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Process toward creating 20-year transportation plan continues in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- City officials sponsored an interactive virtual public meeting Thursday night, the latest step in the yearlong ConnectCOS transportation study.

The study will lead to an update of the city's previous transportation plan and will result in 20-year plan for safe, efficient, accessible and well-connected travel options in and around the city.

Thursday's 90-minute meeting allowed the public to comment on a monthlong citizen survey last year involving 1,700 residents.

The survey, conducted by a consultant, focused on questions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the city’s current transportation system and solicited information related to travel habits and needs.

Among the survey's findings was that 98% of respondents own at least one vehicle, 65% want more transportation options such as walking, biking and public transit and 50% want better wheelchair access.

Using the information collected and public feedback, the ConnectCOS team will identify and prioritize areas of need and formulate potential strategies to address them.

"We'll eventually determine where transportation improvements will be made, how much they'll cost and how to pay for them," said Todd Frisbie, the city's traffic engineer. "We'll also consider if we'll need to build new streets and roads to ease traffic congestion on busy corridors like Academy Boulevard."

Frisbie said that Fillmore Street, particularly east of Interstate 25, was considered one of the most congested in the survey.

"It's hard right now to know what to do with it," he said. "It's a narrow corridor with businesses right up against it, but it's also an east-west corridor and we have issues with some of those. We'll have to find a way to make traffic flow more smoothly."

The plan also will take other transportation modes, such as bicycles and public transit, into consideration.

"I think they need more buses and more frequent times going the same way, because sometimes you have to wait," said resident Debbie Young. "More bike trails for people who want to do it."

Anthony Giron said that the city generally does an acceptable job on transportation -- with one exception.

"I really would ride my bike to work, which is about 7 miles away from my house, except that I'd have to ride on a real (congested) area like Powers and Fountain," he said.

Officials expect to have a final plan ready for City Council approval by the end of the year.

For more information about the ConnectCOS process, visit: https://coloradosprings.gov/project/connectcos.

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Scott Harrison

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  1. They did this before the recession a long time ago. Back when they were turning off street lights.
    They keep coming up with surveys, studies and plans but never follow through. Then they do dumb stuff like put in bike lanes that never get used and cause more car traffic jams.

  2. Moreover, what did it cost the general fund to have this survey done? How much of our tax revenue has to go to payback the general fund for this survey that city council will shoot down? I’m willing to bet that since it has nothing to do with Olympic City USA motif or Militaryville or Contractorutopia, that this will not go far, besides this may help the citizens too much.

  3. You can bet this plan is full of nonsense like that idea of a train going to UCCS from downtown.

    The first thing this city needs to do is to stop spreading towards Kansas, as there is no transportation plan that can address people spread out over 500 square miles.

  4. “Frisbie said that Fillmore Street, particularly east of Interstate 25, was considered one of the most congested in the survey.”
    .
    No kidding? So what does that mean? It means the the millions you spent on your fancy “diverging diamond” over I-25 was a complete waste of taxpayer money, it fixed nothing! And now you want to build another one at Powers and Research?

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