Coffman Street Busway Project

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The Coffman Street Busway project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, a world-class, multi-modal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians, commuters, the environment, and the City.

The project has combined community input with technical design expertise to develop a preferred concept. The project will develop additional, innovative ideas to be assessed on how to best meet community and project goals.

Preferred Design Concept: Side-Running Hybrid (Mixed Traffic) Transit

Conceptual-level alternatives were evaluated to determine which more fully meets the following criteria; as a result, the Side-Running Hybrid (Mixed Traffic) Transit was identified as the preferred design concept.

  • Safety
  • Community Character
  • Cost and Maintenance
  • Modal Considerations
    • Transit
    • Pedestrians and bikes
    • Local circulation traffic
    • North-South through traffic

Click here to email the project team

The Coffman Street Busway project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, a world-class, multi-modal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians, commuters, the environment, and the City.

The project has combined community input with technical design expertise to develop a preferred concept. The project will develop additional, innovative ideas to be assessed on how to best meet community and project goals.

Preferred Design Concept: Side-Running Hybrid (Mixed Traffic) Transit

Conceptual-level alternatives were evaluated to determine which more fully meets the following criteria; as a result, the Side-Running Hybrid (Mixed Traffic) Transit was identified as the preferred design concept.

  • Safety
  • Community Character
  • Cost and Maintenance
  • Modal Considerations
    • Transit
    • Pedestrians and bikes
    • Local circulation traffic
    • North-South through traffic

Click here to email the project team

  • Virtual Open House - Coffman Street Busway Project Boards

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    Si necesita esta información en Español, llame al 303-651-8416.

    Thanks to everyone in the community that came to the Coffman Street Busway Open House on September 27. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the community vision for Coffman Street, including important components such as transit and bike lanes and submit feedback on corridor characteristics such as trees/landscape, parking and bus stops. The project team is in the process of evaluating this feedback for consideration as the project moves to 30% design.

    There is still time to learn more about the project and submit feedback right here on Engage Longmont! View the boards presented at the open house below and visit the “Corridor Characteristics” tab to leave feedback about specific community characteristics along the corridor. The boards are listed by topic or you can download all of the project boards in one PDF file.

    To submit feedback to the project team, please use the Q&A Tool at the tab above, email the project team at coffman.street.project@gmail.com or call 720-340-2115.


    Topic 1 - About the Coffman Street Busway Project

    The Coffman Street Busway Project extends from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue and will become a world-class and truly multimodal corridor. Download the PDF to learn more.

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    Topic 2 - Studies that Envisioned and Created the Project

    Multiple studies envisioned and created the Coffman Street Busway Project, including Envision Longmont, the Enhanced Multi-Use Corridor Plan and the SH 119 Multi-Modal Planning and Environmental Linkages Study. Download the PDF to learn more.

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    Topic 3 - Funding Sources

    Longmont has levered federal and state resources to fund most of the project. Download the PDF to learn more.

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    Topic 4 - Guiding Principals

    Guiding principals aid the project by identifying what the project is seeking to accomplish, ensuring that every project concept developed meets and the vision and narrows and directs interested parties' input and feedback. Download the PDF to learn more.

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    Topic 5 - Vision for Coffman Street

    The Project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, a world-class, cost-effective, multimodal corridor to support residents, businesses, bikes and pedestrians, commuters, the environment and the City. Download the PDF to learn more.


    Topic 6 - Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

    BRT is a quality, proven bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable and reliable service along a designated corridor. The system has limited stops to improve speed, reduce travel time and maximize ridership. Download the PDF to learn more.


    Topic 7 - Concept Evaluation

    Conceptual-level alternatives were evaluated to determine which more fully meets the following criteria; safety, community character, cost and maintenance and modal considerations. Download the PDF to learn more.


    Topic 8 - Parking Data

    There are approximately 240 existing on-street parking stalls on Coffman Street between 1st and 9th Avenue. Less than 20% are typically occupied by adjacent properties during early morning hours and only 35 - 40% are occupied during mid-day. New developments on Coffman Street will offer additional public off-street parking options. Download the PDF to learn more.


    Topic 9 - Visualizations

    The project will bring protected bike lanes, transit, parking and sidewalks and trees for a walkable and vibrant community. Download the PDF to view the Coffman Street Busway visualizations.

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    Topic 10 - Public Engagement

    A variety of public engagement opportunity were available to the community, including a public survey, property-owner questionnaire, adjacent property owner meetings and a public open house. Download the PDF to learn more.


    Topic 11 - Next Steps

    The City of Longmont is leading the development of preliminary design with 60% design to be completed by the end of 2021. Download the PDF to learn more.

  • Sept. 27 Open House for Coffman Street Busway Project

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    The City of Longmont will host a Sept. 27 open house to share information about the Coffman Street Busway Project in downtown Longmont. The event will Coffman Street Busway Project Public Open House Monday, September 27 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the St. Vrain 635 3rd Ave. Longmont - 80501run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The St. Vrain, 635 3rd Ave (on the southeast corner of 3rd Ave. & Coffman St.).

