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West Elizabeth Corridor

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 West Elizabeth Update

Project Overview

The West Elizabeth corridor has been identified in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) as part of a citywide network of Enhanced Travel Corridors (ETCs) – uniquely designed corridors with an emphasis on high-frequency transit, bicycling and walking. The West Elizabeth ETC Plan will develop a short- and long-term vision for the corridor based on an understanding of the transportation, land use, environmental, economic and social needs of the area.

Study Area

Project Map

Vision Statement

The vision for the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor is to be an easily accessible and reliable multimodal corridor with an emphasis on connectivity to CSU's Foothills Campus on the west and CSU's Main Campus (including MAX stations) on the east. The corridor will be well-integrated and well-connected within the city, with a focus on improving transit, walking and biking. The corridor will foster existing business and future infill and redevelopment to accommodate the growing number and diversity of users in the corridor, which include: students, families and seniors. The network shall:

  • Be unique and adaptable to the distinctive characteristics of each corridor segment.
  • Be safe and comfortable for all users.
  • Encourage and prioritize public transportation and active transportation options.
  • Support the interconnectivity of all modes.
  • Be a beautiful and vibrant environment.

Corridor Design Approach Highlights

Three Design Approaches have been drafted, each focusing on a priority identified by the public for the corridor.  The highlights of each option are described below and draft designs are available using the links provided.  The Design Approaches build upon one another, the grey text represents elements that are replicated from the previous Design Approach.

Transportation System Management (TSM) – Near-term (lower investment) Improvements

  • Transit Signal Priority – traffic signals that ensure the bus gets through intersections efficiently
  • Bus Queue Jumps – travel lane at intersections that allows the bus to move ahead of queueing traffic
  • Consistent Bike Lanes – conventional in constrained locations and buffered where space allows
  • Complete ADA Accessible Sidewalks – improving the sidewalks on West Elizabeth to be at least 4’ wide

Design Approach available here

Traffic Calming – Longer-term (higher investment) Improvements

  • Transit Signal Priority – traffic signals that ensure the bus gets through intersections efficiently (same as TSM Alternative)
  • Bus Queue Jumps – travel lane at intersections that allows the bus to move ahead of queueing traffic (same as TSM Alternative)
  • Complete ADA Accessible Sidewalks – improving the sidewalks on West Elizabeth to be at least 4’ wide (same as TSM Alternative)
  • High-frequency Transit – on West Elizabeth, Constitution, and Plum linking to CSU’s Main Campus and connecting to MAX
  • Roundabouts – proposed at West Elizabeth and Overland and West Elizabeth and Ponderosa
  • Protected Bike Lanes – bikes lanes with a physical barrier between motorist traffic and the bike lane

Design Approach available here

MAX on West Elizabeth – Longer-term (higher investment) Improvements

  • Transit Signal Priority – traffic signals that ensure the bus gets through intersections efficiently (same as TSM Alternative)
  • Bus Queue Jumps – travel lane at intersections that allows the bus to move ahead of queueing traffic (same as TSM Alternative)
  • Complete ADA Accessible Sidewalks – improving the sidewalks on West Elizabeth to be at least 4’ wide (same as TSM Alternative)
  • Protected Bike Lanes – bikes lanes with a physical barrier between motorist traffic and the bike lane
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on West Elizabeth – includes high frequency transit on West Elizabeth through CSU’s Main Campus connecting to MAX, with high quality stations and service branding like MAX

Design Approach available here

There are also two options being explored for the Campus West area if it redevelops. Design Options available here

The final Recommended Design will likely include elements from multiple Design Approaches, as well as new ideas and concepts.