Colorado / Wyoming Transit Feasibility Study Self-Guided Meeting

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About the Study

The CO-WY Transit Feasibility Study examined transit needs, routing, amenities, and the overall benefits of transit to communities in the North Front Range region of Colorado and the Cheyenne, Wyoming area.

This feasibility analysis builds on recent and ongoing planning efforts, examining travel markets, population/employment growth, and other infrastructure improvements across the two regions. It also examines existing service models (like Bustang) and evaluates how to maximize connectivity for users through integration with local transit providers.

The project team has developed a recommended transit service guided by technical analysis, stakeholder recommendations, and community input.

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Basemap of North Front Range region of Colorado and the Cheyenne, Wyoming area.

Why Transit Between Northern Colorado and Cheyenne?

The need for a reliable regional transit connection between the North Front Range of Colorado and the Cheyenne area is indicated by the following:

  • Road Icon30,000 vehicle trips cross the CO-WY border via I-25 / US 85 daily. About 7,000 of these trips begin and end in the Cheyenne and North Front Range regions.
  • Growth Chart Icon Strong population/employment growth in the region
  • Bus Icon Limited existing transit service between the regions
  • Thumbs up Icon Past planning efforts and area stakeholders show support for a regional transit connection
  • Bus and Person Icon Transit systems connect people to opportunity and advance equity
  • Leaf Icon Transit services help reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions

Transit Focus Area

Based on the transit market analysis, transit focus areas were identified in the Cheyenne area and the North Front Range region, as shown on the map. A set of initial transit alignments was developed to serve the region and these transit focus areas in particular. Explore the initial transit alignments on the next slide.

Initial Alignments

Below are the initial alignments that we analyzed.

What we heard from you

The previous online meeting held in October had 1,119 visitors and collected 322 survey responses. The project team analyzed the input to incorporate in the recommended alignment. Below are the highlights of the results.

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    1,119 Meeting Site Visitors
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    322 Survey Responses
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    288 Open-ended responses
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    56% of respondents live in Cheyenne area
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    Top 3 Preferred Routes:
    • Alignment 5 – Cheyenne to Ft Collins & Loveland Loop
    • Alignment 1 – Cheyenne to Ft Collins
    • Alignment 2 – Cheyenne to Ft Collins & Loveland
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    Most commonly mentioned destination? Ft Collins (72% of respondents)
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    Top trip purposes?
    Shopping, Entertainment, and Work
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    What days do you generally travel? Mix of both weekends and weekdays
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    Time of Day of Travel?
    Predominantly mid-day and peak hours
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    Would you use a high-quality, reliable transit service between Cheyenne and northern CO? 92% say yes or maybe

Alternatives Screening Process

A screening process was developed to analyze the initial alternatives and select a recommended alignment. The screening process included five scoring criteria:

  • Connectivity
  • Feasibility
  • Stakeholder / Community Support
  • Equity
  • Environmental Health
Alternative Screening Process: Connectivity, Feasibility, Stakeholder / Community Support, Equity, Environmental Health

Recommended Alignment Results

Recommended Alignment – Alignment 1

Why is this the recommended alignment?

  • Connectivity: Stops at major hubs/activity centers
  • Feasibility: Serves highest trip patterns at lowest overall cost
  • Stakeholder/Community Support: Supported by both stakeholders and general public
  • Equity: Serves high transit propensity users and environmental justice communities
  • Environmental/Health: Highest environmental score

The recommended alignment includes stops in downtown Cheyenne and downtown Fort Collins with optional stops in Wellington and along Mulberry. From Fort Collins to Wellington, the route alignment may travel along I-25/Mulberry or along SH 1. Route alignment and optional stops will be considered during final planning of the recommended route.

Alignment 1:
Cheyenne to Fort Collins

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Provide your input!

We need your input! The project team wants to make sure to consider your needs and desires for transit between the North Front Range region of Colorado and the Cheyenne, Wyoming area. Please take a few minutes to take the survey below.

What’s Next?

Next steps for the project team include the following:

  • Finalize the recommended alignment’s service plan:
    • Determine number of trips per weekday/weekend
    • Identify times of day for service
    • Determine frequency of the service
  • Estimate annual costs for the service
  • Identify potential funding sources
  • Develop a timeline for implementation of the recommended service

The study report will be finalized by end of 2022.

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Next Steps

The study is ending in late 2022 / early 2023. If you’d like to stay involved as the recommendations move forward, fill out the form below.

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