Attend an open house to learn more about the conversion of Mason Street in Downtown to two-way operations on Thursday, November 17, 4-6 p.m. The open house will take place in the City’s Planning, Development and Transportation building, 281 N. College Ave., in conference rooms A and B.
The conversion of Mason Street back to two-way traffic operation is a fundamental element of the Mason Corridor project. Located centrally along the north-south spine of Fort Collins, Mason Corridor, will be a catalyst for future commercial, residential and employment development for years to come. When complete, two-way operation of Mason will increase efficiency for the MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system as well as improve overall Downtown access, mobility and circulation for automobiles and bicyclists. MAX BRT is a key, exciting piece of the overall corridor experience which is essential to the broader vision of Fort Collins’ future economy and central community design. Two-way traffic operation on Howes Street is also part of the plan; Howes was successfully converted in June of 2009.
Phased Conversion of Mason Street
Conversion will take place over several phases during the next nine months. The first phase was completed this fall.
• Install underground communication conduits (completed in September and October 2011)
• Install necessary railroad and traffic signal facilities (November 2011– June 2012)
• Reconstruct railroad tracks –requires full closure to vehicles for seven days on Mason Street between Cherry and Laurel Streets (July 2012)
• Finalize adjustments to signals and road striping (August 2012)
About Mason Corridor
The Mason Corridor is a five mile north-south byway which extends from Cherry Street on the north to south of Harmony Road. The Mason Corridor includes a bicycle and pedestrian trail as well as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, MAX, which will operate in an exclusive transit-only roadway for the majority of the corridor.
The Mason Corridor is more than improved transit. It provides the land, connectivity, and opportunity to redesign and redevelop in a smart, sustainable manner that serves current and future generations’ needs. Future opportunities along the corridor include high density residential buildings, neighborhood green spaces, cultural centers near some of the twelve MAX stations, and Mason Street entrances to existing and new businesses on College Avenue.
MAX will link major destinations and activity centers along the corridor including the Downtown commercial, cultural, and business centers, Colorado State University, Foothills Mall, and South College retail areas. MAX will operate nearly twice as fast as auto travel along College Avenue, and provide high frequency service every 10 minutes. Additionally, future regional transit connections will link to MAX.
Follow the Mason Street conversion and Mason Corridor progress at fcgov.com/mason.