PRINCIPLE T 1
Coordinate transportation plans, management and investments with land use plans and decisions.
T 1.1 - Development and Transportation Investment
As development occurs, consider making concurrent transportation investments to support increased demands for multimodal travel.
T 1.2 - Land Use Context
Consider the land use context for transportation projects by incorporating design that is sensitive to existing and future land uses; considering environmental, scenic, aesthetic and historic values; and evaluating the potential equity impacts of projects.
T 1.3 - Design for Active Living
Promote neighborhood and community design that encourages physical activity.
T 1.4 - Public Facilities
Continue to require that development projects provide public facilities in accordance with their traffic and transportation impact and required standards.
T 1.5 - Districts and Activity Centers
Provide a wide array of transportation facilities and services to support development and functioning of activity centers and districts.
T 1.6 - Interface with Open Lands
Design transportation corridors that are located adjacent to open lands and community separators in a manner that avoids and minimizes negative impacts.
T 1.7 - BRT and High-Frequency Transit Service
Phase the implementation of new transit corridors, new BRT corridors and more frequent service on existing transit corridors to coincide with transit oriented development and available funding.
T 1.8 - Sustainable Design
Plan, build and maintain streets, trails, intersections and sidewalks using sustainable design principles and best practices.
PRINCIPLE T 2
Build and maintain high-quality infrastructure that supports all modes of travel.
T 2.1 - Funding
Explore efficient and sustainable ways to allocate funding for transportation.
T 2.2 - CIP Horizon and Schedule
Update the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) every two years coordination with the City’s budget schedule and other strategic opportunities. The CIP will include both a 25 year horizon and a short-term (five- to six-year) horizon.
T 2.3 - Layered Network
Develop a layered network for Fort Collins that designates a continuous, connected, efficient, convenient and comfortable network for bicycling, walking, transit and vehicles.
T 2.4 - Street Design Criteria
Keep street and sidewalk design standards current with community values, new modes of travel, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, and new technical and safety standards.
T 2.5 - Building Improvements
Construct and implement transportation improvement based on adopted plans, policies and the CIP.
T 2.6 - Maintenance and Asset Management
Protect investment in transportation facilities, systems and services through a proactive, high-quality maintenance program using principles of asset management.
T 2.7 - Complete Network
Determine modal priorities and operational improvements based on the Master Street Plan.
T 2.8 - Modal Plans
Maintain and update Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transit Plans that expand upon the general principles and policies identified in City Plan.
PRINCIPLE T 3
Lead transportation innovation by exploring and utilizing emerging and transformative systems and technologies.
T 3.1 - Emerging Transportation
Update design standards, policies and operational strategies to support and manage newly emerging transportation options (e.g. autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, electric-assist bicycles, drones and e-scooters).
T 3.2 - Trip-Planning Application
Support development of an all-encompassing trip-planning app that aggregates all available modes and includes travel time, cost and carbon footprint per mode.
T 3.3 - Development and Sharing of Infrastructure
Encourage the development and sharing of both public and private infrastructure, including parking, by devising public-private partnerships and agreements that provide shared access, in order to facilitate the movement of people, goods and information throughout the city.
T 3.4 - Vehicle Sharing
Encourage and support partnerships to provide vehicle-sharing opportunities. Programs should include a full spectrum of vehicle types (e.g., delivery trucks, pickup trucks, hybrid vehicles, scooters/mopeds, etc.) with electrification of the shared fleet.
T 3.5 - Drones
Encourage and support the use and experimentation of drones for the delivery of goods and other community-supported uses, while also considering compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations and sensitivity to privacy concerns.
T 3.6 - Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
Ensure that autonomous and connected vehicles and infrastructure reduce travel time, support and encourage public transit, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and reduce low-occupancy trips during peak time. This can be done by prioritizing autonomous vehicles that are electrically powered, shared or operated as a fleet and by disincentivizing zero-occupancy vehicles.
T 3.7 - Connected Vehicles Infrastructure
Implement connected infrastructure (such as signals) that communicates with connected vehicles to increase the efficiency of the roadway system. Ensure that this considers data-sharing requirements and equitable distribution of connected infrastructure throughout the city. Consider a user-fee funding mechanism to pay for this infrastructure investment.
