Public invited to learn about state of city’s transportation system and ConnectCOS, a 20-year plan for safe, accessible travel during public meeting Feb. 18

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The public is invited to a virtual public meeting Thursday, Feb. 18 to learn about residents’ transportations preferences and the results of a citizen review of transportation challenges and opportunities in the areas of driving, walking, bicycling, and using public transportation. Participants will hear about the state of Colorado Springs’ transportation system and learn about ConnectCOS, a citywide visionary study designed to meet the evolving transportation needs of its residents.

Online public meeting information

Thursday, Feb. 18, 5:30 -7 p.m.
Pre-register today by using this link: bit.ly/ConnectCOSRegistration

Participants will have the option to select computer generated captions.
The meeting recording and presentation materials will be available on the project website Feb 19.

Visit ColoradoSprings.gov/ConnectCOS for more information.

ConnectCOS seeks to address the tremendous growth that has recently taken place and will build on years of study and analysis to identify transportation improvements and the strategic steps necessary to ensure an efficient, accessible, safe, and well-connected network,” said Todd Frisbie, Traffic Engineer for the City of Colorado Springs. “As we move forward with developing a long term transportation plan for our community we look to residents to provide insight to help us create a transportation roadmap that reflects the evolving needs of our community,”

In September, the Colorado Springs Traffic Engineering Division asked residents to share their transportation preferences of how they like to get around town in a survey and to identify specific transportation challenges they encounter on an interactive map. Results from the survey and map will be shared at the Feb. 18 meeting.

Next steps

The City will continue to engage the public at key study milestones. Feedback collected will help inform the project team’s ongoing analysis as they begin to identify investment strategies and draft recommendations for ConnectCOS Transportation Plan by early fall 2021.

About the Plan

Colorado Springs’ last transportation plan (The Intermodal Transportation Plan) was created in 2001. In the two decades since, transportation planning has transformed with emerging technologies, changing demographics in the city, and increasing travel choices.

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.

In 2019, the City underwent a robust public process to capture the community’s values and identify goals for the next twenty years in an effort known as PlanCOS. 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., 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.

 

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