The City of Colorado Springs has completed a number of studies to understand and plan for changes that are anticipated in the North Nevada area. These studies have included the Renew North Nevada Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. and associated Transportation Sub-Area Plan, along with plans such as PlanCOS and the Colorado Springs Streetcar Feasibility Study among others. These studies have led to an understanding that the city needs to investigate and plan for alternative transit services to enhance economic development and support the transportation needs of the North Nevada “corridor.” The north-south corridor extends from Downtown to the UCCS campus and considers the area from I-25 to Wahsatch. This study is anticipated to determine the appropriate transit mode, if other than the existing local bus, that will serve the needs of the diverse neighborhoods, major destinations including Downtown and the UCCS campus, and the anticipated growth in the North Nevada area and develop a preferred alignment for this new transit mode.
Draft Project Purpose
The North Nevada Transit Connectivity Study will evaluate the feasibility of alternatives transit services to serve the needs of the North Nevada Avenue corridor and connect the UCCS campus to downtown Colorado Springs. The project will build on previous studies and by using existing transit operations, forecast demographics, and community input, will define the transit needs of the North Nevada Avenue corridor. Through definition of need, the project will select and define a preferred transit technology, alignment, and operational characteristics that best responds to the defined mobility needs of the corridor. Importantly, the project will develop these aspects of a transit service consistent with federal funding requirements including consideration of environmental constraints.
Draft Project Goals
This project will provide a transit service for the North Nevada study area that:
- Improves transit travel time, reliability, and customer convenience
- Increases transit capacity to manage congestion in the corridor
- Improves transit visibility and image through branding
- Improves ease of use for transit by providing real-time information and consistent headways on individual bus routes
- Can be incorporated into corridor redevelopment efforts
- Is consistent with neighborhoodA geographic sub0area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, the period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. plans and contributes to safety, livability, and quality of life
- Provides an improved, direct connection between Downtown Colorado Springs and UC Colorado Springs
- Supports economic development opportunities, including Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), consistent with City plans