T 3.8 - Transportation Network Companies
Ensure that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs; mobility-service providers such as Lyft or Uber) support Fort Collins’ goals of Towards Vision Zero, reduced GHG emissions, decreased SOVs and improved travel time.
T 3.9 - Electric Vehicles
Encourage, prioritize and support the purchase of electric vehicles through the design, management, outreach, education, policy updates, broad-based coordination, incentives and operations of streets and wayside infrastructure such as electric-vehicle charging stations.
T 3.10 - Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap
Prioritize transportation planning projects and programs that support the Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap (EVRR) goals.
T 3.11 - Multimodal Connections
Develop mobility hubs and mobility innovation zones that support multimodal connections and first-last mile strategies by designating a consolidated space for bus stops, docked bike share, free-floating scooters and bikes, TNC shuttle pick-up and drop-off zones, etc.
T 3.12 - Emerging Technologies
Plan for and implement appropriate signal system technologies such as adaptive signal systems and other emerging connected technologies.
PRINCIPLE T 4
Pursue regional transportation solutions.
T 4.1 - Regional Transportation Planning
Participate in NFRMPO transportation programs and planning efforts.
T 4.2 - Partnerships for Interstate Travel
Develop partnerships among Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Larimer County, North Front Range MPO, surrounding communities and private developers to build and improve regional and interstate facilities to increase mobility and make bicycle and pedestrian connections.
T 4.3 - Efficient Mobility
Provide energy- and time-efficient mobility and cost-effective transport of people and goods within the region.
T 4.4 - Regional Connections
Provide safe, sustainable, easy and effective connections to county, regional, state and national transportation corridors, as well as rail and air transportation systems.
T 4.5 - Partnerships for Multimodal Travel
Work cooperatively with regional partners including the NFRMPO, CDOT, Larimer County and other Northern Colorado communities to identify opportunities to provide regional transit and bicycle connections along regionally significant transportation corridors and trail easements, including first-last mile strategies to transit.
T 4.6 - Use of Existing Railroad Rights-of-Way
Support efforts to explore the use of existing rail rights-of-way as well as other rights-of-way and easements for interregional means of transportation such as bicycling, walking and transit.
T 4.7 - Future Passenger Rail
Incorporate future opportunities for commuter passenger rail or other intercity rail-transit connections along existing or new rail corridors between Fort Collins, Denver and other North Front Range cities, per the 2017 Senate Bill and 2011 North I-25 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
T 4.8 - Regional Transit
Work cooperatively with regional partners to identify opportunities to expand existing regional transit service and provide new regional transit service between Fort Collins and other cities along the Front Range.
PRINCIPLE T 5
Ensure that transit is a safe, affordable, efficient and convenient travel option for people of all ages and abilities.
T 5.1 - Transit System
As funding becomes available, expand the City’s public transit system in phases to provide integrated, high-frequency, productivity-based transit service along major transportation corridors. This will be accomplished with a combination of feeder transit lines, on-demand transit and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) technology to connect major destinations.
T 5.2 - BRT and High-Frequency Transit Service
Implement BRT and high-frequency transit service as shown in this document along major transportation corridors as land use densifies and mobility demands increase, providing links between major activity centers and transit-oriented development.
T 5.3 - Integrate and Expand Transit Service Types
As funding becomes available, integrate fixed-route transit service with mobility innovation zones to serve lower-density areas of the city with nontraditional transit service. Focusing on expanding mobility in a cost-effective way, the City will use existing and new technologies, including micro-transit, partnerships with TNCs, MaaS technologies and other innovations.
T 5.4 - Reliable Transit Service
As funding becomes available, provide fast and reliable transit service throughout the transit system, but with an additional emphasis on high-frequency routes through the use of various design and operating strategies, including bulb-outs, signal priority, bus-only lanes, access to mobility hubs and streamlining of route patterns to minimize deviations and appropriately spaced bus stops.
T 5.5 - Transit Stops
Modernize and expand transit infrastructure with customer mobility, comfort and security first in mind. This includes improvements to bus stops/shelters; expanded and upgraded transit centers with elements such as adequate lighting, ADA accessibility and protection from the elements; and on- and off-board security and cameras. Maintain transit infrastructure per the Transfort Bus Stop Design Guidelines and update the document as needed.
