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7 - FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) updateCITYOFBOULDER TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY BOARD NON-AGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE: March 13, 2006 AGENDA TITLE: FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) update BACKGROUND: The FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) work program is an effort to ensure that the city and the TMP Action Plan fully respond to the passage of FasTracks and the coming regional transportation investments. The products of this work program will help to shape future Transportation Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Transportation Lnprovement Program (TIP) submittals. The Transportation Advisory Boazd is hosting events with senior staff, property owners and citizens primarily representing the three activity centers (University of Colorado (CU), Downtown Boulder and the Boulder Valley Regional Center). The objectives of this effort include: o Assess current planning efforts by the city of Boulder, CU and other entities to ensure that they fully anticipate the FasTracks investments and integrate planning for FasTracks in their transportation infrastructure, programs and services; o Recognize the unique role each activity center (Boulder Valley Regional Center, CU, Downtown) plays in Boulder and their transportation needs; • Reprioritize and possibly add new projects to accommodate FasTracks o Understand the transportation funding situation of each entity and their ability to accommodate the FasTracks project needs; and o Recommend implementation options, develop a"To Do" list of inethods to move this effort forward and deternune who will implement the vazious pieces. Two of the four events planned for the FLO committee have occuned, included the tour of the T-Rex project on Dec. 16, 2005 and the first meeting on Feb. 2, 2006. At the Feb. 2 meeting, the committee brainstormed the high level facilities, programs and services that need to be implemented in order to optimize the FasTracks improvements. These individual ideas are included in Attachment A-"Februazy 2, 2006 FLO Meeting Notes." The committee also reviewed the various planning efforts that will assist Boulder with the opportunities of FasTracks improvements, including the US 36 Environmental Impact Statement, Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, Boulder County Transit Service Enhancement Plan, city of Boulder Transportation Master Plan, University of Colorado micro-master plan for transportation, Boulder Transit Village Area Plan, Boulder Valley Regional Center and the Downtown Boulder Transportation Access Study. AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 1 Prior to its second meeting, the FLO committee members have been asked to think about and give their [houghts on the following questions: ~ Out of all of the facilities, programs and services that were listed, what aze the top two that should be worked on to optimize the benefits of the FasTracks improvements? Why are those the most important? ~ What will be a significant hurdle(s) for Boulder to overcome as it gets ready for the FasTracks improvements? The discussion and feedback will help to shape the "To Do" list and identify issues to address in order to be ready for the FasTracks improvements. TAB DISCUSSION AND INPUT: Staff requests that TAB provide input and direction on the following items: 1. Out of all of the faciliUes, programs and services that were listed, what aze the top two that should be worked on to optimize the benefits of the FasTracks improvements? Why are those the most important? 2. What will be a significant hurdle(s) for Boulder to overcome as it gets ready for the FasTracks improvements? NEXT STEPS: The next FLO meeting is planned to occur in eazly April. At this meeting, the committee will review the FasTracks "To Do" list and understand who is implementing the item and when that will happen. ATTACHMENT: Attachment A- February 2, 2006 FLO Meeting Notes AGENDA ITEM q PAGE 2 February 2, 2006 FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) Meeting Notes Andy Schultheiss, one of two City Councilmembers on the FLO committee, began the meeting by welcoming the group of participants and describing some of the sights seen and lessons learned during the T-Rex project tour in Denver on December 16, 2005. He told the group iYs the right timing for these discussions since these transit improvements will be transforming the city and its urban form and we need to make sure we're ready when these regional transportation improvements are installed. Bill Roettker, Vice Chairperson of the TranspoRation Advisory Boazd (TAB), provided an overview of the purpose of FLO and this first meeting. The TAB is hosting the discussions which aze intended to make sure we're ready for the FasTracks improvements that aze coming to Boulder and serving the Downtown, CU, and Boulder Valley Regional Center