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4 - Recommendation on proposed project submittals for Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) CITYOFB0ULDER TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY BOARD AGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE: August 9, 2010 AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to City Council on proposed project submittals for the Denver Regional Council of Government's 2012-2017 Transportation Improvements Program PRESENTERS: Tracy Winfree, Director of Public Works for Transportation Michael Gardner-Sweeney, Transportation Planning and Operations Coordinator Stephany Westhusin, Transportation Projects Coordinator Randall Rutsch, Senior Transportation Planner Noreen Walsh, Senior Transportation Planner EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Transportation Improvements Program (TIP) process is the primary mechanism for local governments to receive federal transportation dollars. A new TIP is developed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments every four years through a competitive submittal process. This memo provides an overview of the transportation projects that the city is considering as submittals for the 2012-2017 TIP. The city can submit up to eight projects. In preparation for the TIP submittal, city staff has developed a list of projects for consideration by the TAB. Each TIP cycle, DRCOG revises the criteria by which projects are scored. The final criteria are scheduled to be released in early August as part of the solicitation announcement. At that point, staff will have more insight into how the projects will score and funding amounts by project category. A 20% local match for funding is also required. Developing the final list of TIP projects is a balance between several factors: which projects will score the best, which category they will compete in, how much money is available in each category, how much local match the City can identify, and which projects will best forward the goals of the community as laid out in the Transportation Master Plan. To maximize the City's flexibility in packaging the most advantageous list of projects, Table 1 presents 12 projects that staff supports for inclusion the City's submittal to DRCOG for the 2012-2017 TIP. Staff proposes to submit the eight projects which have the best chance of being selected for TIP funding. The other projects serve as "back-ups" in case one of the top eight projects become unfeasible due to issues in the local match, from a design or cost perspective, or due to changes in the criteria. Also shown in Table 1 are projects which may be submitted by regional partners with some participation by the City of Boulder. AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 1. Action Requested: The Board is asked to review the proposed projects and provide a recommendation to City Council on the strategy for selecting projects to submit and endorse submitting eight projects from this proposed set of projects for the 2012-2017 TIP. Fiscal Impacts: Budgetary: The TIP is a competitive process and it is difficult to predict how many of the projects submitted by the city might be funded. In the 2008-2013 TIP, only one of eight projects submitted by the City was funded. The minimum 20% local match for all projects in Table 1 would come from project partners or funds already contained in the Transportation Division's budget, and would be $5.7 million for projects 1 to 8. Due to the proposed overmatch by Utilities, $3.67 million of potential funding could come from partners outside of Transportation. As only eight projects can be submitted and all eight are unlikely to be funded, the actual match amount will be significantly less. As in past TIPS, additional points are awarded to proposed projects up to a local match of 50%. Depending on available funds and project priorities, staff may consider a greater than 20% local match for particular projects as appropriate. Additional funds may also be available from project partners. The result of receiving any TIP funding would be to leverage existing city dollars into projects that would not otherwise be built in the foreseeable future. Other Impacts: Economic: TIP funding of any of the proposed projects will improve the transportation system by keeping the transportation system in good condition, increasing efficiency, increasing the alternatives available for mobility or improving air quality. This should have a general positive impact on business. As evidenced by the federal stimulus efforts, construction of transportation infrastructure is considered a good mechanism for pumping funding into local economies through direct construction jobs, supporting positions and purchases of goods and services. Environmental: The proposed TIP projects will provide connections and additional modal options or improve the functional efficiency of the roadway network. Project enhancements will help to meet the goals of the Transportation Master Plan and Climate Action Plan of reduced single occupant vehicle travel and congestion mitigation, contributing to lower pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Community/Social: The proposed TIP projects are selected through a criteria process established by TAB that considers their policy, technical and strategic factors. This process produces priority projects that support the Complete Streets investment program to maximize the benefits of the upcoming regional rail and bus rapid transit improvements and strengthen partnerships with other agencies. The projects will have long term benefits to the community by increasing mobility and accessibility both locally and to regional transit services. PUBLIC OtTTREACH AND FEEDBACK: Several outreach efforts were implemented to notify adjacent property owners and the community about the TIP submittal process and the projects being considered