FAQ: TMP 2018-2019 Update
Why does Boulder have a TMP?
- Transportation is important to everyone, and Boulder’s TMP guides our community’s transportation system for today and the future.
- The TMP supports community values based on the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, including sustainability as a unifying framework to meet environmental, economic and social goals, plus safety for people using all modes of travel.
What is the TMP and how is it used?
- The TMP is the city’s policy document reflecting the community’s vision, goals, objectives and investment priorities for Boulder’s multimodal transportation system. The TMP’s policy direction is reflected in the Vision Statement:
- “ Create and maintain a safe and efficient transportation system meeting the sustainability goals of the community to accommodate increased person trips by providing travel choices and reducing the share of single occupant auto trips. ”
- The TMP is a “living document,” and includes an on-going Action Plan and investment program that guides the daily activities of the city’s Transportation Division. The TMP is formally updated about every five years.
Why is the city updating the TMP?
- To address the changing ways people are choosing to travel: Fundamental changes are occurring in how we travel, including the rise of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft that use smartphone technology, the growing electrification of vehicles, increases in bikesharing services, and the coming advent of connected and autonomous vehicles.
- To develop strategies to combat increases in traffic : Traffic has been growing in recent years and Boulder is not on track to achieve a number of the TMP’s objectives including improved safety, expanded travel choices for residents and regional commuters, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The TMP update will assess the strategies the city is taking to improve progress toward these and related goals.
- To evaluate solutions to funding challenges : Traditional transportation funding sources are in flux at federal, state and local levels while the costs for operating and maintaining the existing transportation system are increasing. Additional funding will be needed to support increasing needs in operations and maintenance as well as any system enhancements.
What is being worked on as part of the TMP update?
- Complete Streets , including Vision Zero safety policies and strategies. This involves:
- Revising Boulder’s Pedestrian and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) plans to improve the inclusivity of transportation;
- Evaluating and Identifying strategies to achieve the Vision Zero goal of eliminating serious injuries and fatalities related to traffic;
- Incorporating “Low-Stress” - meaning easy and comfortable - walking and biking routes for people of all ages;
- Refining Boulder’s transit plan to improve local and regional transit service;
- Identifying opportunities for future corridor plans in conjunction with the city’s land use planning;
- Performance Measures—Investigating strategies to most accurately measure the performance of our transportation systems to move people, not just cars/traffic.
- Regional Travel - Advancing regional transit and commuter bikeways to better serve Boulder residents, commuters, and visitors;
- Transportation Demand Management/Advanced Mobility —Continuing the community conversation on policies to support new transportation technologies in support of the community’s sustainability values;
- Funding —Investigating transportation funding options that reflect the decline and uncertainly in traditional funding sources and process and the need to generate additional funding at the local level;
- Integration with Sustainability Initiatives —Supporting integrated land use and transportation planning through parking reform, transportation demand management strategies, new technologies such as electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and area plans from the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan; and
- Updating the TMP’s investment priorities and action items to guide implementation.
How do community members get involved?
- The update process includes a broad and inclusive community engagement process hosted by the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) that seeks input, involvement and creative ideas from all members of the community.
- More information on the TMP update process is available at www.BoulderTMP.net and public participation is invited at BeHeardBoulder.org.
What is TAB’s role to support the TMP update?
- TAB is the host of the TMP update public engagement process and is actively participating in all TMP public events, receiving monthly briefings on work areas, providing policy guidance on TMP update topics, and conducting public hearings on major work items and the approval process.