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A review of progress made, things to look forward to in 2020, and more — read on!
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2019 Year-in-Review

The Smart Commuter

Smart Commute's InformationAction, and Advocacy Efforts for 2019! | A Summary of N Line Progress from RTD | The Results from the 2019 North Metro Commuter Survey | and news to peruse — read on!
2019 Outreach in Numbers
  • 15 community events
  • 157 employers served, with an average of 200 employees each
  • 15 Bike to Work Day stations supported
  • 200 participants at our Northglenn and Orchard Town Center Bike to Work Day stations
  • 150 attendees at Seventh Annual TransForum
  • Thousands of one-on-one connections at community and employer events
  • Two social media channels with more than 400 combined followers
Smart Commute's 2019 efforts cover the north metro like twinkling lights!
N Line Update (from RTD)

2019 Major Construction Milestones:
  • All ten rail bridges have been completed including painting, fencing, protective screening and signage
  • All civil elements of the grade crossings are complete
  • All drainage improvements have been installed, including erosion control and seeding at open channels and water quality ponds at all stations
  • Marion Street lowering at National Western Center has been completed
  • All track work is complete and in operation during integrated testing
  • First test train (not under power) – March 2019
  • First test train (under power) – April 2019
Upcoming Completion Goals:
  • Revenue Service Starts – May or August service changes 2020
  • Establishment of Quiet Zones – prior to revenue service
Major Ongoing Construction Activities:
  • Installation of traffic control/informational signage, pavement markings and parking striping at all stations
  • Installation of concrete plaza and platform pavement
  • Communications equipment installation/testing
  • Finish work, plaza repairs
  • Revegetation of disturbed areas and completion of station landscaping
  • 104th Avenue parking garage
  • Completion of integrated testing, including Positive Train Control
  • We prevented over 435,000 vehicle miles from being traveled – that’s like 17 trips around the earth!
  • Our efforts also kept our air cleaner, with nearly 200 tons of CO2 not emitted due to reduced driving.  CO2 has real health impacts to children, older adults, and anyone with sensitive lungs.
After 5 years of work, Smart Commute helped to bring new transit service to the 144th and I-25 quadrant, where currently 5,500 employees travel to daily jobs.  This work consisted of assembling stakeholders, identifying grant funding streams, and entering into complex agreements with local governments and RTD.

As usual, we provided more than 400 paid trips on RTD, including for the Water World employee FlexRide program and for the City of Thornton's "Explore City Careers" program.  We also provided six internships to Northglenn High School students, helping them to learn more about transportation education and advocacy within their community.

The first riders of the 144th & I-25/Wagon Road FlexRide on Monday, November 11.

The results from the 2019 North Metro Commuter Survey are here! You can view and download the full PDF report on our website.
 

News to Peruse

Station of Being is an interactive Arctic bus stop (dezeen)
Why every business owner should be worried about RTD's crisis (DBJ)
RTD Board Approves Six-Month Fare Discount for Yet-to-Open N Line (Westword)
RTD chief Dave Genova announces retirement amid challenges for the transit agency (DP)
Denver RTD outreach shows public favors temporary service reduction (MassTransit Mag)
Where do we go next on Colorado transportation? (Colorado Politics)
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