The City of Fort Collins announced it has received a $54.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the Mason Street Corridor. The grant will pay for the Mason Express bus rapid transit service (MAX), which will service the five-mile corridor on Mason Street from Cherry Street to Harmony Road.
The $87 million project was conceived in the 1990s to improve transportation and commuting options in Fort Collins. Voters approved the allocation of City tax dollars in 1998 and 2000. One rationale for the corridor is to alleviate congestion on College Avenue but it will also serve as a catalyst for economic development; two-thirds of area jobs are located within a half mile of the corridor, according to the Federal Transit Administration.
The MAX portion of the Mason Corridor will be completed in 2014. Buses will run every 10 minutes, connecting 12 different stations along the route. The route will serve major destinations such as downtown, Colorado State University, the Foothills Mall and local government offices. The corridor will also include bike lanes along Mason and accommodate pedestrians with an underpass at Troutman Parkway and an overpass at the Natural Resources Research Center.