May 13, 2014

New Colo. BRT route to provide better job access

Rendering courtesy City of Fort Collins

Rendering courtesy City of Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colo.-based Transfort opened its MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, which will reduce commuting times and traffic congestion along a five-mile stretch of Fort Collins’ major employment corridor, on May 10.

“President Obama understands that transportation opens doors to opportunity, and providing faster, more convenient bus service will help the residents of this vibrant city succeed,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The four-year transportation bill we recently sent to Congress will help us build more good projects like the MAX Bus Rapid Transit line, tackling our infrastructure deficit and connecting more Americans to work, education and health care.”

The MAX BRT system serves 12 new stations along the Mason Corridor. Roughly 60% of all Fort Collins jobs are located within one mile of the Mason Corridor. Riders will have easy access to several employers, including the offices of the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County, as well as access to Colorado State University, Foothills Mall and the South College retail area.

With a dedicated guideway for nearly three-quarters of the corridor, and priority at traffic signals, MAX BRT is expected to operate more efficiently than auto travel.

“We applaud Fort Collins’ vision of offering truly seamless transportation choices for thousands of residents — from the new MAX BRT line to other local Transfort bus routes, regional transit, and an extensive bicycle and pedestrian trail system,” said FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan. “The future of this city, and our nation, depends on making sustained investments in projects like this one that promote economic growth and opportunity for generations to come.”

The MAX BRT line has been an economic boon to the region, generating approximately 1,000 construction jobs and spurring local economic development along the route, including construction of hundreds of new apartment units and over 21,000 square feet of planned retail and office space.

FTA funded $69.5 million, or 80%, of the total $87 million project; the remainder was funded by state and local sources, including the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University.

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