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Smart Commute, in partnership with CDOT, has added onto their already popular CDOT Mobile smartphone app, to help you identify commute options available to you. The app, which displays current travel times and provides real-time video access to many of Colorado's Interstates, will now give you a direct link to commuter incentives such as the ones listed above.

If you have questions on any of these programs, please give us a call at 720-515-8674 or email paul@smartcommutemetronorth.org

An update from Smart Commute Metro North
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The Year in Smart Commuting
Winter '15 Newsletter
Now You Can Get There on the Bus!
Beginning Monday, January 4th, the RTD Route 8 will begin weekday bus service to 144th and Orchard Parkway, serving the Orchard Town Center and St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster as well as the Lowe’s and Walmart centers at 136th.

Smart Commute Executive Director, Karen Stuart, is ecstatic about the extension. “Smart Commute has been working with RTD to expand service throughout the north metro area, and the new Route 8 service to 144th and Orchard Parkway will provide much needed service for people working at these employment centers. We applaud RTD for making this transportation investment and look forward to continuing to grow the transit network for all north metro commuters”.

The Route 8 extension will represent RTD’s northernmost service in the north Metro area and will operate to 144th on weekdays from 5:43 AM until 5:48 PM. Transfers are available at the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride, including the Express Route 120X into downtown Denver and the local route 120 travelling east and west along 120th Avenue.

If you are interested in trying the Route 8 and live or work the 144th/136th and Huron area, contact paul@smartcommutemetronorth.org for a pair of complimentary RTD tickets. Additional information, including route schedules and fares, visit www.rtd-denver.com, or call (303) 299-6000.


Adams County Wraps Up Commit to Commute Green in 2015 Challenge

Adams County, in partnership with Smart Commute, recently completed the “Commit to Commute Green” employee commuting challenge. In total, 71 participants logged over 200 “green” trips over the course of 2015. The program saved nearly 2,000 Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) miles, which equites to almost a half-ton of carbon emissions reduced! In addition, nearly 9,500 calories were burned and $550 saved while “commuting green”.

Adams County can be especially proud of the  three participants who “went the extra mile” to commute green. The winners, in no particular order, were:
 
Winner Category Amount
Manuel C. Most CO2 Saved 51,888 lbs
Ronn M. Most Green Trips 38 green trips
Angela B. Most Green Miles 240 green miles
 
In addition to prizes that were distributed throughout the program, all participating employees received a complimentary t-shirt  celebrating  their participation in the Commit to Commute Green 2015 program.

Way to GoTober Counts its Successes
 
DRCOG’s inaugural Way to GoTober dedicated the month of October helping commuters try new and smarter ways to commute by biking, taking transit, or ridesharing. In the north metro area, Smart Commute recruited three of our largest employers to participate - Avaya, Digital Globe and Adams County – which represent over 3,500 employees commuting into and out of our area every day.
 
In just one month, these three companies tallied over 1,400 “green” trips, totaling 28,500 Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) in a commute option that wasn’t driving alone. In doing so, more than 60,000 calories were burned and 6.7 cubic tons of carbon dioxide were eliminated from our precious Rocky Mountain air.

Smart Commute salutes these outstanding companies for their commitment to reducing congestion and improving air quality in the north metro area,  and congratulate all who participated.

To find out more about the GoTober program, visit www.WayToGoTober.org and consider signing your company up to participate for GoTober in 2016!

Current North I-25 Commuter Incentives End

With the anticipated Jan. 2016 completion of Phase II of the North I-25 Express Lanes Project, Smart Commute will conclude its popular North I-25 Commuter Incentive Program. In collaboration with CDOT and our partners at DRCOG, Smart Commute developed and managed a comprehensive 2-year Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program that provided commuter incentives including free RTD 10-Ride fare booklets, a unique “Concierge Commute” vehicle ridesharing program and added more functionality to the existing CDOT Mobile smartphone app.

Initial feedback from the TDM program shows significant benefits to all commuters heading through the construction zone. For example, Smart Commute received over 2,000 inquiries for commuter incentives through our sign up form, hosted at www.idrivei25.com, which delivered 500 booklets to I-25 Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs) and created five (5) Concierge Commute vehicles with four or more passengers. The inquiries also led to over 100 referrals to VanGo, the official vanpool provider for Ft. Collins/Loveland/Greeley area, and hundreds more to DRCOG’s Way to Go program. Smart Commute’s advertisement of TDM incentives using Variable Message Signs (VMS) on I-25 was particularly effective in reaching commuters with messages like, “Take the Bus on Us”, which streamlined the distribution of incentives to SOVs.

Smart Commute staff also provided outreach to numerous major employers near the project area, including Google, Digital Glove, Avaya, Front Range Community College, Tri State Generation and Transmission, Ascent Solar, St. Anthony North Health Campus, Water World, the Orchard Town Center, Adams County, and the cities of Thornton and Northglenn. Community outreach events  were held in Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn, Federal Heights and Adams County.

Initial survey information shows that 65% of transit booklet recipients and 92% of Concierge Commute participants don't plan to return to driving alone since receiving the commuter incentive, helping us meet our goal of improving vehicle throughput within the project area. 
The N-Line Update

What a year it has been for the North Metro Rail Line! The design on the rail line is nearly complete, old Union Pacific rail was removed, demolition of buildings and construction of five of the rail bridges began in the fall, girders were set on the 120th Avenue bridge, and so much more. 

Construction activities are underway all along the line:
  • Construction is underway on the Marion Street, Denargo Street and Washington Street bridges.
  • Construction of the Skyway Bridge in Commerce City is proceeding as scheduled. Placement  of the first set of bridge girders is scheduled for early January.
  • Construction of the 104th Avenue Bridge continues. The inside eastbound and westbound lanes on 104th Avenue between Fox Run Boulevard and Steele Street are closed. Crews are working in the median!
  • Crews are working on utility relocations near 104th Avenue.  The pedestrian /bike trail behind Albertson’s at 104th Avenue/Colorado has been rerouted around the construction.
  • Utility work at 112th Avenue continues. Be aware of construction flaggers!
  • Construction of the 120th Avenue Bridge is ongoing. Bridge girders were set earlier this month and crews are now working on the bridge deck.
  • Construction at the future sites of 112th Avenue and 124th Avenue Stations is in the preliminary stages. This work will be intermittent and precedes placement of foundation walls for the station platforms.
"We can hear that train a comin'!"
Upcoming Dates & Announcements

Make it your 2016 New Year's Resolution to Support Smart Commute with your business membership investment.

Smart Commute Annual Membership Meeting Jan. 28th, held jointly with NATA Meeting Below.

North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA) Board Meeting
Fourth Thursday each Month, 7:30 - 9:00 AM, Smart Commute Offices (12200 Pecos, Ste. 100, Westminster, CO 80234)

Speaking of Construction….
Smart Commute will unveil our new website in January 2016!

Stay tuned and Have a Happy New Year!

 
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