PLAN-Boulder County believes that transportation decisions largely determine land use patterns and quality of life. Transportation infrastructure and policies, therefore, should be conducive to the land use, quality of life, and financial objectives Boulder seeks. Mixed use transportation (walking paths, bike paths, bus service) should be supported through all major thoroughfares of Boulder to provide options that will reduce the need for automobile travel. PBC supports transportation improvement investment policies by rank of need. This prioritization would support PLAN-Boulder County’s principle which calls for a “better balanced transportation system that actively promotes transit, bicycle commuting and pedestrian travel, and provides for smarter use of automobiles.:

– System operations, maintenance and travel safety to ensure our current infrastructure remains functional and areas of high risk for accidents are prioritized for improvement

– Enhancement of the transit, pedestrian, bicycle and handicap accessible systems to provide additional options for travel throughout the city and reduce dependence on automobiles

– Improved operational efficiency to utilize our existing infrastructure to mitigate traffic

– Auto capacity additions including new lanes and interchanges whenever necessary to accommodate changes in land use. We supports a community-wide Eco Pass as it will help increase new transit ridership in the community, and because Boulder residents/employees already pay for a large portion of the increased cost of community-wide service. This measure would also help support less congestion on major thoroughfares throughout the county. Transportation is a regional issue and a community Eco Pass is a great step toward helping solve this issue. PBC suggests overhauling certain attributes of community parking, including minimum parking requirements, unbundled parking, and managed parking. These changes would reduce excessive amounts of free parking that lead to the lowering of residential densities. Parking efficiency would be increased by allowing more shared parking, more priced parking, more parking “cash-out” by employers, and more unbundling of the price of parking from the price of housing. PBC also supports the eventual use of a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) fee. PBC urges Boulder to lobby the state legislature for authorization to use mileage-based car insurance, and authorization for intra-city toll roads. Each of these approaches would help Boulder effectively achieve many transportation and quality of life objectives, as well as institute more equitable, sustainable funding for transportation needs.