Kicking Off the 2020 Legislative Session with a BANG

Bringing the Coalition Together

To start the new year and the new decade, Commuting Solutions was joined by a powerhouse lineup of speakers at our 11th Legislative Breakfast to set the tone for the legislative session ahead of us. On January 6, public and private sector stakeholders, elected officials and transportation advocates and businesses gathered at the Aloft Hotel in Broomfield to talk about what we need to do, as a coalition and a region, to make our multimodal vision become a reality, starting with our 2020 transportation priorities.

The State of Transportation in Colorado

The unfortunate reality in our state is that transportation needs to be funded and we can’t agree on how. With the defeat of Proposition 110 and Proposition CC in the past two statewide elections, it’s becoming clear that what’s being done isn’t working so we need to be creative in finding a sustainable funding mechanism. Colorado is currently looking at a list of nearly $9 billion of unfunded transportation projects statewide. Republicans believe that the funding necessary can be found in the General Fund, while the Democrats want to find a dedicated, sustainable funding source for our current and future needs.

In our region alone, we are working to find funding for State Highway 119, State Highway 7, Peak Service Exploration for Northwest Rail and other projects.

If a statewide approach doesn’t start working, it may be necessary to look into regional or local funding sources for transportation. Whether that’s through Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) or Regional Transportation Authorities (RTAs), a regional approach may leave some areas of the state in further disrepair while other region choose to pursue their own funding.

To explore these topics and what lies ahead, we were joined by U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, Governor Jared Polis, Broomfield Mayor, Pat Quinn, Speaker of the House KC Becker, Senator Faith Winter, Representative Matt Gray, Colorado Energy Office Executive Director Will Toor, RTD General Manager, David Genova, Brue Baukol founder Chad Brue, Senator Rachel Zenzinger and CDOT Executive Director, Shoshana Lew.

Here are a few of the key takeaways from the event.

Moving Forward with 2020 Vision

We have to continue to work together.

From organizations such as the Denver Regional Council of Governments to the US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition, we have proved to be a force to be reckoned with when we work together. It was collaboration and persistence that brought the US 36 corridor from being a congested, slow-moving highway to one of the most effective multi-modal corridors in the state that is now being used a model across the nation. It was a resounding message touched on by all the speakers: together we are stronger and we can accomplish anything.

Funding NEEDS to be resolved.

Representative Matt Gray said it best when he said he doesn’t want to come to next year’s Legislative Breakfast with nothing to show or no progress made to address the significant transportation funding gap. In 2020, the biggest enemy we have won’t be the opposition, but if we finish the year without getting something across the finish line. Transportation funding cannot continue to be debated without getting any results. The longer it takes to figure out a solution, the larger the list of unfunded projects will become and the further behind we will fall in keeping our infrastructure in pace with our state’s growth.

Climate change and the environment are an integral part of the conversation.

No matter what funding mechanism we decide on or what innovations we integrate into our infrastructure, it’s all for nothing if we don’t start reducing our emissions and lessening our impact on the environment. Colorado Energy Office Director, Will Toor, discussed the electrification of our transportation and infrastructure, starting with Governor Polis’ zero emissions vehicle mandate from 2019. Transportation has become the largest source of emissions nationally, overtaking electricity. It’ll take a collaborative effort between the state, the auto industry and the general public to electrify transportation, but it can and will be done.

 

Transportation funding, sustainability and our future as a state depends on our ability to work together and continue to be creative around solving the problems in front of us. We have done it before as a region, and we will continue to do it again, until our multimodal vision, established in the Northwest Area Mobility Study, is fully realized and keeping us moving.

Vanpool? More Like VanCool!

Are you getting tired of driving alone during your long commute? It’s time to get your out of your car and into a vanpool! Commuting Solutions, in partnership with Way to Go, Commute with Enterprise and GO Boulder/City of Boulder is excited to announce their newest program: VanCool! Register for a vanpool and receive $20 a month for the rest of the year towards the cost of your vanpool!*

The VanCool program was inspired by our mission to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality throughout the Denver Metro region.

Vanpools are the perfect solution for commuters who travel more than 15-miles one-way to work. Passengers share the ride in a vehicle – which contrary to the name, isn’t always a van – that seats 5-15 people. Participants pay a monthly fee that covers the cost of fuel, insurance and vehicle maintenance.

