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New with the Flatiron Flyer

Website, video to help commuters use new express lanes

There is a new website and video available that will help commuters use the new express lanes as they are finished on U.S. 36 between Boulder and Denver. The Colorado Department of Transportation created the website to help people get where they need to go safely and effectively. Get the details here.

New bus design unveiled

Flatiron Flyer bus design
RTD unveiled the branding of its new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service at
the RTD Board of Directors committee meeting September 9, 2014. The U.S. 36 BRT service, which is part of RTD's FasTracks transit expansion program, debuts in 2016. Read more about it.

Telephone Town Hall meetings held

Several RTD board directors hosted telephone town hall meetings in May and June. Thousands of people were able to call in and find out the latest information about the Northwest Rail Line and the FasTracks program in general.

You can listen to an audio recording or read a transcript from the telephone town hall meeting for your district.

Find out which district you live in here.

Slideshow: Sheridan Blvd. bridge demolition


U.S. 36 bus riders weigh in on preferred buses for BRT service

An overwhelming majority of Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus passengers who ride daily along U.S. 36 said they preferred to ride in an over-the-road coach bus, versus a vehicle with low floor and fast boarding characteristics, according to a
new ridership survey by RTD.

Eighty-six percent of current passengers surveyed said they preferred riding in a coach-type bus and placed the most value on a smooth, quiet ride and space for their belongings. The findings are important as RTD staff considers a bus vehicle design for the planned U.S. 36 bus rapid transit (BRT) service between Table Mesa Park-n-Ride in Boulder and Union Station in downtown Denver. Read more about the survey here.

Construction on Phase 2 of US 36 express lanes project begins, public meetings scheduled

Construction has begun on Phase 2 of the US 36 Express Lanes Project. In April, Plenary Roads Denver was selected as the concessionaire for this phase, which will complete improvements to the entire US 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder.

Phase 2 extends the express lane in each direction from 88th Street in Louisville to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. The project will open to the public in 2016.
Additional Phase 2 project elements include the replacement of the Coal Creek bridge, the rehabilitation of the South Boulder Creek bridge and widening the McCaslin Boulevard bridge to accommodate a diverging diamond interchange.

New Uptown Avenue Bridge opens over US 36

The construction is done on one section of U.S. 36 and another milestone is reached on the project to bring express lanes for RTD's bus rapid transit buses as well as high occupancy vehicles along the highway to Boulder.

Ribbon cutting at Uptown Avenue bridge opening over U.S. 36. From left to right: RTD Director Judy Lubow, Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn, Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally, Tim Harris (CDOT), John Carter (FHWA)
Uptown Avenue bridge ribbon cutting. From left to right: RTD Director Judy Lubow, Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn, Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally, Tim Harris (CDOT), John Carter (FHWA)

Dignitaries helped open the brand new Uptown Avenue (Old Wadsworth) bridge over U.S. 36 Oct. 15, 2013. It's one of five bridges replacing old ones as part of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project.

RTD Board Director Judy Lubow speaks during opening of Uptown Avenue bridge over U.S. 36This is all part of RTD's joint project with the Colorado Department of Transportation to build the express lanes in each direction for
our BRT buses and vehicles carrying more than one person. These lanes are scheduled to open in 2016.

RTD Board Director Judy Lubow spoke at the ribbon cutting, which was complete with celebration balloons and a vintage car. Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn, Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally, Tim Harris of CDOT and John Carter with the Federal Highway Administration helped acknowledge the progress on the project as well. Vehicles started using the new bridge right after the ceremony was finished.

Bridge Demolished on US 36

The first of the old major bridges on the US 36 Express Lanes Project has been demolished. Construction crews tore down the 112th Avenue/Old Wadsworth bridge over U.S. 36. Close to 100,000 pounds of steel were salvaged from the demolition and recycled.

Spectacular backdrop for US 36 BRT progress

Crews recently closed the eastbound off-ramp from U.S. 36 to install a pedestrian crossing box as part of RTD's U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit project.

Setting sun lights up storm behind US 36 project. Crews installed a pedestrian box on eastbound Wadsworth off-ramp. July 20, 2013
Sunset at the construction zone, eastbound U.S. 36 off-ramp to
Wadsworth Pkwy. July 20, 2013

This required a closure of the ramp from Friday, July 19, 2013 to Monday, July 22. It took about 58 hours to finish the job. The roadway had to be excavated, the box placed and then the road had to be resurfaced prior to reopening.

This culvert will serve as the pedestrian/bike crossing for the future bike path for the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project.

Stories Along the Line

FasTracks will connect people from all over metro Denver to some interesting places with colorful pasts. Have some fun and learn some little known facts in our new FasTracks feature, Stories Along the Line. Follow the link to see where our first story takes us.

Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle on Display

As part of the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) public education on bus rapid transit (BRT), an example of a BRT vehicle was on display recently in downtown Denver and in the northwest service area. This vehicle is just one of many types of BRT vehicles available.

A bus rapid transit vehicle from the Roaring Fork Transit Authority was on display in downtown Denver and the RTD northwest service areaA BRT vehicle from the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority in Aspen was on display in Denver and the northwest service area. July 23, 2013

Potential riders of the new bus rapid transit system that is under construction on U.S. 36 took a look at the bus that was in town from the Roaring Fork Transit Authority in the Aspen area. The RFTA is putting these BRT vehicles into service in September.

Table Mesa Pedestrian Bridge is open

Table Mesa Pedestrian Bridge

RTD's FasTracks program achieved yet another milestone. The Table Mesa pedestrian bridge and associated elevators, stairs and boarding plaza are all open.

Passengers using the new Table Mesa pedestrian bridge took part in a special event marking the opening of the bridge.On Monday, April 29, 2013, nearly 400 commuters used the new Table Mesa pedestrian bridge to catch their eastbound bus at Table Mesa Dr.! Fresh fruit, granola bars and juice greeted riders as they waited for their bus.

Table Mesa Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The ceremony took place Friday, May 10 with comments from RTD Director Chuck Sisk, Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum, Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner and RTD General Manager Phil Washington.

The Table Mesa Bridge was set in place in September 2012 and connects the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride with eastbound bus connections, saving two-to-three minutes of travel time for commuters heading to Denver from Boulder.

The bridge is an integral part of the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit project. A collaborative partnership between RTD and CDOT, the BRT project will provide 18 miles of bus rapid transit service between downtown Denver and Boulder along US Highway 36.

Concessionaire selected for US 36 Phase II construction

On April 5, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) selected Plenary Roads Denver as the concessionaire for the final phase of the US 36 Express Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit project between 88th Street and Table Mesa. This will complete improvements to the entire US 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder.

The project is CDOT's first public-private partnership (P3), a partnership where the public and private sectors team together to provide transportation improvements and services to the public. CDOT and HPTE will enter into a 50-year agreement with Plenary Roads Denver. The team is comprised of The Plenary Group (team lead and managing partner); Ames Construction (construction); Granite Construction (construction); HDR (engineering design); Transfield Services (maintenance); and Goldman Sachs (financial advisor). For more information, click here.

Chuck Sisk sworn in as new District O RTD Board Member

At a special Board meeting on February 5, ChuckSisk was sworn in as RTD's newest Board member. The Boulder County Board of Commissioners appointed Sisk to fill the vacancy until voters choose a Director for District O in November 2014. Director Sisk succeeds John Tayer, who resigned after being named president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.

District O includes Boulder, Louisville, Superior, Lyons, Hygiene, Niwot and Gunbarrel, as well as parts of Longmont southwest of Mountain View Avenue and Hover Street.

Director Sisk served for eight years as mayor of Louisville and has served on a regional coalition of mayors and county commissioners promoting multi-modal transportation improvements for the U.S. Highway 36 corridor and was chair of the Metro Mayors Caucus in 2007. He is currently a member of the 36 Commuting Solutions, a private and public advocacy group for multi-modal transportation solutions, and is a partner in Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore LLP, a Boulder-based law firm. He's also a former (20-year) college football referee in the Mountain West Athletic Conference.

US 36 Station canopy design selected

The design for the new canopies for the BRT stations along US 36 has been selected. This rendering is a conceptual drawing of the winning design. The final color scheme will be selected in 2013.

Construction underway on US 36 Express Lanes

On July 22, 2012, CDOT and RTD began construction on the US 36 Express Lanes Project. This $312 million multi-modal project along US 36 between Federal Boulevard and 88th Street in Louisville/Superior will build an express lane in each direction to accommodate HOV, Bus Rapid Transit and tolled Single Occupancy Vehicles. In addition, the project will replace several bridges, build a commuter bikeway, add Bus Rapid Transit improvements, and install Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit, and traveler information, and incident management. The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2015. For more information, please click here.

The Ames Granite Joint Venture team is the design-build contractor for the project, which is scheduled to open to the public in January 2015. Public meetings were conducted in Broomfield, Westminster and Boulder.

RTD commits $15 million for Express Lane build-out to Table Mesa

On July 24, the RTD Board of Directors unanimously voted to commit $15 million to CDOT and the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise for phase 2 of the US 36 express lanes project, which will extend from 88th St. to Table Mesa. A 2.5 percent local match will be provided by the corridor's stakeholders.

Ames/Granite Joint Venture was chosen as the design-build contractor for the managed lanes to 88th Street (approximately 1.5 miles west of Interlocken/96th Street). The project is scheduled to be completed by January 2015, which is ahead of schedule by about five months.

For more information on this project, click here.
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