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Phase 3: Plan Development

Phase 3: Plan Development

What Plan adjustments should we include?

During Phase 3, the focus was on developing the plan to the level of an investment program that is fiscally constrained and optimizes progress supporting the policy directions of the plan. This phase includes the transportation modeling needed to test the results of the policies and investments proposed.

Results of Phase 3

Phase 3 (Plan Development) is intended to produce the framework for policy direction and the investment program of the Update. The Plan Development process has produced three investment programs representing a continuum in implementing the TMP policy direction at different levels of funding, from:

  • how to spend the revenue we expect to have from current funding sources, to
  • how we would invest in the next steps of developing a multimodal transportation system with additional revenue to 2025, to
  • the vision of a fully developed multimodal transportation system with complete systems.

Summary of Analysis from Phase 3

Investment Programs under Consideration - These materials present and contrast the investment programs of the Current Funding (previously referred to as the Fiscally Constrained) program, the Action Plan and the Vision Plan investment programs.

This material is presented on five tabloid pages in a highly graphical format with:

  • the first page showing key strategies and financial aspects of the investment programs; and
  • Investment and Funding
  • the second to fourth pages highlighting the investment activities proposed in each policy focus area; and,
  • Multimodal Corridors
  • Regional Travel
  • TDM
  • the last page providing summary comparisons of the system performance of the different investment programs.


Evaluating Land Use and Transportation Modeling - In the 1996 TMP Update, a number of land use and transportation investment scenarios were developed, evaluated, and one scenario for both land use and transportation programs selected as the framework of the plan. As part of the 2003 TMP Update process, a similar exercise was initiated in the Jobs to Population Balance alternatives assessment by modeling transportation strategies representing current funding levels and a fully funded TMP against the scenarios developed by the Jobs/Housing Project. This effort shows that no combination of reasonable land use alternatives and current transportation investment strategies achieve our current transportation goals and objectives.

"Pushing the Bars" - Rather than investing the time and expense to develop a number of additional scenarios for transportation investment, the 2003 TMP Update team has conceptualized a process intended to address the deficiencies of the current TMP, remain focused on the four policy areas identified as needing additional work, and provide for a discussion of transportation goals and objectives. Tagged as "pushing the bars," this process recognizes that population and employment growth have exceeded the levels that the 1996 plan was based on, that the 1996 Transportation Master Plan remains one-third unfunded, and that the city has not fully implemented the TDM measures called for in the 1996 Plan. To achieve current goals, we will have to undertake measures beyond those contained in the 1996 Plan, implying that the framework discussion for the 2003 TMP Update needs to consider the tradeoffs between the measures needed to reach the current transportation goals and the ability to implement measures beyond those in the 1996 Plan.

The "pushing the bars" concept is an iterative process of developing a plan framework by specifying acceptable levels of programs and investment in the four focus areas, evaluating the results produced and if these results are not acceptable, asking where we should push the bar in terms of addition measures to take in each of the focus areas to improve the end result. We expect that several iterations of this process will quickly define an acceptable plan. The point where we are unwilling to pursue additional measures in all the focus areas establishes the framework of the plan and defines the resulting endpoint that should be reflected in the goals and objectives of the plan.

Meetings Related to Phase 3

City Council

  • May 27, 2003 - Joint Study Session with Council and TAB.
  • June 18, 2003
  • July 30, 2003
  • Aug. 5, 2003

Transportation Advisory Board

  • Nov. 25, 2002
  • Dec. 9, 2002
  • Jan. 13, 2003
  • Feb. 10, 2003
  • March 10, 2003
  • April 14, 2003
  • May 12, 2003
  • May 27, 2003
  • July 14, 2003

Study Committee

  • Meeting No.5 - Nov. 18, 2002
  • Meeting No.6 - Feb. 24, 2003
  • Meeting No.7 - March 31, 2003

TDM Subcommittee

  • Meeting No.6 - Dec. 11, 2002
  • Meeting No.7 - April 30, 2003

Public Forum

  • April 14, 2003 –"What Should We Do?"
    Display boards presented at the public forum
    This forum focused on discussing different plan choices. Participants were asked: How should transportation dollars be spent to improve transportation in Boulder and our connections to the rest of the region? These boards provide background and outline the strategies and investment programs proposed as the framework for completing the 2003 TMP Update.
  • March 2003
    TMP FACTS was distributed to the project mailing list and neighborhood, business and civic organizations throughout the city. The fact sheet summarizes key challenges facing the city in the 2003 TMP Update and proposed strategies to address them.
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