The Colorado Department of Transportation is awarding $492,000 in grants to communities and organizations across the state to help ease traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from driving through “Care Management”. demand for transport”.
“At CDOT, we’ve long known that we can’t just pull ourselves out of congestion, and we’re proud to help these pioneering communities and organizations give people more options for travel,” said Shoshana, Chief Executive Officer. of CDOT. Lew. “Transportation demand management strategies can help manage congestion, restore air quality and reduce emissions. They can also make communities more prosperous and sustainable.
Transportation demand management, increasingly embraced by cities and states, involves using strategies to provide travelers with more travel choices than just driving a single vehicle. These choices may include mode, route and time of travel and work location. Providing these choices doesn’t just reduce congestion and emissions; it increases the reliability of the trip.
Common transportation demand management strategies focus on mass transit, micromobility such as bicycles and scooters, improved pedestrian infrastructure, smart growth policies, intelligent transportation systems, pathways managed and the encouragement of electronic working options. These approaches are most often used in large urban areas, but many smaller communities can benefit from them, and CDOT’s grant program will help them do so.
“Some organizations in the metro area have been doing great work on these strategies for many years,” said Kay Kelly, head of innovative mobility for CDOT. “We are thrilled to see these grants help existing groups develop successful projects and encourage innovation and the expansion of transportation demand management efforts to new audiences across the state. »
Funded projects include:
- A program through Colorado CarShare which provides electric vehicle sharing to disadvantaged communities. The $50,000 grant from CDOT will allow the program to expand from its current location in Denver to other communities in the metro area, such as Louisville and Lafayette.
- An effort at Colorado State University-Fort Collins develop a transportation demand management plan for UHC that works for employees and students and educate other higher education institutions in the state about their process and lessons learned. The $50,000 will fund the creation of the plan.
- Summit County Trailhead Shuttle: expansion of a pilot program originally launched for Quandary Peak and McCullough Gulch. The $50,000 grant will help fund an expansion of daily shuttle service to busy Summit County trailheads while reducing congestion on CO 9.
- Transportation solutions, a $50,000 grant to the Louisville-based organization to conduct an analysis of existing local government parking and land use policies and to create a best practices toolkit for policy review local land use and development. The organization would be in partnership with Boulder County, City of Louisville, City of Lafayette, City of Longmont, City of Superior and City of Erie.
- The city of Aspena $50,000 grant for the expansion of an existing micro-transit service program – including new door-to-hub models and virtual bus stops – and the launch of bike stations in additional self-service facilities that facilitate the sharing of electric bikes.
- The City of Pines Castlesa $47,000 grant to the city for Assessment, Outreach and Planning to identify strategies to connect Castle Pines commuters to existing RTD services – and specifically Park & Ride as a plaque rotating access to public transport.
- Colorado foruma $50,000 grant to market and promote a “Guide to Driving Change” developed to provide employers with best practices in green mobility options, while integrating employer challenges, rewards and recognition efforts and documentation of progress.
- The city of Fort Collins$81,000 for a pilot program for City of Fort Collins employees and low-income residents that would provide free access to micromobility through Spin in combination with an eight-month program of education, equipment support and outreach that builds on the city’s broader “Shift” Your Ride Travel Options transportation demand management program.
- The Town of Glenwood Springsa $64,000 grant to create a transportation management association for Glenwood Springs that will develop transportation demand management strategies recommended by the city’s 2021 Multimodal Options for a Vibrant Economy (MOVE) study, conducted alongside of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA).