287 US Users Invited to Dec. 2 Bus Rapid Transit Study Presentation – Boulder Daily Camera


People traveling to US 287 between Longmont and Broomfield to get to work, home, shopping, visiting friends or family or any other type of travel are invited to participate in an online meeting on December 2 which will review the status of potential bus rapid transit improvements being considered for this highway corridor.

People can watch recaps of feedback transportation officials say they have received so far in their reviews of possible BRT improvements. They can also hear what these officials are currently recommending and the next steps in the feasibility study on “how this project can help improve the environment through improved transportation projects,” according to meeting organizers.

: A regional transport bus stop at Niwot Road and US 287 on Wednesday. (Matthew Jonas / Personal photographer)

Members of the public will have the chance during the December 12 virtual meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to ask questions and provide further feedback on the safety, BRT, cycling and pedestrian improvements. on the 21.8 mile segment of US 287 corridor between Main Street and Colo. 66 to Longmont to the north and Transit Way and Uptown Avenue to Broomfield to the south.

Boulder County is leading a multi-phased redefinition process. This first phase of the study closely examines the feasibility of implementing BRT on the corridor to cope with growing congestion and travel demand in the region.

The study will recommend the type and location of capital investments that will improve transit travel times on the US 287 by performing analysis that will assess traffic patterns, operations and transit infrastructure. current, length of vehicle queues, possibilities for handling intersections and a toolkit for station areas. . The study will also identify potential funding sources and provide the framework for next steps for the implementation of the BRT along US 287.

Boulder County officials state on their US Highway 287 Corridor Planning website that “since this project is regional in nature, Boulder County has established a stakeholder task force to work closely with the planning team. throughout the feasibility study process. The Stakeholder Working Group consists of agency representatives from the City and County of Broomfield, the Town of Longmont, the Town of Erie, Commuting Solutions, Transfort, the Town of Lafayette, the Regional Transportation District, Colorado Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Commuting Solutions and Economic Development Entities.

The study estimated that capital improvements in the corridor to enable BRT service could cost $ 56 million, plus $ 7.2 million per year to operate and maintain the BRT-enhanced section of highway.

Boulder County officials also announced that a “Toolkit for United States Rapid Transit Stations on Highway 287” is now available for review at boco.org/287planning.

As part of the Bus Rapid Transit feasibility study, “this toolkit is designed to be a menu of ambitious options to help make areas to and around transit stops more attractive to people. The tools range from treatments at intersections, cycling and walking needs, station elements, setting up places and preventing crime through environmental design, ”county officials said in a statement. hurry.

Comments or questions on the Station Zone Toolkit or the Global Planning Initiative 287 can be submitted online.

A kick-off meeting of the Corridor Planning Stakeholder Working Group took place on September 23, 2020, and the first two public meetings on the project took place on November 12, 2020 and April 14 of this year.

More information

  • Up-to-date planning information for US Corridor 287 can be found on a Boulder County website: tinyurl.com/ushb3w
  • People can pre-register to participate in the December 2 online virtual meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on potential BRT improvements via https://boco.org/US287-December2.
  • Those with questions about the project can email Jeff Butts, a Boulder County Multimodal Transportation Planner and County Study Project Manager, at jbutts@bouldercounty.org.


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