BSC2009 – Boulder Transportation – Will Toor

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  • Traditional road-building focus until 1990

  • Fiscal, political and physical reality intervened

  • Goal – Hold Traffic to 1994 levels, reduce SOV mode share to 25%

  • Why not just build more roads?

  • If Boulder pursued a road capacity building project:

    • $200 million on road capacity projects

    • improve system congestion from 60% in 20 years to 51% congested

    • would require removing existing buildings in many cases

    • evidence shows that the benefits are offset by changed behaviors.

  • Vehicle Technology

    • greatest short term potential in higher fuel economy – lower emission vehicle

    • biofuels not a definite benefit

    • plug in hybrids (PHEV) beneficial if on a clean energy grid

    • technology alone will not be enough

      • Land use transportation connection with compact development

      • shifting investments from conventional to transit and bicycle transportation.

  • Smart Grid City

    • Monitoring and remote information of all uses of energy in the grid

    • Renewable energy

    • programmable in-home systems to fully automate renewable energy use. (XCEL Energy)

    • PHEV capacity in a pilot project with Vehicle to Grid battery storage (V2G)

    • Beginning to see homeowners oversizing solar system anticipating PHEV availability.

  • Compact Land Use

    • Urban growth boundary surrounded by publicly owned open space.

  • Travel Choices

    • Transit Services

      • Designed to meet the needs of the customer

      • high frequency

      • supported by pass programs – lots of options.

      • extended hours of service

      • community characters

      • real time arrival information

      • focus on ridership, not coverage.

    • Create Demand for Transit

    • Bike System

    • Pedestrian System

    • Marketing and information

    • Land Use/Urban Design

    • Parking Pricing

    • Partnership with University of Colorado

    • But with very limited funds.

    • Resarch shows that VMT reductions nationwide could be as much as 30% by 2050 – without any other inputs for change.