Many City of Boulder transportation projects are funded in part with federal dollars, which are generally distributed through the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is managed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The City of Boulder has submitted the following project applications for the upcoming 2020-2023 TIP Boulder County Subregional application cycle:
- Arapahoe Avenue/SH 7 (38th St - Old Tale Rd) Multi-Use Path and Bus Stops project - This project would complete missing links in the multi-use path system and enhance nine bus stops.
- Arapahoe Avenue/SH7 Bridge Replacement over Boulder Creek - The twin bridges at this location were built in 1938 and 1966 and currently lack adequate pedestrian facilities.
- 30th Street Corridor Improvements (Arapahoe Ave/SH 7 - Boulder Creek Greenway) - This project will construct raised protected bicycle lanes and sidewalks on the west and east sides of 30th Street from SH/7Arapahoe Ave to Boulder Creek Greenway and the elements for a protected intersection on the south side of 30th St and Arapahoe Ave intersection. Project board.
- Downtown Boulder Station (14th Street and Canyon Blvd/SH 119) - This project will add five bus gates on 14th St, south of Canyon Blvd, signage, landscaping and designate space for shared mobility services and microtransit providers. The project would also enhance the bus stops on north and south side of Canyon Blvd at 14th and 16th streets, respectively. Project board.
- HOP Transit Service Extension - This project would segment the existing HOP transit service loop and expand service to Flatiron Business Park. The expansion will provide high frequency local connections to regional travelers connecting to Downtown Boulder Station and Boulder Junction. Project board.
- Table Mesa Park-n-Ride Access Improvements - This project will construct a multi-use path along the south side of Table Mesa Drive from the US 36 on-ramp to the park-n-ride.
To learn more about the TIP application process.
Community Engagement and Next Steps
An open house was held on Jan. 14 to learn more about the potential TIP project submittals and TIP project selection process and provide feedback on the projects being considered for submittal. The meeting will be held at the City of Boulder Penfield Tate II Municipal Building Lobby (1777 Broadway) from 5-6:30 p.m.
A draft list of 2020-2023 TIP Subregional projects will be announced this Spring 2019.
If you have a question about these projects or process, please submit your feedback using the form at the bottom of this page. Please include your email address if you would like to receive a response.
DRCOG Funding Process
To comply with federal requirements, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) prepares plans and programs, including the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Transportation Improvements Program (TIP), that will help create a multi-modal transportation system. The RTP is a long-range transportation plan for the Denver metro region and is implemented through the TIP. The TIP is prepared every four years by the DRCOG, in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD), to distribute funding for transportation projects in the region.
City of Boulder TIP Development Process
The city generally uses the following steps when developing potential projects for the TIP.
- City staff reviews the Transportation Master Plan, corridor studies and other planning efforts to identify possible projects for submittal.
- Initial project ideas are evaluated and developed as concepts, public input is sought, and revised ideas are presented to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) during a public hearing.
- The TAB hosts another public hearing and then recommends a set of projects to City Council for submission to the DRCOG.
- City staff presents the proposed projects and the TAB recommendation to City Council at a public hearing.
- If a project is funded through the TIP, it is also included in the city's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for additional funding. The city continues to develop the project's design and seek community input through public meetings.
City Projects Awarded Funding Through the 2016-2021 Federally Funded TIP
- North Broadway Reconstruction (Violet to US 36)
- Boulder Slough Multi-use Path (30th and 3100 Pearl)
- Colorado and 30th Street Underpass
- Foothills Parkway Bicycle and Pedestrian Underpass, south of Colorado Avenue
City Projects Awarded Funding Through the 2012-2017 Federally Funded TIP
Seven of the of the eight projects that were submitted by the City of Boulder received federal funds:
- Diagonal Highway (28th to Independence) Transportation Improvements;
- Foothills Parkway (Diagonal Highway to Valmont Road) Operational Improvements;
- Wonderland Creek Underpass and Multi-use Path (Foothills Parkway to 30th Street);
- 28th Street (Iris to Yarmouth avenues) Multi-use Path and On-street Bike Improvements;
- Pearl Parkway (30th Street to Foothills Parkway) Multi-use Path;
- Wonderland Creek at 28th Street Underpass and Improvements; and
- Baseline Road Underpass Between Broadway and 27th Way.