for the TIP. A AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 2. project webpage was created in March 2010 and includes information about the TIP process, projects being considered for TIP submittal and opportunities for public input. Three separate mailings have been sent to over 450 property owners adjacent to potential TIP projects. A public open-house meeting was held on April 12, 2010 to present the potential projects and information on the submittal process. Approximately 20 people attended the meeting and a summary of public input was included in the June 14 TAB meeting packet. The Transportation Advisory Board considered items related to this TIP submittal at its June 14 and July 12, 2010 meetings. At each of those meetings a public hearing was held and comments were received by the public on some of the projects being considered for TIP submittal. The TAB meetings are advertised in the Daily Camera newspaper and on the webpage. Attachment B includes comments received by phone or email outside of the public meetings and hearings. ANALYSIS: The TIP is prepared every four years by DRCOG in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The TIP identifies the projects that will receive federal funding for highway, transit, alternative transportation improvements and management actions expected to be completed by CDOT, RTD, local governments and other project sponsors. All projects receiving SAFETEA-LU funds must be in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the TIP, and be consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act. A local match of at least 20% of the project cost is required. Given the current budget constraints faced by the city, the local match dollars for projects under consideration will be provided by a variety of sources, including the Transportation Fund, city funds from Greenways or Flood programs, or by project partners such as University of Colorado, RTD and CDOT. In the previous process for the 2008-2013 TIP, the city was successful in securing funding for one of the eight projects submitted. The success in previous TIP funding along with limited Transportation CIP funding leaves the city with limited ability to financially support additional TIP projects. In the proposed CIP, $715,000 has been allocated annually in 2012, 2013, and 2014 under the line item of "TIP Local Match /FasTracks Implementation" to provide the local match for future TIP projects. The majority of the remaining transportation capital budget is dedicated to providing the city's share of existing TIP projects and the continued construction of the 281h Street Project. For this reason, staff is recommending projects supported by existing program funds as well as a number of projects with local match coming from outside the Transportation budget, including three multiuse path/underpass projects that use Utilities and Greenways funds as the local match. STAFF RECOMMENDATION: The projects supported by staff for submission for the 2012-2017 TIP are listed in Table I of this memo. The projects numbered 1-8 are the most developed and are the projects that are ready for submittal to DRCOG for the 2012-2017 TIP. The remaining four projects, numbered 9-12, need additional development to be fully considered and evaluated relate to the other projects. The criteria for transit projects have been changed for this TIP, with more reasonable requirements for new transit service and allowing for the submission of transit enhancement proposals for the first time. Staff believes these changes offer a new opportunity to enhance transit service in the AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 3. community and have added two potential transit proposals. In addition, staff is exploring the possibility of submitting for the ORBIT new transit service on 28'x' Street with RTD. Additional projects, listed as A, B and C in Table 1 may be submitted by regional partners, although the Regional Final Mile Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Project may be submitted by the city if the regional effort is not supported by other communities. Staff recommends supporting these projects through a financial contribution toward the local match if there are direct benefits to Boulder. More detailed project descriptions are provided in Attachment A. Staff believes that the projects suggested for submission meet the TAB's guidelines for advancing the priorities of the Transportation Master Plan and the recently adopted Complete Streets investment program. Staff requests that the Board endorse submitting eight projects from this proposed set of projects to Council for submission to DRCOG. Several unknowns could influence a final staff recommendation to City Council, which is scheduled for September 21, 2010. The most significant of these is that final estimates for the funding available for this TIP cycle are not available and the Board has not established funding targets by project category. Based on the previous round of TIP funding, it is expected that there will be approximately $38 million available in the STP-Metro funding category, $21million in the CMAQ category and $7 million in the STP-Enhancements category. The STP-Metro category is the largest funding category and is generally used to fund road related projects. The CMAQ funding category is typically used to fund operational, transit and TDM projects, and the S TP- Enhancements category funds bike and pedestrian facilities. As many of our potential projects are in the bicycle/pedestrian category, these will compete against one another for the total funding available. Based on the funding targets established by DRCOG, staff believes that we will likely want to submit a variety of projects to compete for funding in multiple project categories. Staff then suggests that the following factors be considered in selecting the final eight projects for submittal to DRCOG: • Likely