The benefits of vanpooling are never ending. When traveling along US 36, vanpools have access to the US 36 Express Lanes for free as a High Occupancy Vehicle.** Participants in vanpools also don’t have to worry about making time to bring their vans in for maintenance: the maintenance crew will come to your workplace so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Still not sold on vanpools or have some more questions? Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about vanpools.

FAQ

How much will a vanpool cost?

Every vanpool is different. The cost is determined using a formula that takes into consideration the distance of your commute, the number of participants, how many days a week your traveling, the cost of gas and more. The cost of the vanpool will cover:

  • 30-day agreements
  • Full administrative support by a local staff
  • All maintenance and repairs covered
  • 24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, including free loaner van as needed
  • Guaranteed Ride Home – In an emergency you can take a free cab ride up to 100 miles one was
  • $1 million insurance policy with no deductible.
  • A one-time $60.00 CO State Road Fee charged on first invoice

How do I find people to vanpool with?

We will help you! Vanpools can be created a handful of different ways. Vanpools are primarily created through employer vanpool matching events. We will create a dot map of employee addresses and determine potential vanpools based on clusters. We can also use the My Way to Go network to match you with existing vanpools.

When and where will I meet up with my vanpool?

That’s up for you and your pool to decide! As a vanpool, you’ll need to establish ground rules ahead of time, such as a meeting place, departure times and how long the van will wait for a late passenger. Park-n-Rides are popular meet-up locations as well as a great place to store the van.

Do I have to drive?

Not if you don’t want to! Each vanpool must have at least two drivers listed and covered by insurance. It’s up to the vanpool to decide who the drivers will be.

What happens if I need to get home in the middle of the day or unexpectedly change my schedule?

If anything unexpected comes up, the Guaranteed Ride Home program is available to all our vanpool participants. All you’ll need to do is call their number and schedule a ride.

Can I bring a bike?

Sure, just tell your vanpool coordinators ahead of time and your vehicle can be retrofitted with a bike rack!

So sign up, help decrease traffic congestion and save a little extra money while you’re at it. Now that’s a cool idea.

Ready to get registered? Click here, fill out the form and we’ll be in touch!

*This offer is valid to those who qualify as a new vanpool in the Commuting Solutions region. New vanpool must be registered by 5:00pm on September 30, 2019. Management reserves all rights. New participants who commute into/out of Boulder, Colorado will receive an additional $20 per person, per month through December 31, 2019.

**Driver must have switchable HOV pass in vehicle.

 

Sustainable Transportation Summit to Look at Future of Multi-Modal Transportation

Multimodal Transportation Professionals Gather at Sustainable Transportation Summit

The Sustainable Transportation Summit features national, regional and local experts

LOUISVILLE, Colo – From self-driving cars to the future of transportation throughout the state of
Colorado, Commuting Solutions’ Sustainable Transportation Summit on May 9th at the Longmont
Museum convenes industry thought leaders whose work in sustainable mobility and land-use
development is transforming how communities are connected and redefining the travel experience
across the state and nation.
“Our vision for the northwest metro region includes a rich blend of multimodal travel options accessible
to our community,” said Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director, Commuting Solutions. “The Sustainable
Transportation Summit is an opportunity to share the successes of our region and learn from
communities throughout the state and beyond.”
The Sustainable Transportation Summit will feature local and regional speakers, breakout sessions and
ample networking opportunities for attendees to create lasting connections. The complete agenda for
the Sustainable Transportation Summit is as follows:

Sustainable Transportation Summit Agenda
7:15 a.m. Morning Networking & Opening Remarks

8:00 a.m. Breakout Session One

The Reality of Autonomous Vehicle Planning Today for the Future
Patrick Picard, Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants
Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Initiatives, EasyMile
Kathleen Bracke, Go Boulder Manager, City of Boulder
Session moderated by Mizraim Cordero, VP of Government Affairs, Denver Metro
Chamber of Commerce.
Bus Rapid Transit as a Catalyst for Economic Development
Featured Speaker: Steve Long, Project Manager, HDR Inc.

