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Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS)


The Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS) will help make it easier for everyone to access all places in Boulder.

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Wednesday, April 29 I 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. I Main Boulder Public Library I Boulder Creek Room I 1001 Arapahoe Ave.

AMPS Summary

Building on the foundation of the successful multimodal, district-based access and parking system, the AMPS will define priorities, develop overarching policies, and identify tailored programs and tools to address citywide access management in a manner consistent with community values.

The goal of the project is to develop tools and strategies to evolve Boulder’s access and parking management to a state-of-the-art system that reflects the city’s sustainability goals. AMPS is being integrated with other city initiatives and plans, including the Transportation Master Plan, Economic Sustainability Strategy, Climate Commitment, and area planning efforts.

Guiding Principles

  1. Provide for All Transportation Modes:  Support a balance of all modes of access in our transportation system:  pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and multiple forms of motorized vehicles—with the pedestrian at the center. 
  2. Support a Diversity of People:  Address the transportation needs of different people at all ages and stages of life and with different levels of mobility – residents, employees, employers, seniors, business owners, students and visitors. 
  3. Customize Tools by Area:  Use of a toolbox with a variety of programs, policies, and initiatives customized for the unique needs and character of the city’s diverse neighborhoods both residential and commercial. 
  4. Seek Solutions with Co-Benefits:   Find common ground and address tradeoffs between community character, economic vitality, and community well-being with elegant solutions—those that achieve multiple objectives and have co-benefits.
  5. Plan for the Present and Future:  While focusing on today’s needs, develop solutions that address future demographic, economic, travel, and community design needs. 
  6. Cultivate Partnerships:   Be open to collaboration and public and private partnerships to achieve desired outcomes.

Focus Areas

During 2015, specific recommendations regarding the TDM Toolkit for Private Development and longer term parking and TDM planning code changes will be presented to City Council.  Options for policy changes or additional programs will be developed in the seven focus areas listed below:

District Managment pdf  

  • Analysis of “edge” parking options in coordination with other mobility options
  • Explore  shared parking options with public private partnerships
  • Develop criteria to pilot new multi-modal districts in the East Arapaho and North Boulder areas

On and Off-Street Parking pdf

  • Reassess Boulder’s 72-hour on-street parking limitation (Abandoned Vehicle)
  • Evaluate the cost associated with managing and providing on street parking for residents as part of the Neighborhood Parking Program.
  • Curbside space management – use of curbside space in parking districts, as well as the rest of the City

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) pdf

  • Trip Reduction Toolkit for Existing Commercial Development
  • Investigating Bundled First & Final Mile Corporate Memberships
  • Exploring Parking Cash-out Programs for CAGID Employers

Technology pdf

  • Reassess Boulder’s 72 hour on street parking limitation (Abandoned Vehicle)
  • Evaluate the cost associated with managing and providing on street parking for residents as part of the Neighborhood Parking Program.
  • Curbside space management – use of curbside space in parking districts, as well as the rest of the City

Code Changes pdf

  • Evaluate current parking requirements (e.g. parking minimum and maximums)
  • Explore automatic parking reductions for projects that meet desired city policy outcomes
  • Evaluate the expansion shared, unbundled, managed, and paid (SUMP) parking policies in new districts or as potential overlays

Parking Pricing pdf 

  • Pilot the Boulder Junction parking garage management structure with multiple users
  • Explore parking pricing modifications to the existing pricing structure including garage back loaded fees
  • Evaluate graduated fines for overtime at meters, time zones and NPP zones and other parking fine increases
  • Begin city employee parking pricing conversation
  • Evaluate parking pricing options including variable and performance based rates

Council Action

Study sessions and check-ins will be scheduled with City Council throughout the year in a two-step process.  First to present policy or work plan options with pros and cons analysis; and then, after Council feedback, staff will return to Council for their recommendations. The first Council study session will be in April 2015 after the options have been vetted with city advisory boards and commissions and the public.



Fall 2014 Winter  - Fall 2015

Strategic Direction
Analyze policy and code issues for each focus area and develop options for community input.

Strategic Action
City Council action on the AMPS.

Phase 1: Foundations for Action - In 2013, city staff developed the project purpose, guiding principles, and seven focus areas in collaboration with the City Council, Transportation Advisory Board, Planning Board, Environmental Advisory Board, and the district boards – Downtown Management Commission, University Hill Commercial Area Management Commission, and the Boulder Junction access boards (Parking and TDM). A consultant was hired to assist in workplan development, best practices research, policy development and analysis and the overall public engagement process. City Council held study sessions on AMPS on June 10 and July 29, 2014 to provide overall project guidance and policy direction.

Phase 2: Strategic Direction - Project staff and the consultant prepared an initial policy assessment based on best practices research pdf. The city’s advisory boards met in September 2014 and a community open house was held on Oct. 20 to review and comment on the materials. City Council held a study session on October 28 and provided additional project guidance. During the coming months, the project team will draft policy and program options for community input in February 2015, in preparation for another council study session in March 2015.  

Phase 3: Strategic Action - Council is expected to take action on the Access Management and Parking Strategy in late spring 2015.

Ongoing: Monitoring, Reflection and Action - As strategic priorities are acted upon, an ongoing process of monitoring outcomes and conditions, and engaging key partners and stakeholders, will help inform periodic discussions with council regarding next-step priorities and strategic course corrections.

2014 Major Accomplishments

  • Completion of an AMPS Best Practices and Peer City document
  • Short-term auto and bike parking code changes completed
  • Development of a Request for Proposal for the replacement of the downtown garage access equipment
  • Travel Demand Management (TDM) Tool Kit for private development options developed and reviewed
  • Pilot Parklet installed on University Hill May through October
  • Solar-powered EV charging stations installed at Broadway and Spruce
  • Pay by cell implementation in all parking districts
  • Variable messaging signage installed in the downtown garages


Name Title Phone
Jay Sugnet AMPS Project Manager 303-441-4057
Molly Winter Director, Downtown & University Hill Management Division & Parking Services 303-413-7317
Kathleen Bracke GO Boulder Manager, Transportation Division 303-441-4155
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