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Converting Mason Street to two-way traffic topic of city open house on Thursday

November 14, 2011

The city of Fort Collins will host an open house to discuss the conversion of Mason Street, which cuts through the CSU campus, to two-way traffic as part of its Mason Street Corridor project.

Mason Street cuts through the CSU campusThe open house will be 4-6 p.m. in the City’s Planning, Development and Transportation building, 281 N. College Ave., in conference rooms A and B.

The conversion of Mason Street back to two-way traffic operation is a fundamental element of the Mason Corridor project. Located centrally along the north-south spine of Fort Collins, Mason Corridor, will be a catalyst for future commercial, residential and employment development for years to come.  When complete, two-way operation of Mason will increase efficiency for the MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system as well as improve overall Downtown access, mobility and circulation for automobiles and bicyclists. MAX BRT is a key, exciting piece of the overall corridor experience which is essential to the broader vision of Fort Collins’ future economy and central community design. Two-way traffic operation on Howes Street is also part of the plan; Howes was successfully converted in June of 2009.

CSU to be impacted by MAX transit

The Max project and adjacent bicycle trail run adjacent to or through the CSU campus for two of its five miles. Four Transit stops are associated with the South and Main campus, the most prominent one on the east side of the Mason Street at University Avenue. This stop is located only three-tenths of a mile from the Lory Student Center.

Conversion will take place over several phases during the next nine months. The first phase was completed this fall.
• Install underground communication conduits (completed in September and October 2011)
• Install necessary railroad and traffic signal facilities (November 2011– June 2012)
• Reconstruct railroad tracks –requires full closure to vehicles for seven days on Mason Street between Cherry and Laurel Streets (July 2012)
• Finalize adjustments to signals and road striping (August 2012)

About Mason Corridor

The Mason Corridor is a five mile north-south byway within the city of Fort Collins which extends from Cherry Street on the north to south of Harmony Road. The corridor is centered along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway property, located a few hundred feet west of College Avenue (US 287). The Mason Corridor includes a bicycle and pedestrian trail as well as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, MAX, which will operate in an exclusive transit-only roadway for the majority of the corridor.

MAX will link major destinations and activity centers along the corridor including the Downtown commercial, cultural, and business centers, Colorado State University, Foothills Mall, and South College retail areas. MAX will operate nearly twice as fast as auto travel along College Avenue, and provide high frequency service every 10 minutes. Additionally, future regional transit connections will link to MAX.

The $87 million project is funded 80 percent by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The remaining 20 percent is available from the City of Fort Collins, Downtown Development Authority, CSU/Colorado State University Research Foundation, and Colorado Department of Transportation.

Follow the Mason Street conversion and Mason Corridor progress here.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336