Some came for the free food. Others to offer suggestions. Some
hopeful for a resolution to a frustrating current situation.
A forum discussing the current transportation congestion on
campus and future plans took place Monday in the Lory Student
Center West Ballroom. Representatives from city of Greeley, the
University of Colorado, Transfort and CSU shared transportation
ideas with students, faculty and staff.
“We know we have problems,” said Michael Rose, director of
University Parking Services. “Rather than try to reinvent the
wheel, we wanted to try to utilize some of the things that are
already out there.”
Judith Lavelle, TDM coordinator for the city of Greeley,
described the city’s Boomerang bus route, which provides direct
service in between the central and western campuses of the
University of Northern Colorado. She stressed the methods of
advertising new forms of transportation through posters, word of
mouth and student resources.
Tom Frazier, general manager of the Transfort Bus System,
outlined plans to increase the service of route 15 from the
Downtown Transit Center to CSU by 2008 and the start of night
service route 64 sometime next year, which would follow daytime
routes 15 and 2.
John Desch, a CSU Facilities Management service planner,
discussed the CSU Development Plan, especially parking, biking and
public transportation aspects. The main objective of the plan in
regard to transportation is to encourage parking on the perimeter
of the campus in lots and garages yet to be built.
David Cook, CU’s campus transportation modes coordinator,
offered some of the actions that community has taken, many of which
are similar to those taken in Fort Collins.
“There are other people out there who have answers and they’ve
worked just as hard as we have, to try to solve some of these
problems and they’ve come up with some solution that we just need
to modify,” Rose said.
Al Watson, a freshman mechanical engineering major, lives in
Loveland and rides the bus to and from campus each day. The ride
takes him two hours round trip.
“I have to take the Foxtrot up to the Square and then take bus 6
or 7 to school,” Watson said. “Most of the time I just spend
waiting for (the next) bus.”
Corey Behrens, a senior art major, said he came mostly for the
free food but also for his concern about campus transportation.
Rose said that if anyone has any other ideas regarding parking
or transportation, they can contact him directly at (970)
“We get a lot of complaints in parking (services),” he said.
“But we don’t get a lot of solutions or any kind of encouraging
things to try to help solve the problem. That was the whole