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September 21, 2017

Colorado Hyperloop One Finalist

Hyperloop One, the only company in the world that has built a full-scale Hyperloop system, today announced Colorado as one of the 10 winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world. Following a close assessment of the proposals by a panel of experts in infrastructure, technology and transportation, ten teams from five countries were chosen from among hundreds of applicants. Hyperloop One will commit meaningful business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams/routes to determine their commercial viability. Additionally, as a direct result of the Global Challenge, Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), with support from AECOM, will enter a public private partnership to begin a feasibility study in Colorado that considers a Front Range route from Cheyenne to Pueblo.

"We are excited​ to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves," said Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. "The Hyperloop technology could directly align with our goals of improving mobility and safety in Colorado, and we have been encouraged by the continued progress the technology is taking."

Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation, supported by AECOM, will enter into a public-private partnership that will begin a feasibility study that examines transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and potential strategies, regulatory environments and alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for deploying Hyperloop One's innovative transportation technology in their region.  “The results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. “This is unprecedented and demonstrates how quickly the public-private sectors can partner to make Hyperloop systems a reality around the world. Studies like this bring us closer to our goal of implementing three full-scale systems operating by 2021.”

With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. The company made history this summer with the successful completion of the world’s first-full scale Hyperloop test, achieving record test speeds. There are also discussions of a system spur that would run from Denver to Vail along the I-70 corridor, but there are few details at this time.

Weekend Travel Forecast

The weather forecast along the I-70 corridor is for partly sunny skies on Friday and then a strong possibility of rain on Saturday and Sunday. The fall colors are shaping up nicely, making this a great weekend to visit the mountains!

Friday WB –Slowing and minor delays are possible between Noon and 5:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.

Saturday WB – Last year there were delays in the Floyd Hill area during the 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. timeframe, with a peak delay of 25 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Saturday EB – No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound slowing could begin around Noon and continue until approximately 8:30 p.m.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

September 12, 2017

Fall is Ideal Travel Season

The coming weeks are some of the best times to visit the Colorado Mountains.  The weather is still great, the crowds are gone, and I-70 traffic is not much of a factor.  There are still some times you want to avoid, so travel off-peak and enjoy a delay-free trip on I-70!

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB – Slow traffic is possible between 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area. 

Saturday WB – Expect some delays between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  There might be up to 30 minutes delay time, with peak traffic occurring right around noon.

Saturday EB - No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound congestion will likely be a factor from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the peak delays occurring between 1:00-5:00 p.m.  The last two years saw peak delays of 30 minutes, and CDOT metered traffic at the Eisenhower Tunnel to keep traffic from backing up in the tunnel.

Check out the GoI70.com Peak Time Deals for an excuse to stay late and save!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, and an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

September 7, 2017

Get Your Head Out Of Your Apps

We borrowed the headline, Get Your Head Out Of Your Apps, from one of our favorite CDOT campaigns aimed at discouraging distracted driving.  On June 1, 2017, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that dramatically increased a first distracted driving offense from a $50 fine and one point on a driver’s record to a $300 fine and four points.  Colorado drivers are allowed no more than 12 violation points on their license in a single year, making the increased penalties significant and an important deterrent.

“Twenty-two percent of surveyed Coloradans admit to having read a message recently while driving, 64 percent selected entertainment on a mobile device and 33 percent talked on a hand-held phone. The stats are alarming,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “The dangers of using your phone while driving are very real. We hope that by recognizing the increased risk, drivers will defer using their hand-held devices while driving thus leading to improved safety on our roadways.”

 In order to raise awareness about the harsher penalties and the ongoing threat distracted driving poses, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching their Drop The Distraction campaign with a high-visibility public awareness campaign. CDOT hopes to curb the impulse for drivers to grab their phones while driving. For more information about distracted driving in Colorado, visit distraction.codot.gov.

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB – Minor slowing is possible from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday WB – Light congestion between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs might develop around 11:00 a.m. and continue until around 2:00 p.m.

Saturday EB – No congestion-related traffic is predicted.       

Sunday EB – Traffic due to volume is expected between 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. On this day last year, the peak delay was 30 minutes during the early to mid-afternoon hours.  Stay late, skip the traffic and save with a GoI70 Peak Time Deal!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.


 

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