9:15 a.m. Breakout Session Two
Denver’s New Multi-Modal Frontier
Chrissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation & Mobility, City & County of Denver
TNCs & Public Transit: Harmony or Competition?
Pete Mickartz, Senior Manager of Enterprise Sales, Chariot
Amy Johnson, Senior Planner, UrbanTrans North America
Dave Britton, General Manager, Uber
Session moderated by Paul DesRocher, Manager, RTD

10:30 a.m. Breakout Session Three
Future of Mobility: Self-Driving Cars, Rapidly Traveling Pods & More
Amy Ford, Chief of Advanced Mobility, CDOT
Peter Kozinski, Director, RoadX Program CDOT
Connecting Communities: The Rise of Bike Share
Adrian Albus, Director of Growth Strategy, Zagster
Kevin Bell, Marketing and Sales Director, Boulder B-cycle
David ‘DK’ Kemp, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder
Sam Sadle, Director of Strategic Development, LimeBike
Patrick Quintana, General Manager, Ofo
Session moderated by Marni Ratzel, Transportation Planning Consultant
11:30 a.m. Mobile Tour
Discover Longmont: A Mobile Tour of Longmont’s Transit Oriented Communities
Featured Speakers: Shawn Lewis, Assistant City Manager, City of Longmont; Phil
Greenwald, Transportation Planner, City of Longmont.

The Sustainable Transportation Summit is on Wednesday, May 9 from 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Longmont Museum. Tickets are $90.00 for members, $100.00 for non-members. Limited exhibit spaces
are available starting at $115. For additional information about the Sustainable Transportation Summit,
please visit: http://bit.ly/2nNrvk9

December 19, 2016              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Audrey DeBarros, Commuting Solutions Executive Director
Cell: 303-330-4939
audrey@commutingsolutions.org

Commuting Solutions Appoints Board of Directors and Board Officers

LOUISVILLE, Colo— On December 13, at the Commuting Solutions annual meeting, members of Commuting Solutions approved the recommended board members for 2017-2018 service term.

Joining the Board of Directors are Gina McAfee of HDR Engineering; Rob Zuccaro of City of Louisville; Shawn Lewis of City of Longmont; Heather Cracraft of the Superior Chamber of Commerce; and Tushar Udeshi of Google. The new board members’ terms will begin January 1, 2017 and end December 31, 2018.

During 2017, the Board of Directors will be led by the following Board Officers: Chairperson David Driscoll of Driscoll Rose LLC; Vice Chairperson Kathleen Bracke of City of Boulder; Past Chairperson Debra Baskett of City of Westminster; Treasurer Ken Hotard of Boulder Area Realtor Association; and Secretary Chris McShane of Colorado Business Bank.

“We are fortunate to have such a diverse and knowledgeable Board of Directors guide our organization as we continue to address regional transportation issues,” says Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros.

The full list of board members and officers is available at commutingsolutions.org/about-us/board-staff/.

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About Commuting Solutions:
Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions. Be part of the progress along US 36, visit commutingsolutions.org.

8th Legislative Breakfast Defines Transportation Priorities for the 2017 Session

December 16, 2016              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director Commuting Solutions
Cell: 303-330-4939
audrey@commutingsolutions.org

8th Legislative Breakfast Defines Transportation Priorities for the 2017 Session
Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber Alliance to host 8th Legislative Breakfast on January 5

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber Alliance (a coalition of the Broomfield, Boulder and Longmont Chambers) will host the 8th Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, January 5 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. The purpose of this year’s event is to convene public and private stakeholders around the Northwest region’s transportation priorities during the 2017 legislative session.

The 8th Legislative Breakfast will provide a collaborative environment for businesses, governments and transportation agencies to discuss the future of the Northwest region, especially as it relates to potential state legislation to prioritize transportation. Businesses have a growing voice in transportation planning, as effective transportation leads to increased economic growth. John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, explains, “Transportation is becoming a paramount issue for businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. Businesses that are highly accessible become desirable employment hubs and ultimately increase a region’s population, economy and quality of life.”

Economic development is a focal point of this year’s breakfast, but the breakfast also provides a platform for the public and private sectors to convene on the region’s transportation priorities and focus on moving forward. Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros says, “Over 16% of the Denver metro region’s population and employment is concentrated in Boulder County, Broomfield County and City of Westminster, which means the outcomes of transportation over the coming years will determine how our region’s economy, public health and population progress over the coming decades.”

Legislators such as House Majority Leader, KC Becker, Senator John Cooke (Senate Transportation Committee Vice Chair) and Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush (House Transportation & Energy Committee Chair) will discuss the priorities most important to their parties and regions, and the US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition and Commuting Solutions will present their 2017 Legislative Policy Agenda. The breakfast will also feature a keynote address from Governor Hickenlooper and presentations by regional businesses leaders and elected officials.