activity centers. FasTracks is an opportunity to provide more regional and local transportation options, as well as shift the mindset of residents and commuters as to what options they will take. Barbaza I.ewis, meeting facilitator, reviewed proposed guidelines for working together as a committee. These are: • Listen Carefully- Share the airtime • Keep on track- Eye on the ball • Think creatively and take risks • Respect different views • Look for common ground • Help the facilitator Barbara also asked people to recall other committees they have participated in and why they worked well or not so well. If there are suggestions of additional guidelines, please send them to Noreen Walsh at walshn@ci.boulder.co.us. The first portion of the meeting was a Brainstornung session on the facilities, services or programs needed to be created or enhanced to be ready for the FasTracks improvements and changes to Boulder. Prior to the brainstornung session, Noreen Walsh reviewed what FasTracks improvements - commuter rail and bus rapid transit - will look like and mean for Boulder with a series of slides. The first question posed to the group was "Think about how FasTracks will change Boulder. Ideally, what will it do for your interest groups?". The following thoughts were expressed by the committee members. 1. Different options/ways to get azound o Transit as first option o Change mindset of travelers 2. Makes Boulder a regional place o Which enriches Boulder 3. Improve traffic conditions o More buses, more ridership on buses 4. Construction impacts, then rebirth o Easier to get in and out of downtown o I.ess parking demand, fewer structures February 2, 2006 FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) Meeting Notes 5. More people living outside Boulder and commuting into Boulder to get to school or work o Need effective transit to get into Boulder o Far[her commutes 6. Enhances transit service to BVRC and CU o Enhances connections to/between the three activity centers Big modal shift to transit 8. Capitalizing on redevelopment potential neaz the transit improved azeas o Directing future redevelopment 9. Marrying 29`h Street and Downtown o Human scale transit connections- Bike, pedestrian, streetcar focus 10. Need to address employee base o Lafayette, L,ouisville - regional transit o City, local transportation important I 1. Connecting various places in Boulder County 12. Construction period- opportunity to provide transit options and have people use them- mode shift o Service to industrial azea 13. Region and community defining opportunity o Reinvent Folsom east to match with Folsom west 14. Diversity of transit options- Increased mobility o Working together to improve connections between the acUvity centers and Williams Village o Reinforce Transit Oriented Development (TOD) o Connect to Buff Bus o L.ooking at time of day mobility 15. Helping with transportation needs of lower wage employees o Make 29`h Street more competitive with other retail shopping centers and able to conduct transactions 16. Details are important 17. A focus on the pedestrian, access 18. Exodus of students, make commuting cost less o EcoPass is key o Better access to campus from other communities 19. Convenience o Increase in riders for the HOP, maybe a mode shift o How the system serves the 15,000 bicyclists-how to serve inter-modalism o Feeder routes important 20. More of an urban feel from the area that is redeveloped- for example, Boulder Transit Village (BTV) o Bringing forth diversity 21. Challenge to address FASTRACKS investments and not ignore other needs o Good local transit, bike, pedestrian connections aze important 22. Where the improvements go, they expand to where people live and work. The second question posed to the committee was "What needs to happen to make this change come about? What "high level" facilities or programs need to be created or enhanced? The February 2, 2006 FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) Meeting Notes committee wrote down their ideas and placed them in one of the 3 categories: Facilities, Programs and Services. The following is a summazy of the brainstorming: Facilities • UMC intermodal center • Re-modeUexpand downtown bus station (14`h and Walnut transit center) • Williams Village transit super stop • Include 63`d, Arapahoe and Table Mesa Pazk-n-Ride as distribution points • 28~n Street super stop- Colorado Avenue • Expand Park-n-Ride capacity • Broadway and 28~h need to flow • Regional transit network • Buses to be train-like • Boulder Transit Village vitality 24-7 • Density • Walkable, service oriented TOD stops • Develop a pazking district- CAGID as a model? • Human scaled connections: tunnels, large sidewalks • Bike capacity on busses and trains • Bike lockers at regional connections • Beautiful public spaces neaz each center • Information about transit services and wa~nding signage so people know how to use them • Create seamless transition between "modes" Programs • New transit funding model to address