T 5.6 - Regional Transit Leadership
Continue to be a leader for transit services in the region by efficiently operating transit services in smaller communities, leading the development of new regional transit connections and looking for opportunities to provide expanded and cost-effective regional mobility in the North Front Range.
T 5.7 - Transit Technology
Pursue technology such as pedestrian blind-spot detection, autonomous and connected vehicles, electric and low emission-buses and on-demand vehicles.
T 5.8 - Connect Transit to Other Modes
Connect public transit to other modes of travel through strategically located mobility hubs, to be located near activity centers, where one or more transit routes and bicycle facilities intersect. These hubs will provide shared multimodal facilities and may include elements such as bicycle parking, bike-share and car-share, multimodal information, park-and-rides, and curbspace for shuttles and drop-off vehicles.
T 5.9 - Transfort Service Standards
Provide transit service in accordance with the Transfort Service Standards.
T 5.10 - Paratransit
Provide paratransit in accordance with Federal requirements. Look for opportunities to improve customer service, ensure cost-effective coverage and improve outreach and education for paratransit customers who would receive better mobility services on the fixed route network.
T 5.11 - Transit Maintenance Facility
To support the additional transit service identified in this plan, consider expanding the Transit Maintenance Facility to store and maintain a larger fleet of buses and support vehicles.
PRINCIPLE T 6
Support bicycling as a safe, easy and convenient travel option for all ages and abilities by building a connected network of facilities.
T 6.1 - Connected Bicycle Facilities
Build and maintain bicycle facilities that form a continuous and dense low-stress bicycle network with seamless connections to public transit, bike- share and other shared-mobility vehicles, schools, neighborhoods, community destinations and the regional bicycle network.
T 6.2 - Bicycle Facilities and programs
Implement appropriate, well-designed bicycle facilities, education and enforcement programs.
T 6.3 - Bicycling for All Ages and Abilities
Increase bicycle ridership by creating a welcoming environment for people of all bicycling levels in all parts of the city.
T 6.4 - bicycling to Promote Physical Activity
Increase access to bicycling as essential to an active and environmentally healthy community.
T 6.5 - Facility Maintenance
Identify opportunities for additional year-round maintenance of bicycle facilities to provide safe bicycling in winter months.
T 6.6 - Adaptive Bicycling
Increase programming and infrastructure focus on adaptive bicycling to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.
PRINCIPLE T 7
Support walking as a safe, easy and convenient travel option for all ages and abilities by building a connected network of sidewalks, paths and trails.
T 7.1 - Pedestrian Facilities
Implement ADA-accessible pedestrian facilities as detailed in the Pedestrian Plan and Sidewalk Prioritization Program.
T 7.2 - Safe Pedestrian Facilities
Develop safe and secure pedestrian settings by developing and maintaining an appropriately lit pedestrian network, enforcing snow removal on sidewalks adjacent to residential properties and mitigating the impacts of vehicles. Connections will be clearly visible and accessible, incorporating markings, signage, lighting and paving materials.
T 7.3 - Neighborhood Streets for Walking
Provide an attractive, safe environment for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on neighborhood streets with well-designed streetscapes, including detached sidewalks, parkways and well-defined crosswalks.
T 7.4 - Pedestrian Connections
Provide direct and visible pedestrian connections between cul-de-sacs, transit stops, schools, activity areas, public facilities, recreational trails and other key pedestrian destinations.
T 7.5 - Infrastructure for Disabled Community
Increase programming and infrastructure focused on providing the best environment to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.
PRINCIPLE T 8
Manage the transportation system to ensure reliable traffic and transit flow through travel demand management and transportation system optimization.
T 8.1 - Transportation Demand Management
Promote and facilitate transportation options that reduce dependence on automobile trips (e.g., carpools, regional vanpools, telecommuting, electronic access, new vehicle types, vehicle sharing, transit, walking, biking, employee programs, market pricing for parking, road-user charges, etc.).
T 8.2 - System Optimization
Manage traffic congestion through system optimization strategies such as intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and signal optimization.
T 8.3 - Innovative Funding
Consider parking pricing to balance demand on the system and fund new transportation demand options and programs.
T 8.4 - Multimodal Level of Service
Update the Multimodal Level of Service (MMLOS) standards in alignment with transportation and land use goals.
T 8.5 - Access Management
Protect the capacity and safety of critical corridors through access management (i.e., the consolidation and narrowing of access points).
