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Action Minutes - Transportation - 12/11/2000• CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING SUMMARY FORM NAME OF BOARD /COMMISSION: Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) DATE OF MEETING: December 11, 2000 NAME/TELEPHONE OF PERSON PREPARING SUMMARY: Robin Madel, 303 - 441 -4073 NAMES OF MEMBERS, STAFF AND INVITED GUESTS PRESENT: Board Members -John Tayer, Chair; Alison Richards; Brant Liebmann; Jim Rettew; Terry Struthers Staff — Joe Perone; Micki Kaplan; Robin Madel, Secretary WHAT TYPE OF MEETING (HIGHLIGHT ONE) [REGULAR] [SPECIAL] [QUASI - JUDICIAL] OUTLINE OF AGENDA (USE ONE ADDITIONAL PAGE IF NECESSARY): WHAT WAS DISCUSSED, TABLED; WHAT ACTION WAS TAKEN; PROVIDE VOTE TALLY OF ANY VOTES TAKEN: CALL TO ORDER: John Taver chair, called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m. The meeting was held in the Creekside Room of the West Senior Center. AGENDA ITEM 1 — Approval of the minutes Minutes from 11/13/00 were approved. Alison Richards motioned to approve the minutes. Jim Rettew seconded. The motion passed unanimously, 5 -0. AGENDA ITEM 2 — General citizen participation and TAB comment period. There was none. AGENDA ITEM 3 — Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to City council on the US 36 Major Investment Study (Staff — Joe Perone) oe Perone presented the four options and the background of the study. Previously, four alternatives had been proposed. Those ernative were reduced to two, Options A and B Plus. Option A plus was recommended by staff to the TAB as the preferred ternative. Option A Plus is the basis of the locally preferred alternative that other communities along the corridor have agreed to. Several work sessions have been conducted by TAB and TAB /City Council to evaluate the options. Option A Plus includes: • Commuter rail from Boulder to Denver along the existing freight line with a parallel commuter rail ■ 15 minute intervals during the morning and evening peaks ■ 30 minute intervals during non -pike hours • Bus Rapid Transit ■ Along the center lanes of US 36 ■ Operates similarly to a light rail system ■ Bus stations are in the median ■ Tickets are pre -paid ■ 6 to 8 minute intervals during peak hours ■ Buses don't leave the roadway • Targeted Road Widening ■ Addition of a general purpose lane east of 96' St. ■ No additional general purpose lanes into Boulder ■ Addition of a climbing lane on Davidson Mesa ■ Acceleration/Deceleration lanes from Boulder to Louisville • Bikeway ■ The proposal for the bike lane came late so no specific details are available at this time ■ There is general support for a bikeway O nsportation,4dvisory Board Summary Minutes December 11, 2000 Citizen Participation Manfred Schwach, 4666 Ipswich St, Boulder, endorsed Joe Perone's guest opinion in the Daily Camera. Advocated bikes and railways as the most efficient forms of transportation but recognized the need for improvements for motor vehicles. Stated that bikeways are a necessity and not a luxury. ve Allured, 4231 Eaton Ct., Boulder, spoke on behalf of the Boulder Bicycle Commuters in support of the bikeway in the MIS. He id that the BBC has not yet considered details of the route alignment. He spoke on behalf of himself and advocated for a strong travel Demand Management component to the plan. He asked for a message in the TAB's recommendation that speaks to restructuring our lifestyles to reduce travel demand. Lisa Seaman 5948 A Gunbarrel Avenue, Boulder, advocated for a safe, direct route to be included in the MIS. Also asked whether bikes could be used on the BRT. Sue Anderson 1135 Jay St., Boulder, spoke on behalf of the League of Woman Voters, mad an official statement in support of the plan and gave advice on how to implement the plan. She also gave some suggestions for funding sources. Neal Lurie 4934 10"' St., Boulder, went over the details of the proposed bikeway advocated by the Build -A- Bikeway Coalition. He pointed out that there is huge support for a bikeway. Vince Wayland 215 Cimmaron Way, Boulder, supported the position of the League of Women Voters, advocated using consistent terminology in future studies, asked some questions about the economic studies and what they include. Michael Rowe 6292 Arapahoe #2, Boulder, spoke on behalf of Citizens for Commuter Rail. Discussed the BRT system and how it would respond to inclement weather. Advocated getting commuter rail in place quickly and splitting it off from the other US 36 work. Dan Burkhardt, 5000 Butte #69, Boulder, has experience in master planning in other communities along the corridor and advocated including high quality improvements in the budget for the structures to be built as part of the MIS. John Sherwood 3009 Madison, Boulder, asked whether there are plans to integrate the 36 corridor system with bus service in Denver. Citizen Participation was closed. TAB questions and discussion The citizen questions were answered and several of the comments were addressed and incorporated into the TAB recommendation. The TAB approved the staff recommendation for Option A Plus with the following modifications: ■ modifications to the BRT which insure connectivity with local transit service and bike connections and transit oriented development around stations provisions for starting rail service on existing tracks before any lane expansions, as soon as possible strong support for bikeway funding and consideration for alternative bikeway alignments paralleling US 36 ■ a technology choice for commuter rail that does not obviate the opportunity for interlining in the future ■ integration of aesthetic quality into the design of the improvements to the corridor ■ incorporation of TDM principles into the management and design of the corridor Alison Richards motion to approve the recommendation with all of the elements incorporated. Brant Liebmann seconded. The motion passed unanimously, 5 -0. AGENDA ITEM 4 - Matters from the Board • The status of the rail coordinator position was discussed. There is no FTE for this. Joe Perone will perform the duties. • Terry Struthers gave an update on the staff liaison position in reference to the strategic discussions that will be on future agendas. • Alison Richards brought a book from the Civic Center Master Plan meeting. • John Tayer gave a heads up regarding potential citizen interactions in the Boulder County development of Broadway and Iris. • Alison Richards gave a heads up about potential citizen interactions regarding 17' Street traffic speeds. The main controversy in that area is whether the street will have parking or a bike lane. Matters from Staff There were none. AGENDA ITEM 5- Discussion of future agenda and schedule Transportation issues in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan will be discussed. ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m. TIME AND LOCATION OF ANY FUTURE MEETINGS, COMMITTEES OR SPECIAL HEARINGS: January 8, 2000, 6:00 p.m., regular meeting, public hearing, City Council Chambers. O nsportation Advisory Board Summary Minutes December 11, 2000