project score and ability to compete within a project category • DRCOG set targets for funding by project category • Available match amount from Transportation and the match available from other sources • The distribution of projects across project categories Several of the recommended projects potentially involve a partnership with other entities. While staff believes that these projects will be developed to successful submittals, additional coordination is needed to resolve all the issues related to these projects. Staff will be prepared to discuss the current status of these outstanding issues and any implications to the recommended submittals at the TAB meeting. Attachments A - New Projects Proposed for Submission for the Supplemental 2012-2017 TIP, Detailed descriptions of individual program/project submittals B. Public Comments Received AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 4. Table 1 City of Boulder 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Project Recommendations Total Project Name TIP Project Project Funding Distribution Cate orv Fundin City of Boulder Submittals: 1. Diagonal Highway A/ultimodal Bike/Ped or $2.8 M Federal: $2,240,000 Improvements Project Roadway Recon Local Match: $ 560,000 2. Baseline Road Bicycle and Bike/Ped $3.2 M Federal: $2,560,000 Pedestrian Underpass Local Match: $ 640,000 (between Broadway & US 36) (CDOT $500,000 Trans Fund $140,000) 3. Table Mesa Bicycle/Pedestrian Bike/Ped $3.70 M Federal: $2,960,000 Underpass (at Table Mesa Local Match: $ 740,000 ark-n-Ride (Trans. Fund) 4. 28th Street/U.S. 36 Multi-use Bike/Ped $6.65 M Federal: $5,320,000 Path (Iris Avenue to north of Local Match: $1,330,000 Yarmouth Avenue (Trans. Fund) 5. Wonderland Creek Multi-use Bike/Ped $5.19 M Federal: $2,595,000 Path connection west of Local Match: $2,595,000 Foothills Parkway (Utilities Fund) 6. Wonderland Creek Underpass Bike/Ped $2.25 M Federal: $1,125,000 at 28th St. Local Match: $1,125,000 Utilities Fund 7. Crestview Elementary School Bike/Ped $1.21 M Federal: $ 605,000 Underpass at 19th St and trail Local Match: $ 605,000 connection from Riverside (Utilities Fund) Lane to 19th St 8. Foothills Pkwy/SH 157 (Diag. Roadway $0.60 M Federal: $ 480,000 Hwy-Valmont) Operational Operational Local Match: $ 120,000 Improvements Project Improvements CDOT? 9. Boulder Transit Village (BTV) Bike/Ped $5.0 M Federal: $4,000,000 Access Improvements Local Match: $1,000,000 (Trans. Fund) 10 Baseline Road (8th -10th Bike/Ped $1.30 M Federal: $1,040,000 streets) Pedestrian Local Match: $ 260,000 Improvements to Chatauqua (Trans. Fund - $160k Park Chautauqua Assoc - $100k 11, Expanded HOP 2 Chautauqua Expanded $0.60 M Federal: $ 480,000 Service Transit Service Local Match: $ 120,000 (Trans. Fund - $40k Chautauqua Assoc - $40k Colo. Music Fest. - $40k AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 5. 12, Expanded STAMPEDE Expanded $.90 M Federal: $ 720,000 Service Transit Service Local Match: $ 180,000 (Trans. Fund - $60,000 CU: 120,000) A Regional Final Mile TDM $ Federal: $ Transportation Demand Local Match: $ Management TDM Project ❑B Regional Eco Pass Project T TDM $ Federal: $ Local Match: $ C Boulder County/CDOT Reconstruction $ Federal: $ shoulders on SH 93 Local Match: $ $24.983 M Federal: $21,593,000 Local Match: $3,900,000 TOTAL FUNDING from city transportation CIP REQUEST funds (for Projects #1-8) Local Match: $3,673,000 from outside or non transportation funds (Utilities, CDOT, CU, RTD) More detailed descriptions of these projects are contained in Attachment A. AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 6. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Diagonal Highway Multimodal Improvements Project Location/Project Boundaries: Diagonal Highway (US 36 to Foothills Parkway) Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) New bicycle, pedestrian and transit stop facilities and amenities for Diagonal Highway (SH 119) from 28th St/US 36 to Foothills Parkway. New curb & gutter, medians and asphalt pavement overlay. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: This section of Diagonal Highway lacks complete and continuous bicycle and pedestrian facilities and complete transit stop facilities. The 2 transit routes that operate on this roadway are the BOLT service from Boulder to Longmont and the BOUND. This section of roadway is a gateway to northeast and central Boulder but the lack of facilities, medians, and the wide roadway cross section does not support the multimodal gateway nature of this roadway. The proposed improvements will transfonii this section of vehicular roadway into a multi-modal facility with facilities and amenities for all travel modes. Connections to adjacent facilities on 28th St/US 36, Wonderland Creek, 34th St and 47,n St will be made. The urban design of the facilities and amenities will be context sensitive so it highlights its multimodal and gateway characteristics and is compatible to the adjacent commercial, residential and retail land uses. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • This project will support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) goal of providing travel options by construction multimodal facilities (bicycle lanes, sidewalks, transit stop amenities, curb & gutter). The project improvements will support regional travel to/from local and regional transit services and the bicycle system. • There is a possibility that CDOT can provide some funding towards the local match since they are planning to do an asphalt overlay. This project will leverage state pavement funds and federal funds to improve this facility. Cost Estimate $2,800,000 Funding Request: Federal: $2,240,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $560,000 Source of local match funds: (Inc. partners and their contributions) Trans. Fund and possibly CDOT AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 7. