Mark Udall congratulated the Mason Express (MAX) bus rapid transit system in Fort Collins on being awarded over $50 million for construction of an express north-south transit corridor, which will help connect 400,000 people to major destinations in Fort Collins, stimulate local businesses and create jobs on the Front Range. Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff will be in Fort Collins on May 21, 2012, to sign the final agreement.
"Your commitment to building the first rapid transit corridor along the Front Range is outstanding," Udall wrote in a letter to be read at the ceremony. "This corridor will reduce by half the time people spend sitting in traffic traveling north to south, and will give residents a safe transportation system that reduces sprawl, congestion and poor air quality as people commute throughout the day. ... Most important, the Mason Corridor project acknowledges the fact that at the heart of our future economic success will be strategic investment - investment in innovative ideas and technologies, and in reinforcing forward-thinking infrastructure to better meet challenges that we can't even imagine today."
The Mason Corridor project is intended to supplement existing transit options by creating a five-mile corridor along which residents can use pedestrian and bike trails and the rapid bus system to improve transit reliability and travel times. The project is a public-private partnership that is also funded through the City of Fort Collins, Colorado Department of Transportation, Downtown Development Authority and CSU/CSU Research Foundation. Service is expected to begin in 2014.