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Area Agency on Aging selected to join Health Equity Learning Cooperative

The Area Agency on Aging is one of 20 organizations nationally selected by the Partnership to Align Social Care to join a Health Equity Learning Cooperative. During the 15-month initiative, the Area Agency on Aging will work to develop contract partnerships among DRCOG and the region's health care and health insurance providers. Through the program, Area Agency on Aging staff will convene a community-clinical team including its employees and staff from Denver Health, and a yet to-be-identified hospital, health system and health insurance provider. The team will design and implement a program to screen and navigate Medicare beneficiaries to community-based services. The program leverages three newly created Medicare reimbursable benefits which pay clinical providers to screen Medicare patients for social needs (such as housing and food) and reimburse DRCOG and clinical staff for labor costs to help patients find community services to meet their needs.

DRCOG Board of Directors adopts the Regional Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan

The Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors in December 2023 adopted the Regional Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan. The plan provides the region with a framework to improve efficiency and mobility for travelers of all ages, incomes and abilities.
Visit the Regional Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan page for more information. For more information, contact Kalie Fallon, emerging mobility and transportation demand management planner.
 

DRCOG outlines crash trends in Active Modes Crash Report

The Denver Regional Council of Governments in December 2023 released the Active Modes Crash Report, an assessment of regional crash and safety trends involving people bicycling and walking from 2015-2021.

The report details crash factors and causes for pedestrian and bicycle-involved crashes from 2015 and 2019 and gives a preliminary overview of crashes during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic for years 2020 and 2021.

From 2015 to 2019, the Active Modes Crash Report finds:

  • Motor vehicle vs. Pedestrian crashes involving speeds of 35 miles per hour or more were more than twice as likely to result in death or severe injury.

  • Two-thirds of people involved in fatal or severe injury pedestrian crashes were people who identified as men.

  • Two out of five fatal or severe-injury pedestrian crashes involved left turns.

Explore the Active Modes Crash Report and learn more information about bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts across the region.

Take action to reduce traffic crashes in the Denver region

The Denver Regional Council of Governments recently published the Taking Action on Regional Vision Zero Story Map. The story map provides an interactive platform for visualizing and learning about traffic safety in the Denver region and supplements DRCOG’s Taking Action on Regional Vision Zero plan.

DRCOG invites public to comment on the draft Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan

The public comment period has opened for the regional Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan.
From Oct. 1- 31, the public is invited to explore the plan and submit comment by visiting DRCOG's engagement site for an on-demand virtual open house.

DRCOG awards $1 million in grants to six transportation demand management projects

The Denver Regional Council of Governments awarded $1 million in grants to six transportation demand management projects as part of a set-aside within the Transportation Improvement Program. Grants are for fiscal years 2024-2025. The purpose of the transportation demand management set-aside program is to support marketing, outreach and research projects to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Board of Directors approves Unified Planning Work Program for the Denver Region

The Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors at its August meeting approved the $18 million Unified Planning Work Program for fiscal years 2024-2025. The program includes more than 120 transportation-related projects funded by federal transportation sources. It also serves as the management tool for scheduling, budgeting and monitoring planning activities.

The plan outlines activities to be conducted from Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2025.  The program's fiscal year corresponds with the federal fiscal year because the federal funds are used to fund the program. The organization's fiscal year starts July 1 of each year.

The program was prepared with input from the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation District and local governments.

Key priorities include:

• Assisting with planning and implementation activities related to greenhouse gas mitigation and regional bus rapid transit.

•Updating or amending the Americans with Disabilities Act Program Access Plan, the Regional Active Transportation Plan and the Regional Multimodal Freight Plan

DRCOG solicits project-based amendments to the 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan

The Denver Regional Council of Governments has opened a cycle Amendment process and is currently soliciting project-based amendments to the 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan. The call runs from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3. Following the receipt of project amendment requests, staff will contact project sponsors to discuss any further required details. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Alvan-Bidal Sanchez, regional transportation planning program manager.

Public comment open for draft 2024-2025 Unified Planning Work Program

DRCOG staff seeks public input on the draft 2024-2025 Unified Planning Work Program. The program is a federally required two-year outline of activities DRCOG will conduct in its role as the metropolitian planning organization for the Denver region.

Plan to attend DRCOG’s 2023 annual awards gala

Registration is now open for the 2023 DRCOG annual awards celebration. Under the theme “All in,” attendees will celebrate exceptional regional accomplishments and collaborations in the areas of transportation and personal mobility, growth and development, and aging and disability resources.