T 8.6 - Roundabouts
Consider roundabouts as a means of achieving transportation system safety and efficiency at intersections for all modes of travel.
T 8.7 - Ease of Access and Bypass Traffic
Encourage through-truck/freight traffic to bypass the city using designated truck routes on state and federal highways.
T 8.8 - Efficient Mobility
Provide energy and time-efficient mobility and cost-effective transport of people and goods between the various districts of the city.
T 8.9 - Freight Mobility
Maintain a truck routing plan with designated truck routes to provide commercial access and minimize truck travel through residential neighborhoods.
T 8.10 - Addressing Bottlenecks
Implement improvements at strategic locations to address congestion/bottlenecks that are creating emissions and safety concerns.
PRINCIPLE T 9
Utilize the transportation system to support a healthy and equitable community.
T 9.1 - Health- and Human-Services Providers
Improve transportation access to health- and human- services organizations.
T 9.2 - Energy Efficient and Environmental Sensitive Transportation
Develop a program to promote energy efficient and environmentally sensitive transportation choices. Coordinate the building code with the growth in new transportation fuels such as electricity or hydrogen.
T 9.3 - City Vehicle Fleets
Manage City vehicle fleets to minimize environmental impacts and use of nonrenewable fuels.
T 9.4 - Healthy Transportation Choices
Develop travel demand programs that support and promote active transportation choices.
T 9.5 - Equitable Access
Provide equitable access to services and resources, particularly for marginalized and underresourced communities as identified in the Health Equity Index Analysis in the City Plan Trends and Forces Report (Appendix) and other future equity analyses.
T 9.6 - Active Transportation
Support physically active transportation (e.g., bicycling, walking, using wheelchairs, etc.) by continued bike and pedestrian education and encouragement programs and infrastructure investments.
T 9.7 - Monitoring Environmental Justice and Health Equity
Conduct formal evaluation of the potential environmental justice and health equity impacts of projects, policies and plans using current best- practice equity tools to prevent adverse and disproportionate impacts.
T 9.8 - Air Quality
Support efforts to improve air quality through the prioritization of transportation infrastructure and travel demand programmatic investments that reduce vehicle miles traveled. Incorporate air quality impacts into transportation planning decisions through the use of the Fort Collins Air Quality Impacts Tool.
T 9.9 - Climate Action Plan
Prioritize transportation planning projects and programs that support CAP and GHG-reduction goals.
T 9.10 - ADA Infrastructure
Pursue infrastructure improvements beyond what is required in the ADA to ensure optimal equal access, coordinating with disability-rights organizations to determine best-practice solutions.
PRINCIPLE T 10
Support and enhance safety for all modes.
T 10.1 - Toward Vision Zero
Develop a safety-enhancement action plan for all modes based on the City’s commitment to Vision Zero.
T 10.2 - Education and Enforcement
Promote the development of educational programs and ensure the appropriate utilization of traffic enforcement.
T 10.3 - Safety and Respect
Develop and support education and enforcement programs that promote safety and encourage respect for traffic laws among drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, long boarders and e-scooters.
T 10.4 - Pedestrian Traffic Laws
Partner with community stakeholders to develop educational and enforcement programs that promote safety, encourage respect for pedestrians and encourage pedestrians to respect traffic laws.
T 10.5 - Street Crossings
Design street crossings at intersections consistent with the Fort Collins Traffic Code, the Land Use Code, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), ADA and the Larimer County Urban Area Street Standards (LUCASS) with regard to crosswalks, lighting, median refuges, bike boxes, corner sidewalk widening, ramps, signs, signals and landscaping.
T 10.6 - Safe Routes to School Program
Continue the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which focuses on educating all children, teachers, parents and schools about safe walking and bicycling as a mode of travel to get to school. Ensure that SRTS materials and activities are inclusive of people with disabilities.
T 10.7 - Personal Safety
Design infrastructure and programs to promote personal safety through lighting, the activation of public space and police presence.
T 10.8 - Data Driven Approach
Utilize an annual, data-driven, citywide safety review that helps inform all projects.
T 10.9 - Safety Project Implementation
Focus improvement efforts on projects that enhance transportation safety.
T 10.10 - Underresourced Communities
Consider prioritizing safety improvements in marginalized and underresourced communities, including the disability community.