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Get involved and up-to-date on coming ETRP Regulation, along with regional planning efforts — read on!
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March 2021

The Smart Commuter

ETRP: What you Need to Know | Join Exclusive Employer Bimonthly Brief Distribution | Days Left to Provide Feedback on 2050 MetroVision | Take the "Vision Zero" Pledge | A Nice Discussion about Transit's Role in GHG Reduction | Telework Myth of the Month | Teaser:  Get Ready to Bike | and news to peruse — read on!

In early March, Smart Commute notified our stakeholders about an ETRP Rule:  a rule targeted at large employers, requiring a mandatory reduction of "Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV)" commute trips to a specified level.  The ETRP rule is in response to the pollution created by the transportation sector, which became the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020.  Additionally, the ETRP Rule aligns with the State of Colorado's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap.

So far this month, the Colorado Department of Public Health's (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) has convened two meetings, and public listening sessions are still available for the public to participate (see links below to register).  Smart Commute has attended every meeting so far in order to listen to feedback from the broader public, and to make sure the north metro region's stakeholder group was represented and engaged.  

Each meeting reviews the origination and development of the ETRP, and provides an opportunity for broad public feedback, both spoken and written in the "chat" function.  There are still many unknowns.  Smart Commute is committed to representing the specific needs of the north metro region, to ensure regulation is fair while also recognizing the need to take action now.

The north metro region does not have the same level of mobility and access that more urbanized areas enjoy, and we are working hard to make sure employers sited in more suburban and rural areas are evaluated on a different scale compared to urban and central-business-district employers.  While a mandatory and formalized ETRP Rule will be new to Colorado, there are many places in the country where this is already working, and has been for many, many years.  Additionally, "ETRP" is simply a more formal term for a service Smart Commute has been offering all along, on a voluntary basis.  We are experts at helping employers choose and implement strategies that will work for their specific worksite and business model.

Register for March 18 ETRP Public Meeting
Register for "Large Employer" ETRP Meetings: 3/17,3/24,3/26
In March, Smart Commute initiated a new communication offering exclusive to executives, managers, and other busy people.  Our "Bimonthly Brief" highlights curated, timely content, and is a one-minute skim.

Want to join the list?  Contact Catherine to be added to this exclusive offering.
For only a few more days, share your priorities for the safety, active transportation, regional transit, multimodal mobility, freight, and air quality elements of the Draft 2050 MetroVision Regional Transportation Plan.

The 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan sets the vision for the Denver region’s multimodal transportation system and guides investment in the projects and programs to achieve that vision. Visit the on-demand virtual open house to explore the plan and share your thoughts!

No one should die or lose a loved one while traveling on roads in the Denver region. Traffic crashes are preventable. Help the Denver region move toward realizing our vision of zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by taking the Vision Zero Pledge to practice safe behaviors while traveling from one place to another.

A great discussion about the role public transit can have in reducing air pollution and reliance on fossil fuels.  Especially interesting:  considering that we need to push for a "tipping point" for transit to become a reliable commute mode.
Managers and supervisors must commit to using telework to the fullest extent possible if a company’s telework program is to succeed. Research in the work/life field bears out that supervisors, managers, and senior executives who model workplace flexibility, such as telework, serve as key drivers in effecting positive cultural change in that organization. This is especially so if the organization’s climate and culture reflect a skeptical or even hostile view of telework. The research also suggests that employees model supervisor behavior. Nonparticipating supervisors send a non-verbal message of disapproval of telework. They may unintentionally signal that advancing in the organization depends on the employee’s physical presence at the worksite. Managers and supervisors who use remote work demonstrate that proximity should not be required for success
Bike to Work Day has been postponed to September, but, not to worry — Smart Commute is working to bring north metro residents many fun opportunities to bike this summer, and will have more information soon. 

So, rather than Bike to Work, let's Bike to Summer!

News (etc) to Peruse

A Pleasant, 20-Minute Listen Discussing Current CO Efforts:  "Everything You Need To Know About Transportation Reform" (Purplish)
Shoshana Lew and Karen Stuart: Transparency in Colorado transportation starts with talking to our neighbors (CO Sun)
Play around with multimodal infrastructure, and remake your street. (StreetMix)
The CDC needs to do more to show the public that transit is safe (T4 America)
Smart Commute is the Way to Go provider for the north metro area. Learn about this regional program at waytogo.org.
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