Q&A with Colfax Corridor Connections Project Manager
Question: What transportation alternatives are being considered?
Answer: Colfax Corridor Connections is evaluating many transit and multi-modal alternatives. Potential options include revised operations of existing transit routes, use of larger buses, bus rapid transit (BRT), transit-only lanes, streetcar service, light rail, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and more. Combinations of options will also be used to create alternatives, such as enhanced bus service with pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
Q: What factors are taken into consideration when evaluating alternatives?
Answer: The project’s multi-level screening process considers more factors and more detail in each phase of evaluation. The current, preliminary screening phase, conducts a pass/fail analysis to identify solutions with no reasonable chance for implementation. Those that have a “fatal flaw” – because of cost, irresolvable impacts or technical challenges – are eliminated from further consideration. During the more detailed levels of evaluation, in-depth quantitative analyses are applied, such as community and environmental impacts, cost-effectiveness, projected ridership, local land-use plans and how the alternatives would improve mobility in the corridor. Public support is another important evaluation criteria considered in the evaluation of alternatives.
Q: Will there be construction? When will it start?
Answer: Not yet. Colfax Corridor Connections will identify an action or set of actions that can be taken to meet transit demand and improve mobility in the East Colfax corridor. This action, or set of actions, would become part of a long-term, cohesive and sustainable transportation plan and implemented as funding becomes available.
Q: What is the best way for me to get involved in this study?
Answer: Public input is vital to making decisions that are in the best overall interest of the communities within the East Colfax corridor. Public workshops will be held during each of the four project phases, with the next meetings tentatively scheduled for early 2013. To get involved and receive project updates, visit www.ColfaxCorridorConnections.com, email the project team at Info@ColfaxCorridorConnections.com or call the project hotline at (303) 223-6595.