    The open house will feature poster stations where attendees can learn  from the Coffman Street Project Team about the new community vision for Coffman Street, including important components such as transit and bike lanes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit feedback on corridor characteristics such as trees, landscaping, parking and bus stops. Staff from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Boulder County will also be on hand to answer questions regarding transit in the Coffman corridor and the proposed Diagonal Highway (SH-119) bikeway respectively. Spanish interpretation will be available.

    Please note that in compliance with the current Boulder County Public Health Order, masks will be required at this event.  

    If you would like to provide feedback but cannot attend, additional opportunities to learn more about the project and submit feedback will be available right here on Engage Longmont in the coming weeks.

    Click here to see the project website for more information and please reach out to coffman.street.project@gmail.com with any questions.  

  • Community Interests + Concerns Survey Results

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Community Interest + Concerns survey. We had approximately 200 survey responses and 80 people sign-up for future project updates. The key takeaways from the survey are as follows. A full summary of the survey can be downloaded here.

    Stakeholder desire to be involved
    Survey-takers indicated a high level of support for working with the City on the design and development of Coffman Street. Specific comments referred to the importance of engaging neighborhoods and businesses, seniors and people with disabilities, and bicyclists. Additionally, the number of survey responses indicates a high level of interest in the project.

    Safety

    Overwhelmingly, survey-takers advocated for safe design. Safe facilities for cars, pedestrians, bikers, and bus-riders is reflected in the majority of comments, and the topic of safety rose to the top of the three questions. While safety meant different things to different respondents, dominant comments included safer bike lanes, safer pedestrian routes, and increasing safety for drivers.

    People-first design

    Many comments emphasized the importance of protected bike lanes, safe and accessible facilities for pedestrians, options for micro-mobility, and accessibility to the businesses and neighborhoods that Longmont’s residents frequent.

    Car-first design

    Many comments emphasized the importance of providing a design that meets the needs of Coffman Street’s current users. These comments included topics like sufficient parking, improving current traffic and travel-time, providing a safe driving environment, and creating a Coffman Street that has space for car traffic.

    Less is more

    For some survey-takers, Coffman Street could be improved but does not need to be revolutionized. These respondents advocated for a less-is-more approach to improvements, such as simpler upgrades for bikes or retiming of traffic lights to improve traffic flows.

    Trees and Longmont’s character

    The characteristics that survey-takers highlighted as important to Longmont include its historic buildings, old trees, and general aesthetic. Preserving and protecting the trees in particular were important to respondents because of their age, beauty, and climate-change benefit.

    Impacts during construction

    For many respondents, the primary concern about the project related to impacts during and caused by the construction process. These concerns included impacts like noise, dust, traffic delays, road closures, and business accessibility. Additionally, concerns were tied to the timeline for construction and, for a few respondents, whether construction would adversely impact peak business days.

    Cost and funding

    Survey-takers asked questions about the project cost, funding sources, and whether taxpayer dollars would be used to fund the project. On occasion, this topic was tied to project equity, ie. ensuring that other areas in Longmont would also benefit from planning projects.

    Relationship to Main Street

    Survey-takers asked many questions and provided a range of input relating to Coffman Street’s relationship to Main Street. Opinions ranged across a broad spectrum--from making Main Street a pedestrian-only route, to 2 moving all buses to Coffman, to reopening “covid-lanes” on Main for car use. However, the relationship between the two streets is an area of importance to many stakeholders.

    The Coffman Street Project Team extends a sincere thanks to everyone in our community who took the time to participate in the survey. These results will inform how we move forward on the project. Stay tuned for additional engagement opportunities in early fall of this year.

  • City Launches Coffman Street Busway Survey

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    The Coffman Street Busway project site is in the City of Longmont and extends from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue. The project includes the construction of multimodal roadway improvements including travel lanes, bus lanes, bike lanes, on-street parking, landscaping, and wide sidewalks within the existing approximately 100-ft right-of-way. Corridor improvements also include traffic signal modifications, utility relocations and upgrades, stormwater facilities, irrigation, lighting, electrical, and urban design elements.

    The vision of the project is to make Coffman Street a world-class, multi-modal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bicyclists, pedestrians, and commuters, while protecting the character of the street and the environment. In addition, the project is envisioned to provide direct travel for buses through the downtown core off Main Street.

    Coffman Street was identified as a priority area based on a number of different factors, including public feedback. Prior to implementing an EMUC, the City conducts parking utilization studies, traffic counts and analyzes intersection approach treatments. Public meetings were held in early 2019 to review draft concepts and gather community input on the full EMUC plan. Public meetings specific to Coffman Street are planned throughout the design and construction phases of the project.

    The Coffman Street Busway project is the result of many years of planning and coordination between the City of Longmont and agencies responsible for transportation planning throughout the Front Range of Colorado. The Envision Longmont Multimodal and Comprehensive Plan (2016), the Enhanced Multiuse Corridor Plan (2018), and the SH 119 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study (2019) all identified Coffman Street as a corridor to accommodate Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) through the downtown core of Longmont.

    The survey will be open until June 6.

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    Responde la encuesta en español

  • Boulder and Broomfield Counties See Hope for Transportation Funding (2021)

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    By LUCAS HIGH | BizWest / Daily Camera

  • Funds Ok’d for Three Components of Bus Rapid Transit (2018)

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    By SAM LOUNSBERRY | Boulder Daily Camera

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