The cost to attend is $75 for members of Commuting Solutions, the Broomfield Chamber, the Boulder Chamber and the Longmont Chamber and $90 for non-members. Registration can be completed through January 4 by visiting http://bit.ly/2eTlEBp.

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About Commuting Solutions:
Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions. Be part of the progress along US 36, visit commutingsolutions.org.

About the Northwest Chamber Alliance:
The Northwest Chamber Alliance was formed in 2016 as a coalition focused on regional issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life. It is currently comprised of the Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont Chambers, representing approximately 2,400 businesses made up of 100,000 employees. These businesses range from large international corporations to small businesses, startups, nonprofits and public institutions.

 

Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber Alliance to Host 8th Legislative Breakfast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2016

Contact: Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director Commuting Solutions
Tel: 303-330-4939
audrey@commutingsolutions.org

Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber
Alliance to Host 8th Legislative Breakfast

LOUISVILLE, Colo— Business leaders and elected officials from the Northwest region will gather on Thursday, January 5 for the 8th Legislative Breakfast. The breakfast will be hosted by Commuting Solutions, in partnership with the Northwest Chamber Alliance, and will feature a keynote address from Governor Hickenlooper.

This year’s breakfast will focus on the future of transportation in the Northwest region and the transportation priorities for the 2017 legislative session, as will impacts of effective transportation on the region’s economic growth. Louisville Mayor Bob Muckle and Lori Frasier, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Performance Management at Key Equipment Finance, will join the breakfast as guest speakers, and Amelia Earhart of 9NEWS will be this year’s guest emcee.

The breakfast will be held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel on Thursday, January 5 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $75 for members of Commuting Solutions, the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the Longmont Chamber of Commerce and $90 for non-members. Registration can be completed through January 4 by visiting http://bit.ly/2eTlEBp.

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About Commuting Solutions:
Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions. Be part of the progress along US 36, visit commutingsolutions.org.

About the Northwest Chamber Alliance:
The Northwest Chamber Alliance was formed in 2016 as a coalition focused on regional issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life. It is currently comprised of the Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont Chambers, representing approximately 2,400 businesses made up of 100,000 employees. These businesses range from large international corporations to small businesses, startups, nonprofits and public institutions.

Federal Railroad Administration grants RTD and DTP extension of waiver, allowing continued operation of University of Colorado A Line and B Line

90 day waiver extension follows FRA, RTD, DTP meeting to review plans

DENVER (Nov. 2, 2016) – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has granted the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its contract builder and operator Denver Transit Partners (DTP) an extension of their waiver, allowing for continued operation of University of Colorado A Line and B Line.

Under the waiver extension, FRA noted that DTP must implement the items contained in the plan that was presented to FRA staff last Friday, Oct. 28 in Washington, DC. In addition, RTD and DTP will hold twice weekly progress meetings with the FRA Region 6 staff and will schedule monthly face-to-face progress meetings with the FRA in Washington, DC.

“We greatly appreciate the FRA granting the waiver extension, which is the direct result of the excellent working relationship between FRA, RTD and DTP,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “The University of Colorado A Line and the B Line trains have and will continue to operate safely while the remaining crossing issues are being addressed. We also appreciate that our passengers have continued to embrace our commuter rail service, as we are already exceeding our ridership projections for the end of the first year of operation for both lines.”

The University of Colorado A Line has average weekday ridership of 18,800 passengers, exceeding first-year-end projections of 18,600 passengers; the B Line has 1,480 daily passengers, well ahead of the first-year-end projection of 800 passengers.

Since opening in April, the University of Colorado A Line has operated with flaggers at each of the crossings to monitor and control traffic in case the gates stay down too long. The B Line, which opened in July, had a flagger in place at the one crossing on that line. The flaggers will remain in place until all actions are completed to correct crossing gate down time and other issues.

About RTD
RTD’s mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective bus and rail services in the eight-county district, and fulfills 100 million passenger trips annually. The public transit agency is creating a larger, better and more accessible system through innovation, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented communities. For more information visit, rtd-denver.com.

