ConnectCOS

Planning Phase

About the Project

Colorado Springs is launching a citywide visionary transportation study, ConnectCOS to help create a transportation plan that reflects the evolving needs of our community

The city has changed a lot since the last update to our major transportation plan (the Intermodal Transportation Plan) almost 20 years ago. Now is the time to review our current transportation system and develop a plan to ensure an efficient, accessible, safe, and well-connected network for people who drive, walk, bike and take public transit.

PlanCOS, the City’s comprehensive plan that was adopted by City Council in 2019, outlined big ideas to shape the future of our city. ConnectCOS will lay out the next 20 years of transportation planning, infrastructure, and improvements in Colorado Springs, bringing to life the goals, ideas and community values established in PlanCOS.

ConnectCOS is a year-long study that will involve a significant technical analysis, and robust community engagement effort, to identify and prioritize short and long-term transportation projects to ensure that people who live, work and play in Colorado Springs have an opportunity to participate in the study.

Draft Project Goals

There are six major goal areas that build on the full range of opportunities identified in ConnectCOS:

  • Efficient
  • Sustainable
  • Reliable
  • Accessible
  • Connected
  • Safe

Over the next several months the project team will continue to refine the goals of ConnectCOS to meet the needs of the community. Please check back soon to take our transportation survey that will help inform the final goals.  

Priority Corridors:

The six-mile Platte Avenue Corridor, that extends from I-25 to Powers Boulevard, has been selected as the first Priority Corridor for analysis through the ConnectCOS study. For more information about this corridor study and to participate visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/PlatteAveCorrirdor.

Survey Results

The ConnectCOS digital community survey opened to the public on July 15th, 2021 and closed on August 8th, 2021. More than 800 people responded to the survey; view the demographic summary of our survey respondents here. Colorado Springs residents were invited to provide input during this timeframe on draft scenarios and priorities to improve the city’s transportation plan as part of ConnectCOS, a citywide visionary transportation study.

Residents who participated in the digital survey provided perspectives and response towards strategies for enhancing the city’s transportation system to create more safe, efficient, accessible, equitable, sustainable and connected modes of travel.

The results from this public survey are included in the link below and will help shape the draft citywide transportation plan that is anticipated to be ready for public review in early 2022.

About ConnectCOS
Colorado Springs is currently undertaking a citywide visionary study, ConnectCOS, to help create a transportation plan that reflects the evolving needs of our community.

ConnectCOS will lay out the next 20 years of transportation planning, infrastructure, and improvements in Colorado Springs to bring to life the goals, ideas, and community values established in PlanCOS, the City's Comprehensive PlanA comprehensive plan is a guiding document that provides a framework for city policies and priorities regarding the physical development of the city. It is a long-range vision of what we want our city to become and is a tool for making decisions about how that vision should be achieved. It outlines strategic steps to make the vision a reality and provides targeted and strategic planning of the physical development of the city. and guiding document for future growth and development in the City. ConnectCOS is dedicated to ensuring the people who live, work and play in Colorado Springs have an opportunity to participate in the study.

View ConnectCOS Survey Summary Report

Project Goals

ConnectCOS is being built on a framework of six goal identified by stakeholder and public input as areas where performance of the existing transportation system should be improved.  This framework guides the analysis process and the development of potential projects and other actions that will improve system performance.  The resulting actions will create a transportation system that is more safe, equitable, sustainable, efficiently reliable, accessible, and connected.

Safe

This goal area reflects a paramount desire of the community to have a safe transportation system. A safety goal of no fatalities or serious injuries involving transportation can be applied to identify and implement countermeasures. 

The ConnectCOS goal framework also considers a wider range of considerations to looks at safety from personal and community perspective.  Example questions include:

  • Do our transportation systems provide personal safety for those accessing mobility systems including those using trails, transit stops, and parking garages.
  • Is our transportation system resilient enough to facilitate emergency and natural disaster response?

Equitable

This goal area captures the concept that investments should enhance mobility and accessibility for everyone.  This concept includes application of limited resources to distribute and adjust the type of investment to be appropriate to user needs.  The term is not the same as equality, but more importantly recognizes that people, neighborhoods, and communities have differing levels and types of needs.

Sustainable

A sustainable transportation system supports the three pillars of sustainability:

  • Economic – A system that is affordable and provides individual and community economic benefit
  • Environmental – A system that supports, protects, and enhances our natural environment including air quality
  • Social – A system that supports our community’s goal for quality of life, health, and well being

The ConnectCOS goal framework considers these elements to identify needs and develop appropriate solutions.

