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Minutes - Transportation - 12/11/20000 TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY BOARD FINAL MINUTES DECEMBER 11, 2000 BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT John Tayer, Alison Richards, Jim Rettew, Brant Liebmann, Terry Struthers STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT Joe Perone, Micki Kaplan, Robin Madel, Secretary Call to Order John TUer 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 Meeting 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) Joe Perone presented the four options and the background of the study. Previously, four alternatives had been proposed by. Those alternative were reduced to two, Options A and r • 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 and whether or not the studies include drivers costs. 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. Topics covered included the following: • The Denver bus station will be moved to Union Station to accommodate integration of bus and train service. • The BRT will accommodate bikes but there are still operational issues to be explored there. • The cost and timing of the Northwest Parkway interchange have been included in the economic studies. • Costs of drivers have been included in the economic evaluation for operational costs. • The costs of light rail were not included in the 2020 Plan. That plan mainly covers roadway improvements. • The recommendation includes provisions for getting commuter rail funded and . running first. • Impacts of weather on the BRT will be a consideration when scheduling and will have to be accommodated. ■ The costs associated with basic rail service are up from previous estimates because of the inclusion of additional track, signalization of the Burlington Northern -Santa Fe track system that will be used and inclusion of 3 grade separations at the Denver Rail Yards. Continued discussion covered the modifications to the staff recommendation that TAB wanted to see in the recommendation to the City Council. 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 • consideration of 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 motioned to approve the recommendation with all of the elements • incorporated. Brant Liebmann seconded. The motion passed unanimously, 5 -0. Jim Rettew pointed out that this issue has been historically significant. The effort has been collaborative, positive and unprecedented in its ability to bring all of the communities in the corridor together over this issue. John Tayer acknowledged that the degree of consensus is historic and as a Boulder resident he is enthusiastic because we are all benefiting. Joe Perone reemphasized that the staff recommendation was expanded to include public input and he thanked the public for their involvement. The process from here is as follows: Boulder City Council 12/19/00 CDOT Commission 2/15/01 Policy Advisory Committee 2/22/01 Regional Transportation District 3/20/01 DRCOG -RTP 4/01 • Also, there will be an open house with Carter- Burgess in January 2001. AGENDA ITEM 4 Matters from the Board • The status of the rail coordinator position was discussed. There is no FTE for the rail coordinator position. The expectation is that Joe Perone will perform the duties. There are two other positions posted — one FTE for a bike /ped coordinator and %z FTE for the NTMP coordinator. There will be a TDM position opening in January. • Terry Struthers gave an update on the staff liaison position in reference to the strategic discussions that will be on future agendas. Strategic planning issues will be incorporated into regular meetings as frequently as possible. Terry spoke with Randall Rutsch who was concerned that any strategic planning that gets done doesn't conflict with the plans in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Transportation Components. • Alison Richards went to a Civic Center Master Plan meeting which covers the area between the library and Central Park. She brought a book with conceptual designs to share with the group. • John Tayer gave a heads up regarding potential citizen interactions in the Boulder County development of Broadway and Iris. Robin Byers is a citizen on Kalmia who contacted him. Apparently there have been a lack of studies done by the county and there has been relatively public input into the development. ■ 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. There is still high speed traffic around the crossing. The high school opposes the bike lane but Grandview Terrace supports it. Matters from Staff There were none. AGENDA ITEM 4 Discussion of future agendas and meetings TIME AND LOCATION OF ANY FUTURE MEETINGS, COMMITTEES OR SPECIAL HEARINGS: The next regular meeting will be held on January 8, 2000 at 6:00 in the City Council Chambers. The agenda will cover the Neighborhood Parking Program in the University Hill area and Recent Employment Projections and the impact to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. The intention of the strategic planning discussion is to finalize the Comprehensive Plan and initialize the Transportation Master Plan discussions. 0 • AGENDA ITEM 5 Adjournment Terry Struthers motioned to adjourn the meeting. Jim Rettew seconded. The motion passed unanimously, 5 -0. The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m. Minutes approve n 21, z By • •