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Preserving the US 36 Bikeway for Today and the Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2016

Contact: Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director Commuting Solutions
Cell: 303-330-4939
audrey@commutingsolutions.org
commutingsolutions.org   

Preserving the US 36 Bikeway for Today and the Future
Two new projects maintain and improve the US 36 Bikeway

LOUISVILLE, Colo.— As part of an ongoing effort to improve and maintain the newly opened US 36 Bikeway, Commuting Solutions and US 36 local governments have teamed up to launch two programs focused on enhancing the US 36 Bikeway experience. The Unified Maintenance Agreement and the Northwest Corridor Wayfinding Design and Implementation Plan both take effect this month and are significant milestones for the US 36 Bikeway and the corridor’s ongoing efforts to support cycling as a viable travel option.

The six communities where the US 36 Bikeway connects (Boulder, Boulder County, Louisville, Superior, Broomfield and Westminster) and Commuting Solutions have a Unified Maintenance Agreement, a contract stating that the US 36 Bikeway will receive ongoing maintenance year-round. The agreement includes clearing debris, concrete repairs and snow removal, the latter being a key issue for those cycling along the bikeway during the winter months. Louisville Mayor Bob Muckle explains, “Ensuring cyclists are able to commute by bike between communities is a high priority for us. We are committed to providing a consistent level of service for cyclists, just as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintains roads for vehicles.”

The second project beginning this month is the Northwest Corridor Wayfinding Design and Implementation Plan. The project is the first step in planning and designing wayfinding signs for the US 36 Bikeway and US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations. Once complete, mile markers will be placed along the US 36 Bikeway and wayfinding signs will be installed within communities to direct commuters to the US 36 BRT stations. Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros says, “Small improvements such as the addition of wayfinding signs create transportation options that are easy to access and are a key component in making cycling and transit feel safe for all travelers.”

The 18-mile US 36 Bikeway stretches from Westminster to Boulder and was a fundamental piece of the multi-modal US 36 Express Lanes Project. Current daily ridership along the US 36 Bikeway is 267 in Boulder, 344 in Broomfield and 132 in Westminster. Projects that maintain and improve the US 36 Bikeway will be an integral component of growing ridership in the corridor over the coming years and decades.

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About Commuting Solutions:
Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions. Be part of the progress along US 36, visit commutingsolutions.org.

CDOT’S Express Lanes That Offer HOV Will Soon Allow Motorcycles to Travel Without a Pass

Motorcyclists No Longer Need a Pass for Free Travel on I-25 and US 36 Express Lanes

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) announced that starting Saturday, Oct. 15, motorcyclists will no longer need an ExpressToll account and pass to use CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes for free. Motorcyclists will still need to have an ExpressToll account and pass to avoid higher license plate toll charges when using the Express Lanes where HOV is not currently offered, such as the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, or on the Northwest Parkway and E-470.

“Motorcyclists have been tireless advocates for this change, and I’m pleased that we were able to work together with CDOT and HPTE to make it easier for them to ride for free in the CDOT HOV Express Lanes,” Sen. Nancy Todd said.

Until these changes are in effect on Oct. 15, motorcyclists will still need an ExpressToll account and pass to use the I-25 and US 36 Express Lanes free of charge.

“Motorcyclists will be able to ride for free on CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes,” said HPTE Director David Spector. “CDOT and HPTE responded to feedback from the motorcycle community and eliminated the sticker passes for motorcyclists, which makes their use of the lanes easier,” said HPTE Director David Spector.

This new way to ride for motorcycles, in addition to upcoming changes that will make the Switchable HOV Transponder free for those who only use the lanes for carpooling, can help ease the transition from HOV 2 to 3, which begins Jan. 1, 2017.  HOV 3+ means that a driver would need at least two passengers, along with a Switchable HOV transponder to use the Express Lanes on I-25 and US 36 free of charge.

Express Lanes, which are being built throughout the state, help relieve congestion without the need for a lot of infrastructure (new or widened highways) and provide funding to offset transportation costs. HOV 3 ensures that Express Lanes remain free-flowing now and into the future, so that those who choose to ride the bus, pay a toll or carpool always have a reliable and faster trip. In addition, getting more people into carpools with HOV 3 reduces overall congestion and vehicle emissions – a good thing for a state with a growing population.

About Express Lanes: Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes are currently open on I-25 between downtown Denver and 120th Avenue, US 36 between Denver and Boulder, and on I-70 between Idaho Springs and Empire. For more information, visit www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes.

