Increase the ability of Golden residents and visitors to travel to and through Golden using alternative transportation.
Reduce the community’s total Vehicle Miles Traveled by 15% in ten years.
How is Golden achieving these goals?
VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) refers to all miles traveled by cars, trucks, and other similar motorized vehicles. The more vehicles on the road, the more pollution created and energy spent. Golden is committed to reducing that number.
Golden has set a goal to reduce the community’s overall VMT by 15% by the year 2017. This long-range goal will be achieved incrementally through encouragement of alternate modes of transportation such as walking, biking, bus, and light rail.
In 2007, the city-wide annual VMT was 486,000.
Exciting updates for Electric Vehicles
The state announced several exciting updates regarding electric cars during National Drive Electric Week, which took place Sept. 9 -17, 2017. One update is that nationwide Volkswagen settlement is close to being approved and will result in almost $69 million for Colorado. Opportunities for Golden in 2018 include grants for medium/heavy electric trucks for a city fleet, electric transit buses, and more funds for Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. Did you know? Electric Vehicles use $1.16 of electricity vs $2.56 per gallon for gas vehicles. Denver has a target to purchase 300 Electric Vehicles by 2020. Aurora invested in a group purchase of Electric Vehicles for residents that resulted in an average price of $8,000 for a new Nissan Leaf. 17 vendors are vying to install Denver’s “smart streetlights” which are wifi-enabled and LED. Lastly, new DC (direct current) Supercharger stations (20 min charging) have been installed at REI and the Alliance Center, with more planned for the metro area.
The City of Golden has many public transit options including the West Rail Line light rail, Community Call-n-Ride bus system and RTD SkyRide. Learn more about each of these services and more by visiting the City of Golden Transit Services page.