Create Effective Regional Partnerships that Produce Results
The greatest increase in projected travel over the next 25 years for the City of Boulder is in the area of regional travel. New employment and shopping opportunities will increase the need for travelers to be able to get to, into and through Boulder to reach their destinations. If our businesses are to be successful and thrive, we must provide a broad range of multimodal improvements to address congestion and mobility needs.
Recent transportation modeling shows that the greatest increase in future congestion will occur on the limited number of regional facilities connecting Boulder with neighboring communities. While the city has an investment program to fund facilities and programs within the city, there is very little additional investment currently funded for the regional facilities. Without some change, a significant increase in regional travel will occur on facilities that look much like they are today. The City of Boulder can play an important role in facilitating regional action to provide and fund convenient travel choices. While travel by Boulder residents within the city is generally on track with the TMP objectives, regional travel is still highly dependent on Single Occupant Vehicles. Due to the distances of regional trips, future travel will need to be balanced between automobiles, transit and strategies such as carpooling and vanpools. As with the U.S. 36 corridor, regional corridors will require long-term solutions that include and integrate multiple travel options.
Condition of our Regional Connections
Some corridors, such as U.S. 36, have been the focus of significant work over a number of years and have a well defined vision supported by the city and the other communities along the corridor. Other corridors such as SH 93 south of town have received very little attention.
As part of the 2003 TMP Update process, the regional connections were evaluated based on the amount of traffic traveling on the corridors. The map illustrates the results based on 2001 traffic data. In addition, information was compiled for each corridor describing the status and current activities, as of phase 1 of the 2003 TMP Update (fall of 2001).
What are We Currently Doing to Improve Regional Travel?
The City of Boulder has planned improvements that begin to address regional travel.
Key Partnership Strategy Areas Being Pursued
Many Boulder residents and employees travel daily through Boulder County and adjacent cities to reach their destinations, while nearly half of the city's workforce must use the regional facilities to reach their jobs in Boulder. Given these relationships, it is evident that Boulder is not in this alone and must work with neighboring communities to develop regional partnerships addressing regional travel.
U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition (MCC) - Since 1998, the city has worked with the Boulder County Commissioners and U.S. 36 corridor mayors on developing a mutually agreed upon multimodal package of improvements for the corridor. The city will continue partnerships to support the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) set of improvements for the corridor. The city will proactively work with these partners and RTD, CDOT, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), the federal government and the business community to complete the Environmental Impact Study (EIS), and to fund and build these improvements. Ideas and objectives for the U.S. 36 Corridor
Boulder County Regional Transit Committee - A key strategy of this plan is the proactive participation of the city in the Boulder County Regional Transit Committee sponsored by the Consortium of Cities to plan and finance our transit future together. (Part of this is in response to changes with RTD)
Ideas and objectives include:
S.H. 119/Diagonal Consensus - Through partnerships between Boulder County, CDOT, RTD, city of Longmont and City of Boulder, a collective set of near-term and mid-term regional solutions have been developed for this corridor. The city will continue partnerships to support the consensus set of improvements, including the pursuit of extending passenger rail up to the S.H. 119 corridor; funding; and construction. Ideas and objectives for the S.H. 119 corridor include:
One project that is currently being implemented is the S.H.119/S.H.52 interchange reconstruction.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:20