A May summit of municipal leaders along the Boulder-Denver Turnpike will show off how far their communities have come.
The Sustainable Transportation Summit will be Wednesday, May 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Westminster, …
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The Sustainable Transportation Summit will be Wednesday, May 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Westminster, 700 Church Ranch Blvd.
The meeting, which carries a $110 ticket price for members of Commuting Solutions and a $135 ticket for non-members, is open to the public, private businesses and local government leaders to learn more about sustainable transportation growth options, according to Audrey DeBarros, executive director of Commuting Solutions, a transportation consultancy group focusing on the US 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder.
“We really want to showcase all the significant progress we as a region have made on multimodal transportation,” DeBarros said in an interview.
The summit will highlight lessons learned from the U.S. Highway 36 Bus Rapid Transit project and explore future shared-use mobility, transportation technology and environmental planning, a news release from Commuting Solutions stated.
“Our region is nationally recognized for the success of the U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit project,” DeBarros said in the release. “We want to share the lessons we’ve learned and provide resources for other communities to replicate our success.”
Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison will be among the featured speakers in the first session to talk about the U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit project.
Atchison said transportation is a growing issue and he is closely watching House Bill 1242 in the Colorado Legislature. The bill would place a question on the November ballot for a 0.62 percent, 20-year sales tax to fund transportation infrastructure improvements. As of April 11, the Senate Committee on Transportation had looked at the bill and referred an amended version to the state legislature’s Committee on Finance.
Atchison said he wants to talk about the bill and the need for transportation funding during the May 3 summit.
The rail corridor is on the right track but needs to continue moving forward, he said.
“How do we get the next segment without funds in the RTD budget?” he asked rhetorically.
Other featured speakers include the executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the general manager of RTD, a Boulder County commissioner and general managers from Lyft and Uber, among others.
There also will be a networking event for elected officials.
“We’ve created an event that connects some of the brightest minds in shared-use mobility and explores the future of transportation technology and shared-use mobility,” DeBarros stated in the press release.
For more information, including tickets, go to http://bit.ly/2nNrvk9.
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