New Transportation Group Formed Now That U.S. 36 Express Lanes Are Complete
The Broomfield Chamber, along with other state and regional groups, is creating an initiative to ensure the vision and funding for the northwest Denver metro region’s multi-modal transportation future is in place.
The group, which also includes Commuting Solutions, the Northwest Chamber Alliance, the U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition, will partner with a broad coalition of public and private stakeholders, according to a news release from the chamber.
“The plan, called Transportation Matters, directly addresses the region’s growth, which is outpacing current infrastructure, as well as the statewide backlog of over $9 billion for Colorado Department of Transportation projects alone,” the release states.
Following completion of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project, there now is limited funding to accommodate the region’s transportation demands for decades to come, compelling the need for local and regional leadership more than ever.
“The Broomfield Chamber takes very seriously its responsibility to represent the Broomfield business community on regional transportation issues,” Sam Taylor, President and CEO of the Broomfield Chamber, said. “We are looking forward to this opportunity to partner with Commuting Solutions our partners in the Northwest Chamber Alliance and our local governments to identify the highest priorities for addressing our workforce mobility needs.”
The groups will host six town hall meetings for every community in the northwest metro region. The town halls will provide an opportunity for business leaders to take a closer look at the state’s current transportation funding shortfalls and help identify transportation needs for the region.
“Transportation Matters gathers private and public-sector stakeholders to begin addressing the widening gap between available public revenues and the cost of needed regional transportation improvements,” Commuting Solutions Board Chairperson, David Driscoll, said. “Now’s the time to start this conversation. There’s no time to lose. We have a sense that the public sector by itself is not going to solve this problem. We want to hear what our local businesses have to say about our transportation needs and how we’re going to meet them.”
The transportation town halls are scheduled for the following dates, locations and times:
• March 20: 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St., Erie
• April 3: 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Lafayette Public Library, 775 Baseline Road, Lafayette
• April 16: 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Boulder Chamber, 2440 Pearl St., Boulder
• April 20: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Ranch Country Club, 11887 Tejon St., Westminster
• April 25: 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield
• May 15: time to be determined at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont