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Celebration for completion of US 36 Express Lanes held

Stakeholders along the U.S. 36 corridor celebrated the completion of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project, which made RTD's Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit (BRT) service possible.

US36 completion celebration participants
Speakers at the news conference included (left to right) HPTE Board Chair and CDOT Transportation Commissioner Kathy Gilliland; CDOT Transportation Commissioner Heather Barry; HPTE Director David Spector; Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones; State Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp; Boulder City Councilman Matt Appelbaum; Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner; Superior Mayor Clint Folsom; Louisville Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lipton; RTD Director Chuck Sisk; and Plenary Group Chair Dale Bonne

Officials from RTD, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and area elected officials held a news conference June 13 at the Davidson Mesa scenic overlook along U.S. 36 to commemorate the local, state and federal collaboration that resulted in the construction and completion of the project.

RTD Director Chuck Sisk spoke at the event, highlighting the success of the Flatiron Flyer.

The U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project is a multi-modal project that built an express lane in each direction on the highway, in addition to rebuilding the two free general purpose lanes and widening the shoulder to accommodate bus-on-shoulder operations.

In addition, the project replaced several bridges, built an 18-mile commuter bikeway, added BRT improvements, and installed Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit and traveler information, and incident management.

Phase 1, from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior, opened in July 2015. Phase 2, from 88th Street to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, opened in March 2016.

RTD's Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service began January 3, 2016. 
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