Boulder County, in coordination with stakeholders, regional partners and members of the public, is conducting a multi-phased re-envisioning process. This first phase of the study, closely examines the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation on the US 287 corridor between Longmont and Broomfield to address the growing congestion and travel demand in the area. The study will recommend the type and location of capital investments that will enhance transit travel times on US 287 through conducting an analysis that will assess traffic patterns, current transit operations and infrastructure, vehicle queue lengths, opportunities for intersections treatments, and a Station Areas Toolkit. The study will also identify potential funding sources and provide the framework for the next steps for the implementation of the BRT along US 287.
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In 2014, the Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) identified US 287 as a strong candidate for implementing BRT and found that US 287 had the highest projected ridership among the other corridors the study analyzed. As a result, the NAMS recommended that US 287 should be prioritized for implementation. Since the NAMS, the area around US 287 has experienced continued population and employment growth, further increasing travel demand. This BRT feasibility study will build off of the NAMS study and build a multi-modal vision for the BRT implementation on US 287.
Since this project is regional in nature, Boulder County has developed a Stakeholder Working Group to closely collaborate with the planning team throughout the feasibility study process. The Stakeholder Working Group consists of agency representatives from the City and County of Broomfield, the City of Longmont, the Town of Erie, Commuting Solutions, Transfort, the City of Lafayette, the Regional Transportation District, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, Commuting Solutions and economic development entities. The Stakeholder Working Group will meet regularly throughout the planning process and will be key collaborators on the study.
The Stakeholder Working Group kickoff meeting was held on Sept. 23, 2020, and the first two Public Meetings were held on Nov. 12, 2020 and April 14, 2021. Information on upcoming public meetings will be posted on this webpage and will follow the Project Schedule below.
Jeff Butts, Multimodal Planner, 720-564-2754