Efficiently Reliable

This unique two-word goal area reflects the balance necessary between having a perfectly reliable system and being efficient with limited resources.  Both aspects are desired but are usually in conflict.  For example, a roadway corridor that never experiences slow-downs or congestion may be desirable, but the necessary costs and impacts of building such facilities may not be the most efficient.

Accessible

An accessible transportation system as viewed in the ConnectCOS goal framework provides intuitive choices for all users.  It is easy to find your way across town or across the intersection regardless of your mode of travel.  Connections between modes are comfortable including those who transition from driving to being a pedestrian to get from your parking to your destination. 

Connected

A connected transportation system enables all users to move from homes to services, work to recreation areas, and businesses to shopping destinations.  It also connects us to a larger economy beyond the Pikes Peak region.  A truly connected system also connects to adjacent land uses, rather than conflict with them.  Transportation choices influence land uses both positively and negatively and the right investments in transportation will positively shape our city’s future.

Project Materials

Previous Engagement

September 2020 Survey Results

Approximately 1,700 Colorado Springs residents responded to the ConnectCOS transportation survey from August 19 – September 21, 2020 (thank you for your participation!). A summary of the results is now available for your review. The survey focused on questions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the City’s current transportation system and solicited information related to travel habits and needs of our community. The results will support ConnectCOS planning efforts to establish a 20-year plan to meet evolving mobility needs of our community. Key highlights from the survey include:

  • 98% of survey respondents have at least one vehicle, however, 65% of respondents feel it is extremely important to have transportation choices such as walking, biking, and taking the bus.
  • The community identified the presence of numerous trails as a top strength of the City’s transportation network.
  • Over 50% of respondents feel that it is easy to walk or use a wheelchair to get to the places they need to go within the City.

This survey is the first of many as the ConnectCOS project team continues to engage the community throughout 2021. Full results from this first survey will be shared at our upcoming virtual public meeting, scheduled for February 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Make sure to register here to learn more about the project!

February 2021 Public Meeting

Thursday, February 18

We hope you were able to attend the virtual public meeting and learn more about the unique transportation needs and challenges facing the City of Colorado Springs as we continue to grow. For example, although most people travel by car, many recognize the need to get around town by bike, foot or transit. The 90-minute meeting provided other valuable input collected from a recent community-wide survey, as well as a high-level project overview. If you missed the meeting, materials are now available below. 

View Meeting Presentation | View Meeting Summary

Watch the Meeting

ConnectCOS Virtual Public Meeting

Community Advisory Committee

The ConnectCOS Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will serve as a sounding board and critical conduit between the broader community and project team during this collaborative transportation planning process. The representatives (as seen on the roster below) are from a wide variety of sectors and organizations based in Colorado Springs. They will help share project information to their networks and provide key insights at major technical milestones to assist the City in decision-making. The role and commitment of the CAC is an invaluable element of this year-long planning effort.

CAC Roster

 

First Name

Last Name

Organization

Cindy

Aubrey

Pikes Peak United Way

Carrie

Bartow

Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs

Rachel

Beck

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Patrick  Bowman COS Airport

Kate

Brady

COS Planning/Bicycle

Victoria

Chavez

El Paso County Public Works

Susan

Davies

Trails and Open Space Coalition

Spencer

Dodge

Front Range Passenger Rail Commission

Shane

Ferguson

CDOT

Jen

Furda

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Jim

Godfrey

Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA)

Chelsea

Gondeck

Downtown Partnership

Rodney

Gullatte

Firma IT Solutions

William

Harrell

Citizen Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB)

Nancy Henjum COS City Council

Mark

Hopewell

Active Transportation Advisory Committee

Brett

Lacey

COS Fire Department

Scott

Lee

COS Parking Enterprise

John

Liosatos

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG)

Elena

Nunez

Colorado Springs Utilities

Nicole

Odell

Bike Colorado Springs

John

O'Donnell

Trucking

Karen

Palus

Parks, Rec and Cultural Services

Pat

Rigdon

COS Police Department

Liz

Robertson

Transit Passenger Advisory Committee

Joyce

Salazar

RISE Coalition

Tim

Seibert

Nor'wood

Paul

Spotts

The Independence Center & Community Transit Coalition

Sara

Voss

Council of Neighborhood Organizations

Ann Werner PPACG DoD Liaison

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