November Corridor Connection
Meet the latest addition to the City of Fort Collins' bus fleet, MAX! The last of the six 60-foot-long, articulated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles arrived mid-November. This delivery marks a milestone for the project and provides a preview as to how residents and visitors of Fort Collins will be MAXimizing their traveling opportunities when operations launch in May 2014.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) combines the quality of rail transit with the flexibility and affordability of rubber-tired vehicles. Each MAX vehicle offers passengers rail-like convenience with comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, large windows and wheel chair accessibility as well as on-board storage for up to four bicycles at a time. Each bus includes 60 seats, and is able to accommodate 100 riders.
Passengers can purchase tickets at the MAX stations before entering one of three bus doors. Advanced features like rapid boarding, real-time bus arrival apps and information, and counter system, work to move passengers on and off the bus quickly, making the trip convenient for all riders. The MAX buses also are an environmentally friendly transit option as they run on compressed natural gas.
Starting in February 2014, you may see the BRTs on the city streets and MAX guideway as Transfort trains their drivers, and as operations and signaling systems are being tested. Also, watch for the rolling MAX open houses around town starting in February! You won't be able to ride quite yet, but once training and testing is completed, the MAX will be ready to welcome you aboard in May 2014.
Alberta Development Partners' redevelopment plans for Foothills Mall will go through several public meetings in December.
On December 12, Alberta will present the City's Planning and Zoning Board with a major amendment to the Project Development Plan for Phase II, which was approved by the City earlier this year. On December 17, the City Council is scheduled to adopt a redevelopment agreement with the developer.
Both meetings are in Council Chambers of City Hall, 300 Laporte Avenue.
In May, the Fort Collins City Council approved a $53 million public assistance package including a $45 million base financial assistance package that will revitalize the Foothills Mall and restore essential sales tax revenue, as well as an $8 million investment in City infrastructure, including a new Youth Activity Center and an underpass that connects to the Mason Street Corridor. Total project investment in the community is expected to be $313 million.
To receive updates on the Foothills Mall redevelopment, sign up for an email newsletter at fcgov.com/foothillsmall. General information about the Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority - including a list of Frequently Asked Questions - is available at renewfortcollins.com.
The Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority assists with identifying and revitalizing areas of the City deemed blighted and provides a funding mechanism to encourage redevelopment. The main funding tool is Tax Increment Financing (TIF) - the increase in taxes generated by the new development - over a period of 25 years. Qualified projects can receive a portion of property tax generated to be allocated back into the project for the community's benefit. Public and private investment in the areas further promotes development and redevelopment in a plan area, such as North College or Midtown.
A major component of the MAX Bus Rapid Transit system was recently completed - and chances are, you haven't even noticed it! Just south of the Spring Creek Trail, crews began the construction of an enormous concrete retaining wall in late February, pouring the last section of concrete earlier this month.
The wall extends over 1,700 feet from north to south, and, in some locations, rises nearly 22 feet from its base. The retaining wall supports tons of dirt, creating a new, level surface parallel to the BNSF railroad tracks where MAX buses will operate on a guideway, alongside the trains.
There are about three miles of new transit-only concrete guideway - a road solely for the use of MAX vehicles - being constructed throughout the five mile MAX corridor, including this segment behind the retaining wall. The exclusive guideway allows MAX travel times to remain consistent, regardless of traffic jams or accidents, so passengers will be able to rely on MAX's travel time.
We have several tools to inform travelers of construction and the resulting traffic impacts, so that you can plan ahead and avoid closures. If you haven't already, sign up for email alerts at fcgov.com/max or call our hotline at 970-416-2617 to learn about scheduled traffic impacts.
There will be many ways to access MAX including by transfer from other Transfort bus routes, via bicycle on one of the many trails, and even by car using any of the several Park-n-Ride locations planned.
Park-n-Ride spots along the MAX route will make it convenient to drive to a station and then hop on MAX to explore dense areas of activity like Downtown or Colorado State University - without having to worry about finding a parking space.
- Parking is planned at the following locations*:
- South Transit Center - 175 spaces
- Troutman - 20 public on-street spaces
- Horsetooth - 20 spaces
- Swallow - 30 spaces
- Drake - 75 spaces
- Downtown - City parking garages, 125 spaces