Many students who depend on the Transfort bus systems as a means
of transportation may have noticed the on-going construction
awaiting them on their trip to campus.
“I think the construction is a pain in the butt,” said David
Musset, a senior landscape and horticulture student.
Musset, who uses the buses for transportation to and from school
on a regular basis, said that he has noticed that the buses have
been late since the construction started.
Musset said his bus was 10 minutes late on Monday, which is
later than he has ever experienced.
Though Musset does think the improvements the construction makes
will be worth it, he said he wondered why the improvements were not
planned into the original design of the transfort station.
“It doesn’t make any sense to do it now when they could have
done it at the beginning,” Musset said.
Cass Beitler, project manager, said the construction is the
result of phase 1A of the Transfort renovation process.
Now that the earlier goals, which included building the station,
are complete, Beitler said other improvements will be made by
enhancing the entrance for the buses by widening the road and
improving the bike lane that goes through the area.
Beitler said construction will continue until the beginning of
Though Beitler said the construction has forced buses to be
temporarily rerouted, he doesn’t think it has caused problems with
the buses being on time.
“I don’t think it affects (the buses) too much,” said Steve
White, project manager to the city of Fort Collins.
Another concern of the project crew is the survival of a weather
station that was in the area before the bus station was built,
Beitler said it was originally planned to remove the weather
station and replace it when the construction was complete, but the
crew was able to find a way to “work around it.”
“It’s a very important weather station,” Beitler said.
Along with the maintenance work of improving the bus station,
other improvements will be made in the parking situation and
landscaping in order to make the bus station more pleasing to the
“It’s going to benefit the area with a few more parking spaces,”
White said 13 new parking spots will be added once the project
“There’s some nice landscaping that’s going in,” White said.
White said the new landscaping with benefit the transfort
station “esthetically” because it will tie everything together at
the Transfort stop and make it look nicer.