On November 4, Boulder Transportation Connections (BTC) and the Boulder Chamber led and participated in three important panel discussions at the 2022 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Conference hosted by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) Rocky Mountain Chapter. Participants from across the state gathered at CDOT headquarters in Denver to learn about and share best practice TDM strategies.
BTC Executive Director Amanda Mansfield moderated a panel discussion on how to secure funding for employer based TDM programs as well as public transit and electric vehicle advancement programs. Featured speakers included Devin Edgely, Policy Program Specialist, Boulder Chamber; Carrie Atiyeh, Board Administrator/Senior Program Manager, Colorado Energy Office (CEO); and Allison Moore-Farrell, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder. In front of a standing-room only audience, the panelists discussed HB22-1026, which will provide tax credits starting in tax year 2023 for businesses supporting sustainable commute options for their staff; upcoming CEO Enterprise Fund grant dollars to subsidize purchases of electric vehicles, e-bikes, electric fleet, buses, and rideshare vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; SB22-180, which allows for no-cost transit across Colorado during ozone season, and more!
BTC Sustainable Transportation Planner Elaine C. Erb presented on a panel focused on TDM systems and strategies alongside Diego Lopez, Executive Director, Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC); Hillary Seminick, Deputy Community Development Director, Town of Mt. Crested Butte; and Shaida Libart, Principal, TEI Planning + Design. Elaine shared how Boulder provides transit access to skiing, hiking and biking opportunities and ways in which bicycles and e-bikes connect to other recreation. She highlighted how any time people opt for sustainable commutes can be a motivation to use shared rides and bikes for other trips (such as recreation).
Elaine also presented on a panel called Beyond the Bounds. This panel focused on how TMO partners can best work together to amplify their shared messages when assisting employers and their employees with commutes that extend beyond the bounds of a single TMO. This panel included Erica Hine, Senior Program Specialist, UrbanTrans; Carson Priest, Executive Director, Smart Commute; and moderator Nisha Mokshagundam, Way to Go Program and Marketing Manager, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).
To learn more about the 2022 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Conference and view the presentations once they are posted, please visit the CDOT TDM page.