BRT was included as part of the ballot initiative that funded the original FasTracks plan, which stated RTD would provide a set financial commitment to the US 36 project. This commitment assumed to provide stations and park-n-rides along the corridor and a proportional share of the cost to provide bus/high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

BRT has been considered an alternative for rapid transit service on US 36 since the completion of US 36 Major Investment Study in 2001.

NAMS determined the remaining final commitments for the US 36 BRT service. The US 36 BRT FasTracks program included two implementation phases.

The first phase, completed in May 2010, included the first FasTracks project to reach 100% completion.

  • It consisted of three separate projects along US 36, designed to improve park-n-Ride access as well as travel-time savings between Boulder and Denver.
  • Improvements included pedestrian bridges and bus stops for McCaslin Boulevard, Church Ranch Boulevard and Broomfield stations.

The second phase included building an express lane in each direction to accommodate HOV, Bus Rapid Transit and tolled Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOV).

What were some of the corridors listed in the Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS)?

The corridors listed include:

  • SH 119: The Diagonal Highway corridor project connects Boulder to Longmont and travels through Niwot and Gunbarrel. There are an estimated 45,000 vehicles that travel the corridor daily, and it is projected there will be a 25% increase by 2040.
  • US 287: The corridor between Longmont and Broomfield. This project is currently undergoing a re-envisioning process which includes a Bus Rapid Transit implementation to address the growing congestion and travel demand in the area.
  • Colorado 7: The corridor is between Brighton and Boulder. By 2040, there is projected to be more than 56,000 new residents and 38,000 new jobs along the corridor. This will lead to a 37% increase in traffic along an already congested corridor.
  • Additional Arterial BRT: The plan considered implementing additional arterial BRT/enhanced bus corridors such as 120th Avenue, Colorado 42/95th Street and South Boulder Road.

What are some resources I can read about the Northwest Area Mobility Study?

SH 119 Diagonal Highway Corridor Project – February 2021 Updates

SH 119 First and Final Mile:

Small H 119 First and Final Mile Study by Commuting SolutionsCurrently, Commuting Solutions is working with its consultant, Fehr & Peers, to put the finishing touches on a First and Final Mile Study recommendations draft, which will go to the public this spring for input.

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

The recommendations from the study will consider how the station 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 – in Gunbarrel only
  • Microtransit – in Gunbarrel only
  • Transportation Demand Management
  • New programs

Read more about the First and Final Mile Study.

SH 119 Bikeway:

Conceptual View of the SH 119 BikewayBoulder County is in the process of designing a paved, off-street, multi-use path along SH 119 between Longmont and Boulder. The bikeway will optimize regional mobility between Longmont and Boulder by providing multimodal bicycle and pedestrian improvements, which results in safer, more reliable, more comfortable, and more appealing travel options.

The bikeway will be physically separated from the SH 119 roadway and feature underpasses or protected signal phasing for pedestrians and bicyclists where bikeway crosses major intersecting roads.

The bikeway will also connect to the SH 119 BRT stations, which will allow commuters to easily connect to public transportation.

Currently, the County is hiring a consultant to complete the design.

Conceptual Image of Coffman Street

Coffman Street Update:

The Longmont Coffman Street Busway project is currently looking at utilities and Right-of-Way (ROW) in the corridor. The purpose is to clearly delineate the space available for the proposed improvements and begin work on an alternative that fits the project’s guiding principles.

The Coffman Street Busway 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.

A Message from the Commuting Solutions Executive Director – February 2021

Audrey DeBarros HeadshotAs we approach spring, Commuting Solutions is gearing up to begin the public input portion for the SH 119 First and Final Mile Study.

Commuting Solutions has been working on the First and Final Mile Study for more than a year now, and we’re so excited to bring the process back to the public. We are excited to introduce some recommendations for the corridor located between Boulder and Longmont, which identifies safe and comfortable multimodal connections to existing and future public transportation and the SH 119 Bikeway as well as create easy access to public transportation.

A survey will be created next month and housed on the Commuting Solutions’ website, to allow the public to read the draft plan and make comments. We look forward to hearing and seeing what everyone thinks of the plan!

For more information about the SH 119 First and Final Mile Study, and the corridor project, visit commutingsolutions.org/regional-planning/sh-119-first-and-final-mile-study/.

Cheers,

Audrey DeBarros