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Fort Collins launches West Elizabeth BRT design project

Released on Thursday, April 15, 2021
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  • Brad Buckman, , 970-416-4248, bbuckman@fcgov.com
  • Melina Dempsey, Transit Planner, , mdempsey@fcgov.com

The City of Fort Collins, Transfort, and Colorado State University are kicking off a preliminary design project for the West Elizabeth Street corridor that will include Bus Rapid Transit and incorporate safe infrastructure for all modes of travel, including transit, bicycling, walking, and driving.

The project area goes from Mason Street and the main CSU campus to CSU’s Foothills Campus via West Elizabeth Street. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a bus transit mode that combines many features of rail transit with the flexibility of buses. BRT systems typically offer frequent trips on a fixed route. MAX service along the Mason Corridor in Fort Collins, which opened in 2014, is an example of BRT service.

The West Elizabeth design project will result in 30 percent design plans by the end of 2021. Work will include environmental review, traffic analysis, drainage and utility studies, and determination of future transit operations and service. This effort is a necessary step to advance the West Elizabeth project forward for possible Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding and future implementation.

As part of the design process, the City and its partners will be conducting outreach efforts throughout the year.

The West Elizabeth Corridor was chosen as a BRT route due to its function as a critical, two-mile transportation corridor for a growing business district and multi-family housing, and as a link for students accessing the Colorado State University Main and Foothills campuses. This year’s design work will build onto the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan, which was adopted with extensive community engagement in 2016.

More than 24,000 residents and 20,000 jobs are along the West Elizabeth corridor, and the design will include the City’s continual emphasis on safety for all users.

As the first operator of BRT in the state of Colorado, the City seeks to build on the success of MAX and the extensive experience gained through all phases of that project. In addition to the West Elizabeth BRT, the City is also beginning early work on plans for an extension of existing MAX service along North College Avenue.

For more information on the West Elizabeth project, visit www.fcgov.com/westelizabeth.