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Baseline Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Underpass Location/Project Boundaries: Baseline Road between Broadway (SH93) and US 36. Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project will provide a grade separated crossing of Baseline Road and connections to the sidewalks, multi-use path and bicycle lanes on Baseline Road. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: The existing crossing is composed of a pedestrian activated flashing beacon sign, with signage and markings on the roadway. The existing roadway is composed of 5 vehicle lanes; 2 in the westbound direction and 3 in the eastbound direction. On the south side of this crossing is a major retail and commercial center in the City of Boulder and on the north side of the crossing is the University of Colorado. There are 1600 crossings at this location per day. The ADT (average daily traffic) is The crossing accident rate is 4.6; the number of crossing accidents per million crossings is 7.8. The proposed project will construct a grade separated crossing of Baseline Road greatly reducing the conflicts between vehicles and bicyclists and pedestrians. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • This project will support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) goal of an integrated multimodal transportation system emphasizing the pedestrian as the primary mode of travel by increasing pedestrian and bicycle safety and access with a grade separated crossing Broadway. Cost Estimate $3,200,000 Funding Request: Federal: $2,560,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $640,000 Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) CDOT $500,000; Trans. Fund$ AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 8. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Table Mesa Bicycle/Pedestrian Underpass Location/Project Boundaries: Table Mesa Drive at the Table Mesa park-n-Ride Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) Construction of a bicycle/pedestrian underpass and connections to existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Table Mesa Drive, Apache Road and Thunderbird Drive. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: The Table Mesa park-n-Ride is one of the busiest locations in the RTD system accommodating over 375 bus arrivals per day and 824 parking spaces. The station currently serves two local and eight regional transit routes. More than 1,000 passengers board buses at this location every day. The FasTracks Bus Rapid Transit improvements are projected to nearly double the amount of boardings at this location over the next 20 years with no increase in the amount of available park-n-Ride spaces. Many of these new transit users will be accessing the park-n-Ride by bicycle or by foot. Improved access, particularly from the multi-family residential areas to the north of the station, will only become more important as BRT improvements are implemented. Additionally the pedestrian bridge over US 36 to be constructed in 2011 will be changing the bus drop off and pick up points and this underpass will help to provide better access to this as well. The proposed project will construct a bicycle./pedestrian underpass under Table Mesa Drive connecting the southeast neighborhoods of Boulder and the RTD park-n-Ride facility on Table Mesa Drive. The improvements will: • Assure attractive and safe access for transit passengers and area bicyclists and pedestrians needing to cross Table Mesa Drive. ■ Improve bus operations and efficiencies while maintaining acceptable and safe traffic flow in the grade separated crossing Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • This project was identified as a Complete Streets investment program priority. • This project will support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) goal of an integrated multimodal transportation system emphasizing the pedestrian as the primary mode of travel by increasing pedestrian and bicycle safety and access with a grade separated crossing of Table Mesa Drive. • The project improvements will support regional travel to/from local and regional transit services and the bicycle system. Cost Estimate $3,700,000 Funding Request: Federal: $ 2,960,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $ 740,000 Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) Trans. Fund AGENDA ITEM # PAGE 9. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: 281i Street/U.S. 36 Multi-use Path (Iris Avenue to north of Yannouth Avenue) Location/Project Boundaries: West side of 281i Street!U.S. 36 from Iris Avenue to north of Yarmouth Avenue Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) Construction of a 10 foot wide multi-use path on the west side of US 36 from Iris Avenue to north of Yarmouth Avenue and potential bike shoulders as part of the project improvements. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: During recent local planning efforts to maximize the benefits of the upcoming FasTracks regional transit improvements, the community identified their interest and need to have a continuous pedestrian/bicycle facility and 'unproved connectivity from North Boulder to the future Boulder Transit Village. The proposed project would complete a major missing link in that travel connection. Currently, there is a predominantly residential population in the areas west of 281h Street. Residential and employment growth is expected to continue in this area of North Boulder for several more years, however there are no continuous sidewalks or off-street bicycle facilities on either side of 28", Street/U.S. 36 from Iris Avenue north to Yannouth Avenue. The proposed project would construct a 10 foot wide multi-use path along the west side of 28 h Street from Iris Avenue to just north of Yarmouth Avenue, and a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Four-Mile Creek. Approximately 