growth- perhaps state transit funding • Funding the Action Plan of the TMP • Federal funding strategy • CU transit center funding - Federal • Comprehensive city-wide bicycle rental system • Bike pool programs at employers • Hybrid small vehicle "task lisY'- caz share program • EcoPass funding • Wide community buy-in • Shared pazking facilities • No free parking • Community transit pass or city business-wide EcoPass; Eco Pass- Price/RTD continued service or replacement • TDM programs during the several yeazs of construction • Transit review in development plans • Enhance Park-n-Ride to major CU events • Broaden outreach to other cultural resources • Maintain/Enhance regional (all of Boulder) retail in azea February 2, 2006 FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) Meeting Notes • Get employers involved in transit programs- more Transportation Management Organizations (TMO) • Good commuter level of service (LOS) by time of day- AM to CU, PM to home Services • Transit and enhanced Ped/Bike connections between Boulder Transit Village and the East Boulder business area • Feeder connections- Increased RTD, CTN, Buff Bus and Bike/Ped between the 3 activity centers • Fast, easy connections • Economic vitality: Boulder Breeze streetcar • Expand the service uea to the East, to 63`d Street at least • Coordinate transfers between local and regional service •"Real Time" GPS bus/train tracking system • Concierge at transit village for guests • How do Bolt, Jump, Dash, N and Y fit in? • Tourist friendly in-town rail circulator • Link to Boulder County Consortium of Cities (BCCC) Transit Service Enhancement Plan • Smooth transition through construction • Improve pedestrian "safety" • Allow and encourage bicycles on all transit- BRT and rail • Aerial gondola circulator • Overhead monorail between 29`h Street Mall and Peazl Street Mall, or some other unique method: people mover, streetcar, trolley, etc. The second part of the meeting was a review of the various planning efforts in Boulder that will assist Boulder with the opportunities of FasTracks improvements. These aze the US 36 Environmental Impact Statement, Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, Boulder County Transit Service Enhancement Plan, city of Boulder Transportation Master Plan, University of Colorado micro-master plan for transportation, Boulder Transit Village Area Plan, Boulder Valley Regional Center and the Downtown Boulder Transportation Access Study. A two page written summary was provided as well as a short presentation highlighting the plan's purpose, status and challenges. With the ume remaining, the group started discussions about which facilities, programs and services were essential and prioritized the list above. While the process was not completed, the following were identified as high priority: The facilities identified as high priority were: • Re-modeUexpand downtown station (14`h and Walnut transit center) • UMC inter-modal center • Williams Village transit super stop The programs identified as high priority were: • New transit funding model to address growth- perhaps state transit funding • Funding the Action Plan of the TMP February 2, 2006 FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) Meeting Notes • Federal funding strategy • Hybrid small vehicle "task list°- car share program • EcoPass funding The services identified as high priority were: • Transit and enhanced Ped/Bike connections between Boulder Transit Village and the East Boulder business azea • Fast, easy connections • Economic vitality: Boulder Breeze streetcaz • Allow and encourage bicycles on all transit- BRT and rail • Feeder connections- Increased RTD, CTN, Buff Bus and Bike/Ped between the 3 activity centers Further discussion about which facilities, programs and services most important to have in place for the FasTracks improvements will take place via the discussion group on Yahoo. An email will be sent to the committee participants inviting them into the group discussion. The meeting was ended at 930; notice for meeting #2 will be sent shortly. At the next meeting participants will look at which essential facilities, programs a~d services are funded or planned to be funded and built. Information regazding the travel needs and mazkets of FasTracks users also will be provided. FLO Committee Members - Sign In Sheet February 1, 2006 Lain Adams X Jeff Becker X Tim Blumenthal David Cook X Jeff Dunning X Greg Fisher X Susan Graf Stephanie Grainger Betsy Hand X Graham Hill X Krista Nordback X Andy James George Karekehian David Krutsinger Jerry Lee X Sean Maher Ruth McHeyser X February 2, 2006 FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) Meeting Notes Dick McLean Matt McMullen X Steve Peters X Brad Power X Bill Roettker X Peter Roper X Martha Roskowski X Randall Rutsch X Andy Schultheiss X John Spitzer Jack Stoakes X Mike Sweeney X Tim Swope X Paul Tabolt Steve Thweatt X Will Toor Noreen Walsh X Bob Whitson x Amy Wiedeman Tracy Winfree Molly Winter X=Attended meetin