Boulder County is a great place to live, work, and play. With beautiful scenery, over 62,000 acres of public open space and countless opportunities for recreation, a great sense of community, and strong local economies, there is so much to love about Boulder County.
Our multimodal transportation network connects our communities and places we want to go. Whether it’s taking a bus to work, riding a bike on the US 36 Bikeway, walking our kids to school, or driving to an appointment, Boulder County’s multimodal transportation network helps to get us there.
There are many ways to get around Boulder County, but rising costs, a growing population, and new technologies are changing how people use the transportation system. Rapid change means that not everyone has access to all transportation options. On top of these changes, costs to maintain the system are going up while funding is going down.
Plan for the Future
We can achieve our vision of a sustainable and inclusive transportation network, but we need to work together to prioritize our transportation investments, explore new funding options, and plan for the future. The county’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) provides a blueprint for Boulder County’s transportation system for the next 25 years. The TMP will help us understand community needs, provide a clear vision for the Transportation Department, and help us secure funding as it becomes available.
The original TMP was approved in 2012 (learn more). It’s time for an update, and we’ll need your help.
Transportation Master Plan 2018-19 Update
Boulder County is currently in the process of updating its Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP update will reflect changes that have been made since the TMP was first developed in 2012 and will include new or trending transportation-related technology, changes in demographics, land use, travel patterns, opportunities for infrastructure and economic resiliency, and funding challenges and opportunities.
The TMP includes five key strategies that are based on the vision and goals from the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan:
The TMP update will include updated information on each of the five key strategies, including completed projects, updated travel patterns, and project cost estimates. In addition, we will also take a deeper look at:
- Performance Metrics – Identify key performance metrics, including how performance could be measured, pros/cons of using performance metrics, and implementation actions that are most likely to achieve the desired results.
- Safety Improvements – Incorporate analysis from crash data (Boulder County report); identify problem areas, typical types of problems, identify recommended strategies based on national and international best-practices, and include a high-level analysis of the trade-offs that result from their implementation (i.e., travel time, construction costs).
- Low-Stress Bicycle-Pedestrian Access – Identify “low stress” evaluation criteria and evaluate the bicycle/pedestrian network by applying it. Identify corridors where bicycle facilities are needed to complete a low-stress bicycle network. Include recommendations and best practices for specific facility types in a rural/suburban context. Update TMP maps to reflect existing and planned low-stress facilities and other bicycle facilities for final document.
- Family & School Transportation Needs – Identify transportation needs/challenges related to families and schools.
- Affordable Living – Complete an analysis of the combined cost of housing and transportation for residents of Boulder County.
- Technology – Identify transportation-related trends such as ride-hailing, dock-less bicycle and scooter providers, autonomous vehicles, electric bicycles and the anticipated level of adoption in the future. Incorporate data from the Mobility Choice Blueprint study that are relevant to Boulder County.
State of the System Report
To assist with the update process, we have developed a State of the System Report that summarizes current conditions facing our transportation system, outlines work that has been completed since the initial TMP was created in 2012, and summarizes future projects that can help meet identified needs. It also provides:
- An overview of current travel patterns
- A look at current funding sources and levels
- A summary of projects and programs identified in other studies and planning efforts.
2018 Community Survey Results
To help with the TMP update, Boulder County issued a survey in the fall of 2018 to engage the public and gather their thoughts and opinionis on transportation needs and priorities for current and future funding. A big thank you to everyone who completed the survey. Your help is invaluable.
There will be several opportunities for public input on the TMP update. Kick-off public meetings were held in September 2018 (see below), but more are coming. In early 2019, we will have additional meetings to gather feedback on draft recommendations for the TMP. Anticipated completion date = spring/summer 2019.
- Receive email updates on the update process, including meetings and other ways to participate by registering for the TMP update listserv.
- No public meetings are currently scheduled, but we’re planning some for the spring 2019.
Previous Public Meetings
- Planning Commission Update – Oct. 17, 2018
- A series of three project kick-off meetings were held in September and early October 2018 to introduce the update, present information, and gather feedback