Transportation Master Plan

 Transportation Master Plan

On December 11, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the Transportation Master Plan.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) describes Boulder County's multimodal transportation system and how it will develop over the next 25 years. This long-range plan discusses where people are traveling now - and where they will be going in the future. It focuses on travel within Boulder County and to other places in the region. The challenge is to facilitate this travel in a manner that is affordable, responsive to anticipated needs and changes, and consistent with Boulder County goals and policies.

The TMP identifies programs, services, and facilities that Boulder County will implement to help people get where they need to go in a safe, efficient, and environmentally sensitive manner.  Investments in the transportation system include improvements to the county's transportation corridors and bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and roadway networks.  They also include programs and services to improve access to transportation, ensure that the system is maintained, and provide options for different ways to travel.  The TMP will include recommendations in these different areas.

How was the plan developed?

The development of the TMP includes four phases, all designed to ensure that public feedback influences the plan's recommendations:

  • Issue Identification to learn what transportation issues are important to the residents of boulder county and help define what the plan should address (Winter/Spring 2011);
  • Issue Analysis to further understand the key transportation issues identified in the first phase of the planning process (Spring/Summer 2011);
  • Draft Plan to determine how to address the key planning issues and develop preliminary recommendations for public review (Fall 2011-Spring 2012); and
  • Final Plan to review public input on the draft plan, incorporate it into the plan, and present the final plan to elected officials, including the Board of County Commissioners, which will consider the plan for adoption (Summer 2012).

Public Involvement activities, including opportunities to provide input into the plan, will take place during every planning phase, beginning in January 2011.

The Consortium of Cities has convened the Sustainable Transportation Task Force, which consists of staff representatives from the communities within Boulder County, adjacent counties, and transportation agencies. The task force will meet throughout the planning process to help develop recommendations for the master plan.

What's new?

The Planning Team is currently drafting the 25-year planning document which will include recommendations for investing in Boulder County's transportation infrastructure, services, and programs. The final plan will include recommendations for:

  • Boulder County's roadway and bikeable shoulders network, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transit routes;
  • Accessibility programs that increase people's ability to use the transportation system;
  • Travel Demand Management (TDM) programs to decrease Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) travel and encourage travel in other ways; and
  • Transportation improvements to SH 119 Diagonal, SH 7 (Arapahoe/Baseline), and other corridors to facilitate multimodal travel throughout Boulder County and the surrounding region.

How can you be involved?

The Planning Team continues to collect feedback to help shape the plan. To provide input:

  • View Planning Commission meeting materials to learn about the issues that the planning team has examined and preview the plan's draft recommendations.
  • Send an email with your comments to
  • Attend a Public Meeting to comment on the draft plan. Continue to consult this webpage or sign up for our mailing list to receive the meeting announcement.

There are many ways to receive information about the transportation master planning process, including announcements of public involvement activities:

  • Continue to consult this webpage
  • Like Boulder County on Facebook
  • Follow @bouldercounty on Twitter

 Planning Commission

To facilitate the development of the Transportation Master Plan, the Boulder County Planning Commission will:

  • Provide guidance on the development of the plan
  • Consider public input gathered throughout the planning process
  • Conduct a Public Hearing to collect public input on the draft plan

Updates to the Planning Commission will occur throughout the planning process:

September 15, 2010

February 16, 2011

March 16, 2011

April 20, 2011

September 21, 2011

April 18, 2012

May 16, 2012

October 17, 2012

  • Draft Master Plan
  •  Public Meetings

    The first series of public meetings for the Transportation Master Plan took place in January 2011 in Boulder, Lafayette, and Longmont.  Approximately 75 people attended and provided feedback to the Boulder County Planning Team about the transportation system.

    Participants viewed information on meeting display boards and completed comment forms:

    The planning team also gave presentations that focused on the purpose of the planning effort and the future of Boulder County:

    The feedback provided at the public meetings in January were presented to the Consortium of Cities on February 2 and the Boulder County Planning Commission on February 16, 2011.

    In October (10th and 11th), the last series of public meetings will be held for the Transportation Master Plan. Find more information about the public meetings.

    • Boulder County DRAFT Transportation Master Plan
    • Boulder County DRAFT Transportation Master Plan