ConnectCOS

Planning Phase

About the Project

Colorado Springs is launching a citywide visionary transportation study, ConnectCOS to help create a transportation plan that reflects the evolving needs of our community

The city has changed a lot since the last update to our major transportation plan (the Intermodal Transportation Plan) almost 20 years ago. Now is the time to review our current transportation system and develop a plan to ensure an efficient, accessible, safe, and well-connected network for people who drive, walk, bike and take public transit.

PlanCOS, the City’s comprehensive plan that was adopted by City Council in 2019, outlined big ideas to shape the future of our city. ConnectCOS will lay out the next 20 years of transportation planning, infrastructure, and improvements in Colorado Springs, bringing to life the goals, ideas and community values established in PlanCOS.

ConnectCOS is a year-long study that will involve a significant technical analysis, and robust community engagement effort, to identify and prioritize short and long-term transportation projects to ensure that people who live, work and play in Colorado Springs have an opportunity to participate in the study.

Draft Project Goals

There are six major goal areas that build on the full range of opportunities identified in ConnectCOS:

  • Efficient
  • Sustainable
  • Reliable
  • Accessible
  • Connected
  • Safe

Over the next several months the project team will continue to refine the goals of ConnectCOS to meet the needs of the community. Please check back soon to take our transportation survey that will help inform the final goals.  

Priority Corridors:

The six-mile Platte Avenue Corridor, that extends from I-25 to Powers Boulevard, has been selected as the first Priority Corridor for analysis through the ConnectCOS study. For more information about this corridor study and to participate visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/PlatteAveCorrirdor.

Project Materials

Approximately 1,700 Colorado Springs residents responded to the ConnectCOS transportation survey from August 19 – September 21, 2020 (thank you for your participation!). A summary of the results is now available for your review. The survey focused on questions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the City’s current transportation system and solicited information related to travel habits and needs of our community. The results will support ConnectCOS planning efforts to establish a 20-year plan to meet evolving mobility needs of our community. Key highlights from the survey include:

  • 98% of survey respondents have at least one vehicle, however, 65% of respondents feel it is extremely important to have transportation choices such as walking, biking, and taking the bus.
  • The community identified the presence of numerous trails as a top strength of the City’s transportation network.
  • Over 50% of respondents feel that it is easy to walk or use a wheelchair to get to the places they need to go within the City.

This survey is the first of many as the ConnectCOS project team continues to engage the community throughout 2021. Full results from this first survey will be shared at our upcoming virtual public meeting, scheduled for February 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Make sure to register here to learn more about the project!

Get Involved

Interactive Virtual Public Meeting

Thursday, February 18

We hope you were able to attend the virtual public meeting and learn more about the unique transportation needs and challenges facing the City of Colorado Springs as we continue to grow. For example, although most people travel by car, many recognize the need to get around town by bike, foot or transit. The 90-minute meeting provided other valuable input collected from a recent community-wide survey, as well as a high-level project overview. If you missed the meeting, materials are now available below. 

View Meeting Presentation | View Meeting Summary

Watch the Meeting

ConnectCOS Virtual Public Meeting

Community Advisory Committee

The ConnectCOS Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will serve as a sounding board and critical conduit between the broader community and project team during this collaborative transportation planning process. The representatives (as seen on the roster below) are from a wide variety of sectors and organizations based in Colorado Springs. They will help share project information to their networks and provide key insights at major technical milestones to assist the City in decision-making. The role and commitment of the CAC is an invaluable element of this year-long planning effort.

CAC Roster

First Name

Last Name

Organization

Joe

Aldaz

Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council

Cindy

Aubrey

Pikes Peak United Way

Carrie

Bartow

Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs

Rachel

Beck

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Kate

Brady

COS Planning/Bicycle

Victoria

Chavez

El Paso County Public Works

Susan

Davies

Trails and Open Space Coalition

Spencer Dodge

Front Range Passenger Rail Commission

Shane

Ferguson

CDOT

Jen

Furda

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Jill

Gaebler

City Council District 5

Jim

Godfrey

Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA)

Chelsea Gondeck Downtown Partnership
Rodney Gullatte Firma IT Solutions

William

Harrell

Citizen Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB)

Mark

Hopewell

Active Transportation Advisory Committee

Kevin  Keith COS Airport

Brett

Lacey

COS Fire Department

John

Lauer

Colorado College

Scott

Lee

COS Parking Enterprise

John

Liosatos

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG)

Elena

Nunez

Colorado Springs Utilities

Nicole

Odell

Bike Colorado Springs

Karen

Palus

Parks, Rec and Cultural Services

Brian

Potts

PPACG DoD Liaison

Pat

Rigdon

COS Police Department

Liz

Robertson

Transit Passenger Advisory Committee

Joyce Salazar RISE Coalition

Tim

Seibert

Nor'wood

Paul Spotts

The Independence Center & Community Transit Coalition

Stephanie

Surch

Council of Neighbors and Organizations


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