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Transportation Demand Management

People walking on a train platform next to a commuter rail train at Union Station in Denver.

Transportation demand management refers to a suite of strategies, including transportation services, infrastructure, policies, programs and educational and marketing campaigns, that help people use the transportation system more efficiently.

The primary purpose of transportation demand management is to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, while increasing transportation options for all travelers.

Transportation demand management-related activities help get the most out of transportation infrastructure and services by making lower-cost, higher-efficiency transportation options accessible, comfortable and easy to use.

Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan

DRCOG staff, in partnership with its member governments and key stakeholders, developed a Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan for the region. 

The plan provides the Denver region with a framework to improve efficiency and mobility for travelers of all ages, incomes and abilities by identifying actions to enhance and expand sustainable, multimodal travel choices, reduce traffic congestion and provide air quality benefits.

DRCOG engaged stakeholders from across the region to inform development of the plan, including facilitating six workshops over the project timeline. Stakeholders included regional transportation partners, regional air quality partners, academia, community advocacy groups, environmental justice partners and industry partners. Social media, online comment cards, press releases and traditional media were also leveraged to assure robust and meaningful input.

The Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan:

  • Examines the current state of transportation demand management in the region, including funding sources and policies.
  • Identifies and encourages a suite of transportation demand management strategies, including infrastructure, mobility services, parking and pricing, land use, incentives, and marketing and education.
  • Supports statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
  • Envisions a safe, seamless and sustainable travel network throughout the region.

The plan was completed and approved by the DRCOG Board of Directors in December 2023.

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