Transportation officials are working to establish a reliable regional transit connection between Cheyenne and northern Colorado and are asking for the public's feedback.

Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization Director Tom Mason says the fact that roughly 23% of the vehicle trips that cross the Wyoming-Colorado border via Interstate 25 and U.S. 85 every day originate and end in Cheyenne and NoCo shows a need for the connection.

"As northern Colorado and southern Wyoming continue to grow, a regional transit system connecting the two regions becomes more desirable," he said.

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Based on the transit market analysis, transit focus areas were identified and a set of initial transit alignments was developed to serve the region and these transit focus areas in particular.

Alignment 1 - Cheyenne to Fort Collins
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Alignment 2 - Cheyenne to Fort Collins and Loveland
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Alignment 3 - Cheyenne to Centerra via I-25
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Alignment 4 - Cheyenne to Greeley
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Alignment 5 - Cheyenne to Fort Collins and Loveland Loop
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Alignment 6 - Cheyenne to I-25/Greeley Loop
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While each alignment has its pros and cons, officials say the Cheyenne to Fort Collins route would serve the highest observed trip pattern.

The downside, however, is that it would require riders to transfer if they wanted to access Loveland and/or Greeley.

The Cheyenne to I-25/Greeley Loop, on the other hand, would connect all four communities, but its lengthiness may discourage riders at mid and end of loop stops.

In order to determine the public's preference, officials are asking folks to take part in a self-guided online meeting which can be accessed anytime between now and Oct. 17 at cowytransitstudy.com.

“We will evaluate the community input we receive from this online meeting to develop a recommended transit service that provides a convenient and equitable connection for all future users," said Mason.

Mason says a draft study will be presented later this year.

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