Traffic & Transportation
Integrated Transportation Plan
City Council has identified the need to collect and consolidate Golden’s many transportation planning and policy documents into a single integrated system. Council also wishes to more closely integrate land use and development policies and decisions with transportation plans and policies.
The Integrated Transportation Plan (pdf) is now available for review. The policies and documents that are listed below have been incorporated into this effort.
Complete Streets Policy
Golden has adopted a Complete Streets Policy (pdf), which recognizes the need to accommodate all modes of travel on City streets, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and mass transit. Further details of this policy can be found in Council Resolution 2059 and by viewing the associated map of Priority Complete Street Corridors.
In 2008, City Council created a citizen group to identify ways to improve pedestrian access in the community. Council accepted the results of this four month process, and City staff has been working to implement the many suggested improvements found in the Walkability Task Force Report (pdf).
To address the needs of cyclists in the community, Council set up the Bicycle Task Force in 2008. The recommendations of these citizens are now being implemented by City staff, and can be found in the Bicycle Task Force Report (pdf). Further information on bicycle access in Golden can be found by clicking on the links below.
Major Thoroughfare Plan
The Major Thoroughfare Plan (pdf) is a document adopted in 1994, whose purpose is to identify and classify existing collector and arterial roadways in a manner consistent with the general regional classification. It’s primary purpose is to help coordinate Golden’s system of larger roadways with those of the region.
US 6 and SH 93 Design
In 2002, City Council sponsored a community design effort to identify a potential future design for US 6 and State Highway 93 that would carry anticipated future traffic volumes with design improvements to mitigate impacts to adjacent neighborhoods. This plan, sometimes known as the Muller Plan, provides good examples of design options and ideas.
The transit element of our transportation plans and programs has several components.
Traditional bus service is provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). RTD also provides special services, including Access-A-Ride and Senior Ride. Cyclists are also welcome to bring their bikes along for the ride if they follow the Bike-n-Ride instructions.
RTD is also in the process of constructing a regional transit program known as Fastracks, including light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. A portion of the system includes the West Corridor Light Rail Line, scheduled to be operational by Summer 2013.
The City has studied the viability of a bus circulator to link the planned light rail station at the Jefferson County government campus with central Golden in 2013. City staff, along with CSM, are currently working with RTD to prepare for a grant application in hopes of receiving Transit Improvement Program (TIP) funding. If funding for a circulator service is granted, the City would then be in a position to begin discussions on details of the service, such as how it would operate and the types of vehicles that would be used.
The City is also aware of other existing and possible transit style services, including the Denver Regional Council of Government’s (DRCOG) RideArrangers programs, as well as possible future Bike Share or Car Share programs.