1 3/4 miles of new bicycling and walking facilities would be created completing a major missing link in the bicycle pedestrian system and serving local travel needs and supporting regional travel. The project will complete a major missing link in the bicycle and pedestrian system along this section of the 28 h Street/U.S. 36 corridor and provide improved access to other facilities in the bicycle/pedestrian system as well as employment sites, residences and activity centers. In addition to significant storm drainage improvements throughout the project, modifications to the pedestrian and bicycle crossing conditions at the Violet intersection with 281i Street are also anticipated in the final project scope. In some locations it is a new facility (multi-use path and/or bike shoulders) completing a missing link. In other locations, it is an upgrade to existing facilities (widen sidewalk to the 10 foot wide multi-use path standard, or widen existing bike shoulder to 8' minimum). Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • This project was identified as a Complete Streets investment program priority. • This project will support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) goal of an integrated multimodal transportation system. Cost Estimate $6,650,000 Funding Request: Federal: $5,320,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $1,330,000 Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) Trans. fund AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 10. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Wonderland Creek Underpass and Multi-use Path Connection West of Foothills Parkway Location/Project Boundaries: Wonderland Creek from Foothills Parkway to the Diagonal Highway Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would provide a grade separated crossing of the Burlington Northern Railroad, complete a missing path link between Foothills Parkway and the Diagonal Highway and provide flood mitigation from Foothills Parkway to just north of Iris Avenue. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: There is currently no trail connection between Foothills Highway and the Diagonal Highway. A multi- use path system exists along Wonderland Creek from 30"' Street and the Diagonal Highway north to 26"' Street and from Foothills Parkway south to Goose Creek, connecting to Valmont City Park and the Boulder Creek path. Local residents and users of the bike system frequently use an informal route located within the railroad right-of-way. Use of this informal route has resulted in near fatal injuries caused by train operations. Wonderland Creek along this section also has significant flood hazards. This project would provide a safe trail crossing of the railroad, complete an important missing link in the city's trail system and greatly reduce flood hazards along the project reach. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project: • A proposed multi-use path connection is shown for this area in both the Greenways and Transportation Master Plans. • Flood improvements along Wonderland Creek have been recommended in the City of Boulder Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (August 2008) and the Fourmile Canyon Creek and Wonderland Creek Flood Mitigation Final Plan (2010). • This would provide more direct and continuous access to the Foothills Park multi-use path and the Boulder Transit Village and central and east Boulder. Cost Estimate $5,190,000 Funding Request: Federal: $2,595,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $2,595,000 (50%) Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) City of Boulder Flood Utilities and Greenways Program CIP funds, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District CIP funds AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 11. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Wonderland Creek Underpass at 28`h Street Location/Project Boundaries: Wonderland Creek from Kalmia Avenue to Winding Trail Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would provide a grade-separated crossing at 281h Street, an associated multi-use path connection and flood mitigation improvements to Wonderland Creek. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: A multi-use path system exists south of the project site along Wonderland Creek from 301h Street and the Diagonal Highway to Palo Parkway and 28th Street. North of the project site, an existing path follows Wonderland Creek from Winding Trail to Centennial Middle School west of 26th Street. In addition, this reach of Wonderland Creek is not sized to convey major storm event flows and as a result, numerous structures are located within the 100-year floodplain. This project would complete a missing link in the Wonderland Creek path system that provides east- west access connections between north and central Boulder, access to Centennial Middle School and a grade separated crossing of 281h Street. The proposed upgraded crossings at Winding Trail, 28th Street and Kalmia along with channel improvements would provide 100-year flood protection along the project reach. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project: • A proposed multi-use path connection is shown for this area in the Greenways and Transportation Master Plans. • Flood improvements along Wonderland Creek have been recommended in the City of Boulder Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (August 2008) and the Fourmile Canyon Creek and Wonderland Creek Flood Mitigation Final Plan (2010). Cost Estimate $2,250,000 Funding Request: Federal: $1,125,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $1,125,000 (50%) Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) City of Boulder Flood Utilities CIP funds, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District CIP funds AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 12. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Crestview Elementary School underpasse at 19'h Street and trail connection from Riverside Lane to 19th Street Location/Project Boundaries: Fourmile Canyon Creek from Riverside Lane to 19"' Street Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would provide a grade separated crossing at 19'x' Street and trail connection from Riverside Lane to Crestview Elementary School. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: Crestview Elementary School currently lacks a multi-use trail connection along Fourmile Canyon Creek. In addition, the school would be located on an island during major flood events without any safe vehicular access to the school. This project would provide a trail segment for many school children and other trail users along with help to provide safe vehicular access to the school during major storm events. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project: • A proposed multi-use path connection is shown for this area in the Greenways Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan. • Flood improvements along Fourmile Canyon Creek have been recommended in the City of Boulder Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (August 2008) and the Fourmile Canyon Creek and Wonderland Creek Flood Mitigation Final Plan (2010). Cost Estimate $1,210,000 Funding Request: Federal: $605,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $605,000 (50%) Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) City of Boulder Flood Utilities CIP funds, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District CIP funds AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 13. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Foothills Parkway/SH 157 (Diag. Hwy-Valmont) Operational Improvements Project Location/Project Boundaries: Foothills Parkway/SH 157 from Diagonal Highway (SH119) to south of Valmont Road. Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would create a third southbound lane on Foothills Parkway from the Diagonal Highway to south of Valmont Road. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: Currently the southbound approach of Foothills Parkway to the Valmont Road intersection has two through lanes, two left turn lanes and one right turn lane. Southbound traffic, particularly during the AM peak period, will queue from this intersection north up and over the bridge over the Diagonal Highway. Drivers seeking to make a right turn onto westbound Valmont Road are trapped in this queue and cannot reach the right turn lane. Often they will illegally drive on the shoulder to avoid the queue and enter the right turn lane. Consequently, the Police Department is forced to send traffic enforcement resources to this location to mitigate this behavior. Drivers seeking to exit southbound Foothills Parkway onto Pearl Parkway are also trapped in this queue. The project would replace the southbound right turn lane with a shared through-right turn lane which begins at the Diagonal Highway on-ramp to Foothills Parkway. This lane would extend south through the Valmont Road intersection, replacing the southbound acceleration lane from eastbound Valmont Road onto southbound Foothills Parkway. The net result would be a third southbound lane which would extend from the Diagonal Highway on-ramp to Foothills Parkway to the southbound Foothills Parkway ramp onto Pearl Parkway. Considerable congestion and delay, especially during the AM peak period would be mitigated with these improvements. In addition, a law enforcement issue would be mitigated by improving the southbound queue and removing the southbound right turn lane adjacent to the shoulder. AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 14. Attachment A. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • The street network is the primary infrastructure for all methods of travel and a key public space uniting the fabric of the community. It will be well-maintained, improved to maximize the efficiency of the existing system and managed to accommodate all forms of travel. • The Investment Policies of the TMP gives highest priority to system operations, maintenance and travel safety; and the next priority to operational efficiency improvements and enhancement of the transit, pedestrian and bicycle systems, • The TMP identifies 10 multimodal corridors and calles for improving all modes of travel along them. As these corridors carry a majority of the trips in the community and link important activity and commercial centers, maximizing their efficient trip carrying ability requires improving the relationship between the multimodal transportation system, land use and design along these corridors. The 10 corridors' improvements include: o improved operational and traffic flow through intersection enhancements focusing on system "bottlenecks"; o Roadway improvements which support multi-occupant vehicle use; o Roadway related (functional efficiency/safety) improvements in priority corridors; and o Signal coordination optimization based on current traffic flow patterns. Cost Estimate $600,000 Funding Request: Federal: $480,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $ 120,000 Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) Trans. fund AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 15. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Boulder Transit Village (BTV) Access Improvements - Phase 2 Location/Project Boundaries: Pearl Parkway from 30"' Street to Foothills Parkway (SH 157) Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) Construction of a multi-use path along the north side of Pearl Parkway from 30th Street to Foothills Parkway and construction of a woonerf style street design on the north side of Pearl Parkway (from 30th - the railroad) to complement the proposed design on the south side of Pearl Parkway. Construction of the path along the segment from the railroad to Foothills Parkway parallels a large flood channel, requiring underground drainage structures and/or structural walls along the channel. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: Currently there is no sidewalk on the north side of Pearl Parkway, although a worn social trail exists. The proposed improvements will provide a pedestrian facility along the north side of Pearl Parkway from 301h Street to Foothills Parkway providing improved access and connections to the upcoming Boulder Transit Village and RTD bus facility and future commuter rail station. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • This project was identified as a Complete Streets investment program priority. • This project will support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) goal of an integrated multimodal transportation system emphasizing the pedestrian as the primary mode of travel by providing a pedestrian facility where one currently does not exist • The project improvements will support regional travel to/from local and regional transit services and the bicycle system. Cost Estimate $5,000,000 Funding Request: Federal: $4,000,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $1,000,000 Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) Trans. fund AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 16. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Baseline Road (81h - I0u' streets) Pedestrian Improvements to Chautauqua Park Location/Project Boundaries: Baseline Road between 8'11 and 10"' Streets (south side, only) Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: The 40-acre Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark (designated in 2006), commonly referred to as Chautauqua Park, is owned by the City of Boulder. Since 1901, the nonprofit Colorado Chautauqua Association has leased and managed approximately 26 acres that contains 105 historic buildings. Once a summer-only destination, Chautauqua is now busy year-round with a park and playground (City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department jurisdiction), a year-round neighborhood of full-time residents, and year-round lodging with year-round programming, group meetings, private events and a restaurant all operated by or through the Colorado Chautauqua Association. Chautauqua is a major tourist destination and is the only National Historic Landmark in Boulder/Denver. In addition, it adjoins one of the most popular local and regional trailheads and open space areas (jurisdiction of the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks Department), with a trailhead and small parking lot located within the historic district. As parking is very limited within the historic district, visitors to Chautauqua for recreation, events and open space usage must park on adjacent streets, particularly on Baseline Road fronting the park. The south side of Baseline has no sidewalk, forcing pedestrians traveling along Baseline to and from parked cars to walk in the street. Pedestrian access into the park is limited due to existing berm and landscaping. The proposed improvements along Baseline would include sidewalks, necessary retaining walls, cleaning out landscaping to open historical view corridors, creating a new entry at Grant Street, and constructing pedestrian crossing improvements at Grant Street and Lincoln Place. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project: • This project will increase pedestrian safety by providing sidewalks and improved crossings in a highly used area. 4 This project will support the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) goal of an integrated multirnodal transportation system. Cost Estimate $1,300,000 Funding Request: Federal: $1,040,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $ 260,000 [20%] Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) Trans. Fund - $160k Chautauqua Association - $100k AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 17. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: HOP 2 Chautauqua Expanded Transit Service Location/Project Boundaries: Baseline and 9t" Street from BaseMar Shopping Center to Downtown Boulder Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would provide extended hours of operation of the HOP 2 Chautauqua (H2C) summer transit service connecting 27'h Way park-n-Ride and Downtown Boulder to the Colorado Chautauqua from 9am to l Opm seven days a week from May - August. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: Current funding for the H2C allows for service from 5:30pm to IOpm on concert nights only. While concert nights will continue to present the highest demand for transit, recreational, occupational and passive uses of the Chautauqua area are not currently being met. Expansion of the H2C's hours of operation will also provide regular transit service along 9th Street and Baseline which are not currently served by transit. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project: • The Transportation Master Plan includes proposed Community Transit Network (CTN) style transit service along Baseline and 9th Street. Although the H2C only operates during the summer, its success will help demonstrate the need for year round transit seen-ice along these corridors. Cost Estimate $600,000 Funding Request: Federal: $480,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $120,000 (20%) Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) City of Boulder Transportation, Colorado Chautauqua Association, Colorado Music Festival AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 18. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: STAMPEDE Expanded Transit Service Location/Project Boundaries: CU East Campus, Research Park and Main Campus via Colorado Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would provide additional route distance for the STAMPEDE transit service connecting the CU East Campus, Research Park and CU Main Campus along Colorado Ave east of 30th Street. This project would also include extended hours of operation from lam to l lpm on weekdays, 7:30am to 11 pm on Saturdays and 9am to IOpm on Sundays. