West Elizabeth 30% Design Project (2021)#
The City of Fort Collins, Transfort, and Colorado State University are kicking off a preliminary design project for Bus Rapid Transit service along the West Elizabeth Street corridor.
The project area goes from Mason Street and the CSU campus to Overland Drive 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 possible 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 critical 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 the design will incorporate infrastructure supporting all modes including transit, bicycling, walking, and driving.
As the first operator of BRT in the state of Colorado, the City seeks to build on the success of the 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.
How can I be involved?#
The West Elizabeth project team held two open houses on July 9, 2021. A virtual feedback option was also open until July 31.
A second virtual feedback option was open until Nov. 1.
West Elizabeth Improvements (2020)#
Improving West Elizabeth Street between Taft Hill and City Park#
Beginning approximately early June, The City of Fort Collins through the Streets Maintenance Program (SMP) will be implementing improvements along West Elizabeth Street between Taft Hill Road and City Park Avenue, as recommended in the 2016 West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor (ETC) Plan. The W. Elizabeth project aims to address safety concerns and improve conditions for corridor users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians, through the restriping of the roadway to 3 lanes through the entire project area, and the addition of buffered bike lanes and crossing improvements. The lower traffic volumes along this section of W. Elizabeth St. allow for one travel lane in each direction, while the center turn lane provides for safer and more convenient left turns to residential driveways and local streets. Space gained from the reduction in lanes will be utilized to enhance bicycle mobility, while also increasing the buffer between the sidewalk and travel lanes. A crossing improvement is also planned at a key location along the corridor as described below. With up to 2,000 bikes per day along this portion of West Elizabeth, this project will enhance safety for all roadway users, especially bicyclists.
- West Elizabeth from Taft Hill to City Park: Resurfacing and restriping of the roadway, and the addition of buffered bike lanes. A road diet will occur from Skyline to City Park reducing this segment to 3 lanes with one travel lane in each direction and a middle turn lane.
- West Elizabeth just West of Bryan Avenue: A pedestrian crossing at the Woodbridge Senior Apartments. This crossing will include a pedestrian flashing beacon and a center island where pedestrians can safely wait to complete the crossing.
Street improvements completed this year are just part of a larger W. Elizabeth St. corridor plan. Later this year, the City will begin the design process for the entire West Elizabeth corridor from CSU’s Foothill Campus to Mason Street to implement the vision established in the West Elizabeth ETC Plan. Stay tuned for more information about public outreach and community input opportunities. The design will be pursued through a combination of funding from a CDOT grant, the City for Fort Collins and Colorado State University (CSU).
The project is anticipated to begin early June and will take 1-2 weeks. Preparatory work to begin April/May. A travel lane will remain open during construction. More detailed information about this project will be distributed by the Street Maintenance Program prior to construction.
More information about the long-range vision for the West Elizabeth Corridor can be found here: https://www.fcgov.com/westelizabeth/about.php
Mike Knox, Streets Project Manager
Melina Dempsey, FC Moves Transit Planner
2016 West Elizabeth Plan Documents#
The West Elizabeth ETC Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2016. The City has started the 30% design process in 2021. The West Elizabeth ETC plan is below.
- Plan - (High Resolution) (49.8MB)
- Plan - (Lower Resolution) (6.1MB)
- Recommended Design and Interim Design (21.3MB)
- Executive Summary (6.5MB)
- Plan Appendices
- Vision, Purpose & Need (6.4MB)
- Community Engagement Summary (3.5MB)
- Corridor Understanding Report (broken into 4 parts):
- Alternatives Analysis Summary (9.2MB)
- Conceptual Designs of Recommended Design and Interim Design (21.3MB)
- Responding to the Project Need (172KB)
- Traffic Operations Calculations (301KB)
- Cost Estimates Summary and Methodology (364KB)
- Maintenance Considerations (159KB)
- Final Design Considerations (2.1MB