Regional Travel: Evaluation of Regional Connections
During phase 2 of the 2003 TMP Update process, the regional connections were evaluated. The overall objectives were to:
Identify which regional corridors are significant to city transportation efforts;
Prioritize these corridors for future focus and investment; and,
Define the vision for the regional corridors, their relationship to the citys multimodal corridors and the citys approach for achieving this vision.
To meet these objectives, the work during the update process was focused on the following tasks:
- Evaluating Socioeconomic Base Data and Projections: Updated information was collected for the regional population, employment estimates and growth forecasts and demographics.
- Describing Current Travel Conditions: Existing corridors and facilities, travel characteristics such as volumes, level of service, etc., including local and regional transit service were described through modeling and mapping techniques.
- Existing conditions and corridor performance - Identified regional connections and summary conditions, such as current traffic volumes, existence of partnerships, and level of mode share.
- Summary matrix - characterizing the status of the regional corridors relative to current and planned improvements, their funding, funding strategy and partnerships.
- Initial ranking of regional connections by priority
- Summary table from the Boulder Valley Count Program - shows recent and historical vehicle per day (vpd) counts for all the roads leading into the Boulder Valley. Base on the 2001 counts, the five corridors shown on the corridors map carry about 64 percent of the vehicle traffic entering and leaving the Boulder Valley. U.S. 36 and the Longmont Diagonal are clearly the largest roadways connecting to the city, with over 81,000 and 43,000 vehicles per day respectively. South Boulder Road has the next highest volumes at 25,000 vpd, followed by Broadway south of the city limits with 20,000.
- Travel Characteristics - Level of service for regional corridors
- Local and/or regional emphasis
- Projecting Future Travel Demand: Based on projected population and employment and demographic characteristics, future travel demand for each corridor was projected.
- Socioeconomic base data and projections - a series of maps displaying the projected growth in population and employment from the DRCOG regional data sets (Existing and Future Socioeconomic Data in Regional Travelsheds).
- Jobs/Housing Project - The city explored changes to its commercial areas that further the City Council's economic, environmental, transportation, and housing goals.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:23