Transportation Solutions’ History of Success
Transportation Solutions helped facilitate a feasibility study in coordination with RTD to assess transportation options along the Denver Union Station/Cherry Creek/Glendale corridor. The study suggested an Enhanced Transit Corridor in this area. Read the study results to learn about the transit corridor suggestion.
We paired experienced bikers with people interested in learning how to commute by bike. The pilot program had 20 participants, and focused on those who use the Cherry Creek Trail. Each pair participated in a safety training program and group rides. This program was also part of the Southeast Corridor Connector Study.
This program was designed to reduce single-occupancy car trips along the Leetsdale-Parker corridor. Over a two-year period from 2012 to 2014, the program increased transit ridership by 11 percentage points and decreased driving alone by 15 percentage points. Overall, the program eliminated 230,000 vehicle trips and 2.2 million vehicle miles traveled.
Transportation Solutions has worked with the City of Glendale, the City of Denver, and other stakeholders to improve the built environment so being active in Glendale is easier. We have helped conduct street audits, and secured bike and pedestrian bridges and covered bus shelters.
The B-Line Shuttle was created in 1998 as a collaboration between Transportation Solutions and RTD to serve the Cherry Creek, Glendale and South Colorado Blvd. areas. The bus with the bee logo was popular among commuters and visitors alike and in 2003, RTD incorporated the B-LINE route into its regular transit system.
Colorado Blvd. Sidewalks
In 2000-2001, in order to create an environment that encourages walking and transit use along Colorado Blvd., Transportation Solutions negotiated 37 total easements with private property owners to create sidewalks and bus shelter sites along the corridor.
Cherry Creek Bike Rack
In June of 2004, Transportation Solutions launched Colorado’s first and only urban transportation center and bicycle facility, The Cherry Creek Bike Rack. It featured free, indoor bike parking designed to accommodate bike commuters as well as shoppers and visitors to the Cherry Creek area during its 6 years of operation.
Transportation Solutions founded its Community Council in 2006 as a network of neighborhoods and homeowners associations within our service area, providing an opportunity for neighborhood groups to network and share resources. The Community Council meets quarterly to discuss regional transportation issues, as well as local issues affecting their residents.
In 2004, DU’s Transportation Center (TC) was formed to distribute RTD passes and information on travel options to and around campus. The TC is staffed by students who provide information and resources to University faculty, staff and students. The TC and RTD pass program have shown a reduced demand for parking on campus by 15%.
Designed to Ride- Transit Tubes
In June 2007, Transportation Solutions unveiled Designed to Ride, a program intended to increase bus ridership. With the distinctive character of Cherry Creek in mind, colorful tubes were created to update and enliven 50 area bus stops. Now in its 5th year, Designed to Ride has increased ridership awareness and utilization in the Cherry Creek area, with a transit ridership increase from 3-7%.
Smart Moves Along Colorado Blvd.
Over 2008-2010, to address congestion and promote existing multi-modal options on Colorado Blvd., Transportation Solutions launched Smart Moves Along Colorado Boulevard. This program provided incentives to commuters who tracked their alternative mode trips and yielded a savings of 2.5 million fewer miles driven.
Safe Routes to School
Transportation Solutions and the Stapleton Area TMA collaborated in 2008-2009 to work with six local elementary schools on a Safe Routes to School Project. It assessed existing infrastructure, provided maps and information, and held special events. Lessons learned from this collaborative project are valuable in shaping future Safe Routes to School programs.
With the support of Transportation Solutions, Denver B-cycle was launched in 2010 as the first large-scale, city-wide bike share system in the United States. The system allows memberships to “rent” public bicycles by the hour from any of the 50+ stations around the metro area, with 18 in Transportation Solutions’ service area.
eGo-CarShare Colorado Center
In July 2010, Transportation Solutions partnered with Lincoln Property Company and eGo CarShare to launch the area’s first carshare vehicle to serve commercial office tenants. As part of the launch, Transportation Solutions subsidized the first three months of car placement through the Smart Moves Along Colorado Boulevard grant program.
We Car- DU
In September of 2011, Transportation Solutions partnered with University of Denver’s Sustainability Council to bring WeCar to campus. This car-sharing system adds another alternative to driving alone for DU students.
In 2011 the City of Glendale and Transportation Solutions participated in the South Cherry Street Workshop, led by renowned walkable community expert, Dan Burden, of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. The workshop included a walking audit of Glendale and a report funded through a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. Now Glendale is putting these recommendations into practice with their focus on active living.