US 36 Express Lanes Project Phase 1 Opening: Help Celebrate How Far We Have Come

Exciting progress is occurring on the US 36 corridor and a grand opening will occur for Phase 1 of the US 36 Express Lanes Project on June 22, 2015.

The two general purpose lanes will be available to everyone, and there will be an Express Lane from Westminster to Louisville. As a joint commitment to our region, 36 Commuting Solutions and its regional partners have been working together to transform the US 36 corridor into a multi-modal corridor, which will provide the community with numerous viable travel options. Partners include the Colorado Department of Transportation, the High Performance Transportation Enterprise, the Regional Transportation District, and the US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition.

36 Commuting Solutions is thrilled for the businesses and residents in the Westminster and Broomfield area, as well as commuters traveling in between, who will now have a 21st Century roadway to travel. However, there is so much more to the story than just the highway improvements. This transportation investment is also implementing the RTD FasTracks voter-approved US 36 Bus Rapid Transit system, a corridor-wide bikeway, and an Express Lane in each direction to facilitate Bus Rapid Transit service and carpools. This innovative project has been in the making since the 1990s, and 36 Commuting Solutions is proud to have been a stakeholder since the beginning.

The second phase of the Express Lanes project to Table Mesa in Boulder will open in early 2016. As part of this, the Flatiron Flyer BRT service will begin. 36 Commuting Solutions has been working closely with RTD on proposed fares and bus service for the Flatiron Flyer. 36 Commuting Solutions has clearly communicated the importance for passengers of the Flatiron Flyer to experience high quality, frequent and reliable service to take advantage of the new Express Lane. This service will be implemented beginning in early 2016.

36 Commuting Solutions is also working on the details for the US 36 Bikeway to ensure clear wayfinding (signage), high quality maintenance is provided during all seasons of the year and that the implementation of the US 36 First and Final Mile study is carried out. The US 36 corridor is being transformed into a multi-modal system that needs to interconnect well in order to attract new active transportation users from the 53 percent growth in new employment and the 28 percent increase in population anticipated by the year 2035.

This Eisenhower-era, 1950s-built former toll road is being transforming into a national model. We can all be proud of its innovation and successful partnership. 36 Commuting Solutions is continuing to work on many fronts to make sure it is the very best innovative project it can be. Count on us to be there.

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Caption: The 36 Commuting Solutions coalition, local community, regional, state and federal partners celebrated the opening of the Phase I of the US 36 Express Lanes Project at a ribbon cutting yesterday. From left: Debra Baskett, Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens, David Genova, Traci Winfree, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez, Heather Balser, Audrey DeBarros.



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