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: Current funding for the STAMPEDE allows for service from lam to 7pm on Weekdays only. Also, there is currently no eastbound service along Colorado Avenue east of 301h Street. As academic and professional uses expand on the East Campus with the opening of the Systems Biotechnology building, demand for more convenient transit service will increase. The added service hours combined with more direct routing will help accommodate this increased demand. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project: • The Transportation Master Plan includes a Community Transit Network (CTN) service along Colorado Avenue. Although a high frequency service already exists, it is not entirely consistent with the CTN goal of direct routing and reliable service on weekends. • CU's Campus Transportation Master Plan also includes support for CTN style services connecting to its campuses. Cost Estimate $900,000 Funding Request: Federal: $720,000 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $180,000 (20%) Source of local match funds: (Including partners and their contributions) City of Boulder Transportation, University of Colorado Parking & Transportation Services, University of Colorado Environmental Center) AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 19. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Regional Final Mile Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Project Location/Project Boundaries: US 36 corridor and city of Boulder major transit centers/stops Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project will maximize regional transit use by enhancing and promoting the bicycle/transit multimodal trip. Enhancing the bike mode to complete the final mile of a transit trip will help commuters leave their car at home. It includes a menu of bicycle enhancements to be implementation at key transit stations/stops, as appropriate. Within the City of Boulder, project funding will add up to 90 additional bikes and six station kiosks to Boulder's planned bike share system, install on-demand lockers, covered bicycle parking, additional signing, way finding tools, and pavement markings as well as provide outreach materials to facilitate access to key destinations. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: Along the US 36 corridor, the project would improve connections and access to regional bus service at park n Ride stations. Within Boulder, this project will select up to six major station/stops that serve regional trips and intersect the City's bikeway system to install appropriate bicycle enhancements included in the menu of options. Potential stations/stops include 14'h at Walnut station, Table Mesa park n Ride (US 36 service/DASH), Boulder Transit Village (US36 service), 28th at Boulder Creek Path (US 36 service), 28"' at Walnut (US 36 service), 28th Street at Iris Avenue (BOLT), 28"' at Spruce Street (BOLT), Arapahoe at 29"' Street (J and JUMP), Arapahoe at 33 d (J and JUMP), Broadway at Iris (Y). Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Project/: • One of the four focus areas in the recent TMP update is "Create Effective Regional Partnerships that Produce Results" and this project would support that TMP goal area. • These improvements would address the final mile aspects of the transit trip, increasing transit mode share in support of the TMP objective of reducing the SOV mode share. Cost Estimate $453,000 Funding Request: Federal: $362,400 Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $ 90,600 Source of local match hinds: City of Boulder Transportation Fund, regional partners, local businesses, and Boulder Bike Share. AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 20. Attachment A. Proposed Project for Submission for the 2012-2017 TIP Project Title: Regional Eco Pass Project Location/Project Boundaries: US 36 corridor Description of Project Elements (What is involved with the project?) This project would be sponsored by US 36 Commuting Solutions, the regional transportation management organization for the US 36 corridor. The project would provide neighborhood Eco Pass programs for identified Environmental Justice areas along with supporting TDM tools and strategies. Description of Existing Conditions and Transportation Benefits of Proposed Improvements: This project is intended to improve access to regional bus service along US 36 by a population that spends a high share of its income on transportation. Master Plan Goals met by this Proposed Projecth • One of the four focus areas in the recent TMP update is "Create Effective Regional Partnerships that Produce Results" and this project would support that TMP goal area. • These improvements would address increase transit mode share in support of the TMP objective of reducing the SOV mode share. Cost Estimate Funding Request: Federal: $ Local Match* (Minimum of 20% local match, can be cash or in-kind): $ Source of local match funds: One of the partners for the local match would be the City of Boulder/Trans. Fund AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 21. Attachment B. Public comment received by phone or email 28th' Street multi-use path project • Pedestrian crossings on 28th Street north of Iris are difficult. Bridges would be helpful and wouldn't have to impact 28th St/US 36 traffic like you would if you built a tunnel. • Would like to keep the mature trees along the west side of 28th Street, particularly at 28/Jay because they mitigate the noise from 28th Street. Wonderland Creek Underpass and Multi-use Path Connection West of Foothills Parkway • Supports the trail improvements - there isn't a path in this area but it would be used a lot - many people are in the area. AGENDA ITEM 9 PAGE 22.