If we proceed with the Preferred Alternative, what’s next?
  1. The City of Aspen is working closely with FHWA and CDOT to determine the next steps.
  2. Aspen voters need to approve using the right-of-way over Marolt-Thomas Open Space for exclusive bus lanes instead of a light rail. 
  3. In order to move forward, CDOT requires Aspen City Council to validate its support for the project by passing a resolution stating high-level backing.
  4. The ROD will need to go through a standard reevaluation process to affirm there are no significant changes in the social, economic, and physical environment. 
  5. A project leadership team and project working groups will be formed to advise and make technical recommendations and decisions. 
  6. The City of Aspen has approved staff time and funding ($8.5 million through 2026) to support the initial design process. 
  7. The project needs to get on the CDOT Transportation Planning Region list of priorities. 
  8. Project design kicks into the next phase. This is a two to three-year design process. 
  9. Community outreach and engagement will be ongoing through the design process to gather community input on project components and design elements (i.e.: pedestrian infrastructure, aesthetics, open space planning).
  10. Community support for the ROD would allow the City of Aspen to apply for grants from federal funding sources.

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1. What are the challenges of rebuilding the existing Castle Creek Bridge?
2. If we proceed with the Preferred Alternative, what’s next?
3. What are the cost estimates and funding sources for the Preferred Alternative?