El Paso County has continued to grow and change rapidly in the five years since the last 2040 Major Transportation Corridors Plan (MTCP) was conducted. To accommodate the community growth, the El Paso County Public Services Department – in coordination with the El Paso County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission – is working to complete an updated plan by December 2016.
The updated plan will build on the results and vision from the 2011 Plan. Public input is vital to the planning process. The engagement effort began in January 2016 and will continue through December.
The outreach strategy includes a diverse array of tactics used to both inform and engage the public, including:
- One-on-One Outreach
- Program Webpage and Social Media
- E-Mail Updates
- Media Outreach
- Direct Mail & Flyer Outreach
- Public Meetings
What we’ve heard from you
Throughout the EPC MTCP Update process, the team gathered extensive feedback on the various aspects of the overall plan. From all of the comments received, the following themes emerged:
- Maintenance – The majority of respondents overwhelmingly agreed that maintaining the county’s existing transportation system is a high priority.
- Funding – Many of the comments expressed a desire for transparent and accurate funding, and for the plan to be diligent in discussing funding sources and costs.
- Safety – Community members expressed that safety should come first in planning future roadways. Many of the comments in regards to safety encouraged a perspective that focused on getting places safely rather than quickly. Many comments stressed accommodating the needs of people with disabilities.
- Economic Vitality – The majority of residents ranked Supporting Economic Vitality as a higher priority and considered it an important part of the planning process.
Other (Secondary) Themes
- Connectivity – Numerous community members stated the importance of increasing and prioritizing bicycle/pedestrian connections, road connections and transportation connections to other areas.
- Choice – Several community members expressed an interest in more diversified transportation options through their comments. While El Paso County does not run transit service, the need for additional mass transit was noted.
- Environment – Many residents highly ranked the need to be considerate of environmental impact during the planning process.
- Involvement – A common theme throughout the comments received was a desire to be included and involved in the MTCP Update. Several community members asked to be added to the mailing list and to be included in upcoming conversations regarding the update.
Transportation Goals Survey Summary
198 respondents completed our survey either online or through direct mail. The table below ranks priorities from highest to lowest.
Where is Growth Expected?
Part of developing a transportation plan is projecting where growth is going to happen over the next few decades. The project team uses data from the State Demographer, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, development applications and past trends, to project where growth is likely in the future. We asked for comments on a draft map and incorporated them to develop the scenario shown on the map below. While this map is not a prediction, it is our best educated guess based on the data and your comments.
Thank you for your interest and comments on the Major Transportation Corridor Plan. Please visit How to Participate to leave a comment about existing and future transportation needs in El Paso County.