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C onstruction on U.S. 36. Youve asked yourself Will it ever end And when its done whats in it for me Whether youve pondered these thoughts while driving on the highway sitting on the bus or overlooking U.S. 36 as you bike across the Cherryvale bridge know that when its nished youll likely nd your travel experience much improved. Heres what is being built and what you can expect when construction is completed in early 2016. EXPRESS LANES Through a joint partnership RTD Plenary Roads Denver and CDOT are transforming U.S. 36 into a multimodal corridor reconstructing the general purpose lanes and adding one new Express Lane in each direction dedicated to RTDs new Bus Rapid Transit service carpoolers and vanpoolers and toll-paying solo drivers. The existing general purpose lanes will remain free for all vehicles. RTD BUS RAPID TRANSIT SERVICE Named the Flatiron Flyer each new branded bus will seat 57 people and carry 6 to 8 bikes. The Flatiron Flyer will provide a frequent and fast commute between Denver Westminster Broomeld Boulder and points in between. A key advantage of riding the Flatiron Flyer is that these buses can travel in the Express Lanes in the general purpose lanes or on the highway shoulder to bypass slow-moving trafc. Other passenger amenities include ticket vending machines at stations and electronic screens displaying schedule information. U.S. 36 BIKEWAY Decades in the making the Bikeway is an 18-mile highway for bicyclists from Table Mesa in Boulder to 80th Avenue in Westminster that connects to existing local bicycling facilities to provide a safe and THE TRANSFORMATION OF U.S. 36 Express lanes bus rapid transit and the Bikeway direct way to travel by bike. The rst 11 miles from Westminster to 88th Avenue in LouisvilleSuperior will open this summer with the remaining seven miles to be completed in early 2016. With the Bikeway cyclists will be separated from trafc since most road crossings have been eliminated thereby improving safety and comfort for all users. So the next time youre complaining about the highway construction and yes we all do theres a light at the end of the tunnel. Its less than a year away And with more convenient travel options along U.S. 36 youll nd it was worth the wait. Celebrate the U.S. 36 Bikeway Phase 1 opening on Bike to Work Day June 24 at the 36 Commuting Solutions breakfast station Interlocken East Park 280 Interlocken Blvd. There will also be a community ride on the U.S. 36 Bikeway and a bike home station the evening of June 24 at the Westminster Promenade. Visit 36commutingsolutions.org for details. 36CommutingSolutions THE BIKEWAYTHE BIKEWAY This story was written by Jean Sanson senior transportation planner City of Boulder and Audrey DeBarros executive director of 36 Commuting Solutions. 23 NEWS NOTES