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Transportation Improvement Program

Transportation Improvement Program

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 is preparing to submit applications for the upcoming 2020-2023 TIP application cycle. The following projects are being considered for submittal:

  • Arapahoe Avenue/SH 7 (38th St - Old Tale Rd) - One project would complete missing links in the multi-use path system and enhance nine bus stops.  Another project would replace the bridges over Boulder Creek which were built in 1938 and 1966 and currently lack adequate pedestrian facilities. Project board pdf
  • 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 pdf
  • 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 pdf
  • 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 pdf
  • SH 93/Broadway at Kittredge Underpass - This project will design and construct improvements on the west and east sides of the underpass to improve visibility and sightlines for users. Project board pdf
  • Table Mesa Park-n-Ride Access Improvements - This project will construct a multi-use path along the south side of Table Mesa Drive to the park-n-ride as well as a grade-separated bicycle and pedestrian crossing of Table Mesa Drive to the park-n-Ride. Project board pdf

View a map of project locations pdf or learn more about the TIP application process pdf

You're Invited to the Jan. 14, 2019, Open House

The public is welcome to attend an open house on Jan. 14 to learn more about the TIP process and provide feedback on the projects being considered for submittal. The meeting will be held at the City of Boulder Municipal Building Lobby (1777 Broadway) from 5-6:30 p.m.

If you were unable to attend the open house or would like to provide more feedback, you can submit your feedback using the form below. Please include your email address if you would like to receive a response. Questions can be directed to Noreen Walsh, [email protected] or 303-441-4301. 

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.

  1. City staff reviews the Transportation Master Plan, corridor studies and other planning efforts to identify possible projects for submittal.
  2. 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. 
  3. The TAB hosts another public hearing and then recommends a set of projects to City Council for submission to the DRCOG.
  4. City staff presents the proposed projects and the TAB recommendation to City Council at a public hearing.
  5. 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.

The most recent solicitation for projects was issued on July 28, 2014 for the 2016 - 2021 TIP.

City Projects Awarded Funding Through the 2016-2021 Federally Funded TIP

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: