May Corridor Connection
This summer, the community has enjoyed riding MAX Bus Rapid Transit Service for free. The fare-free summer provided an opportunity for Transfort to introduce its newest line of service while making refinements to the system. With the winding down of the summer season, MAX’s fare-free period will also end. Beginning on Monday, August 25, regular Transfort system fees will apply to ride. You can purchase your ticket or pass with cash or credit card at one of the station ticket vending machine before boarding, or at a transit center. For complete details on fares and passes for all types of riders, please visit ridetransfort.com.
Implementing the fare to ride MAX isn’t the only change Transfort has in the works. Transfort service sees changes every year when fall classes start at Colorado State University. This year, there is also a new on-campus circulator, Around the Horn, starting service on August 18 to provide transit connections from MAX to the CSU Transit center. Additionally, we’ve listened to your feedback from public events hosted throughout 2013 and 2014, as well as more recent input regarding service changes that went into effect in May. In response, Transfort has several fixed route bus service changes and enhancements rolling out on August 25. Information about service changes can be found at ridetransfort.com/route-changes.
To ensure the best experience possible when you ride Transfort, as well as get the skinny on current route, schedule, and rider alerts, we invite you to visit ridetransfort.com or download our Ride Transfort mobile app.
Transfort wants to hear from you! In order to better understand the views of all transit riders, Transit has initiated a community-wide conversation regarding bikes and buses. Public feedback has made it clear that transit riders have concerns over bike parking availability on MAX buses. While MAX vehicles accommodate four bicycles inside and Transfort accommodates three bicycles on exterior racks, we’ve heard that as ridership in MAX is high and continues to grow, we need to figure out a better way to accommodate passengers and bikes on MAX buses.
Transfort welcomes your thoughts, constructive suggestions and innovative ideas on the role of bikes within the transit system and how we can improve the ridership experience for all. Here are four fast-and-easy ways to send us your feedback:
- Textizen Survey. Tells us how MAX is treating you by responding to this question via text (A= great; B= pretty good; C = Need Improvement; and D= we haven’t met yet). Simply text the letter of your choice (A, B, C or D) to 970.760.0061. This will prompt a short text survey and a chance for you to share your opinions with us.
- Idea Lab Discussion. Ridden MAX lately? If so, share your thoughts on how well you think MAX is accommodating bikes by visiting this discussion at idealab.fcgov.com/. In this forum, you’ll be able to read/comment on what other residents are experiencing, brainstorm, as well as share your own innovative ideas and feedback on how to improve the rider experience.
- Community Conversation. Be on the lookout for a Community Conversation that will take place in September 2014. Staff will be on hand to present a proposed City policy to accommodate bikes on the transit network and hear your ideas.
- Contact Transfort Directly. If you prefer to offer your feedback directly to Transfort staff and keep up-to-date on this process, please visit Ride Transfort.com.
Additionally, Transfort has formed a Citizen Idea Team (CIT) to assist staff with identifying and evaluating options. This group is made up of interested citizens representing a spectrum of transit riders. The group has the primary function of working through ideas and helping advise Transfort on how to accommodate bikes into the future.
For more information on how to engage in this bikes and buses discussion, please contact Emma Belmont, Transit Planner, Transfort at ZWJlbG1vbnRAZmNnb3YuY29t or 970.224.6197.
Colorado State University is prepping for the start of fall semester. A reminder to residents of Fort Collins that this year, residence halls open for student move in from August 21-24, which coincides with the University’s welcome for new students and their families. Fall semester classes start Monday, August 25, 2014. For additional information on CSU’s 2014-2015 important dates, check out admissions.colostate.edu/importantdates
Just one block east of the Mason Corridor is College Avenue—the most traveled thoroughfare in the City of Fort Collins. Recognizing the majority of College Avenue’s street design is over 50 years old and needs an update, the City has set out to identify a vision for its redevelopment. The effort, dubbed Midtown in Motion, is a plan to develop design concepts that increase mobility and safety for all ages and abilities as well as create a well-functioning, high-quality and attractive avenue that meets economic, transportation and sustainability goals.
Simply put, Midtown in Motion will define College Avenue’s redeveloped and turn it into a world class street. Its focus is the area on College Avenue between Prospect and Harmony Roads, including the frontage roads and connections to the Mason Corridor and its new Max stations.
The City has launched an interactive website survey at midtowninmotion.com to provide an opportunity for you to share your ideas on ways to transform College Avenue. Feedback will be collected through August 15, 2014.
In the coming months, City staff will continue to evaluate community input, select design ideas and prepare an implementation schedule. To learn more about the project and subscribe to emails regarding its progress, visit fcgov.com/MidtowninMotion.
Summer is here and that means it’s time for fun in the sun. However, while you are outside barbecuing, enjoying a concerts and riding bikes, make sure to take steps to protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile Virus (WNV).
WNV is a disease that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms range from none to very serious. The good news is there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
This summer when you hear the buzzing of mosquitoes just remember the Four D’s: Drain, Dress, Dusk/Dawn, and DEET:
- Drain: Mosquitos’ natural breeding ground is water, so make sure to drain any standing water in your yard each week. Check gutters, bird baths and pools to ensure there is no water pooling for mosquitoes.
- Dress: Wear light-colored clothing and long pants and sleeves. Covering exposed skin goes a long way in preventing infected mosquitoes from biting you.
- Dusk/Dawn: Remain indoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and more likely to bite you. Although all age groups are at risk for WNV, individuals over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of severe disease. WNV can be fatal to anybody, regardless of age or health.
- DEET: Lastly, wear an approved insect repellent to stave off mosquitoes. To find the repellent that is right for you visit cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.