For more information about CDOT, visit www.coloradodot.info. For toll questions, or to manage or close your ExpressToll account, please call the ExpressToll Service Center at 303-537-3470.

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit www.coloradohpte.com.

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Association for Commuter Transportation Honors 40 Under 40 National Leaders

40-under-40

BOSTON (October 12, 2016) – The Association for Commuter Transportation today released its 2016 list of 40 under 40 leaders in the transportation demand management industry, recognizing a diverse group of individuals who range from digital start-ups and big name companies, who make transit options more accessible, to city and regional transportation officials most effectively increasing the use of commuter benefits and rideshare across the country.

“This group represents a cross section of our industry and how TDM is integrated throughout the public and private sectors. These forty individuals are shining stars for the TDM profession and we look forward to them leading TDM for many years to come,” said ACT President Rob Henry.

Google TDM program manager Lucy Tice, a graduate of the ACT Leadership Academy, and member of ACT’s Board earned a place on the list for her efforts at Google to help people start and commit to bike commuting and other options. Google’s first Bike to Work Month challenge featured over 870 participants and over 15,000 bike trips logged. She has also increased carpooling by 48 percent.

“ACT has been an important part of my professional development and career, and I look forward to continued participation in ACT and greatly appreciate this honor,” said Tice, who also served on the marketing committee to promote collaboration at the 2016 ACT International Conference.

Ryan Croft, co-founder and COO at Washington, D.C.-based TransitScreen, which creates real-time displays of transit options, was honored for the empowering technology TransitScreen has installed at workplaces and universities across the globe. The U.S. State Department recently named Croft to its working group on smart cities. “ACT and it’s members are at the cutting edge of improving city life for residents and large employers. It’s an honor to join so many innovative transportation professionals on this list trying to make cities better places to live and work,” Croft said.

ACT announced the awards on the closing day of their inaugural Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Forum in Boston, which brought together over 140 transportation professionals.

“The energy and passion these honorees show everyday for improving our cities is at the heart of our collaborative efforts,” said ACT Executive Director David Straus. “The work these individuals have done to inspire changes in their communities and beyond is having an incredible impact to make our cities more livable, more economically competitive, and more prepared for sustainable growth into the future.”

Facts on the 40 Under 40 Honorees:

  • Average length of service at current organization: 5 years
    • 15% have 10+ years at current organization
    • 35% have 6+ years at current organization
  • Average length of service to TDM industry: 7 years
    • 25% have 10+ years or more in TDM
    • 50% have 7+ years in the TDM industry
    • 83% have 5+ years in the TDM industry

Longest serving their organization: 14 years, Erin Burke, Associate Marketing Manager, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Burke manages the region’s commuter benefit program, RideECO, helping more than 500+ employers, and their 15,000+ employees, enroll in commuter benefits. She is the in-house expert at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission on everything transit benefit-related, and staff rely on her to keep up with related news and legislation. Aside from prior regional recognition as part of Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association’s inaugural top TDM professional awards, Burke has also volunteered on her borough’s policy committee, providing input on the town’s comprehensive plan.

Longest serving TDM industry: 20 years, John Andoh, Program Manager, Bus Contracts, Capital Metro (Austin, Texas)
Andoh has been instrumental in his career in the implementation of vanpool and other transportation demand management programs from California to Texas. He has received more than six national and regional awards in the last 11 years for transit improvement, outstanding public transit operation, financial excellence, and transportation innovation.

Youngest honoree: Tony Perez, Sustainability Program Strategist, Salt River Project
On top of running 28 vanpools, SRP’s bikeshare and public transit programs, Perez has supported and developed rideshare programs that have earned three Clean Air Campaign Awards for Salt River Project and earned SRP a bronze designation for being a bicycle-friendly business. Perez is also president of the Valley of the Sun Chapter for ACT and serves as the Valley of the Sun Chapter representative to the ACT National Board. In his core job, Tony supports SRP’s vanpool program with 28 operating vanpools, corporate bikeshare, and public transit program.

About ACT:
The Association for Commuter Transportation, (ACT), is an international trade association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and TDM. Commuting by bus, train, rideshare, bike, walking, or telework improves our world by contributing to energy independence, better air quality, sustainability, urban mobility, and reduced congestion. Through advocacy, education, and networking efforts, ACT strives to improve the lives of commuters, the livability of communities, and the economic competitiveness of businesses.