City of Colorado Springs / Environmental Sustainability / Sustainability Plan / Transportation

Community transportation efforts and goals that we're learning about...

Pikes Peak Region Sustainability Project Stretch Goals state that by 2030, the region will have a sustainable, equitable and affordable multi-modal transportation system (roads, transit, bicycles and pedestrian walkways) that efficiently and safely moves people and goods. Achieving this goal means:

1.       The region has sustainable, adequate transportation funding for all modes, including regional transit, which is an integral part of the transportation solution.

2.       There is increased accessibility, integration and connectivity between where we live, work and play.

3.       Half of all fuels purchased in the region are sustainable fuels and transportation related fossil fuel use is reduced by 40% from a 2010 baseline.

4.       All transportation infrastructure is constructed, maintained and operated using sustainable practices.

5.       There is increased reliance on non-single-occupancy-vehicle modes of travel with public transit?s share of trips increasing to over 3%.


Fort Carson plans to reduce automobile dependency and provide balanced land use and transportation systems by: increasing the use of mass transit with clean fuels and alternate modes like walking and bicycling; using schedules that reduce vehicle emissions; using innovative materials and placement that provides sustainable transportation systems; reducing the average daily commute in miles; creating regional partnerships for alternative and multiple occupancy vehicles; reducing the amount of vehicles on the roadway to reduce congestion and controlling urban expansion. Fort Carson will also be decreasing petroleum use, increasing non-petroleum alternatives and increasing fuel efficiency in its non-tactical fleet.


Colorado College has three separate aspects of transportation including: commuting, fleet operations and college sponsored air travel. In an attempt to be more environmentally friendly, Colorado College plans to: achieve a 10% reduction in staff vehicle commuting miles, double the fleet fuel economy, achieve a 10% reduction in gallons of fuel used per active fleet vehicle, offset air travel with excess renewable energy purchases by funding internal projects and/or by identifying and using a responsible offset provider and switching from airline travel to bus travel for sport- related trips.


The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' overarching plan is to create a pedestrian and bicycle oriented campus that provides alternative transportation options and reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions from trips to and from the University. They plan on doing this by developing a Transportation Demand Management strategy to reduce single occupancy vehicle travel to and from campus; pursuing an alternative transportation coordinator position; investigating the feasibility of a bus hub on campus; supporting a rapid transit line down Nevada Avenue; creating a carpooling program on campus; and developing a demographic study of student, faculty, staff home and work locations and travel times using GIS. They also plan on decreasing fuel emissions from University vehicle and business related travel by increasing the percentage of bio-diesel gallons purchased each year and increasing the number of teleconference and distance learning classes.


The State of Colorado is requiring that all state departments and agencies achieve a Greening Government 25% volumetric reduction in petroleum consumption by 2012 from the 2006 baseline year. To achieve this, Governor?s Energy Office (GEO) suggests restricting the purchase of four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles, giving priority to replacing pre-1996 light duty vehicles that have a fuel efficiency of below 25 miles per gallon and purchasing hybrid gas/electric vehicles and alternative/flex fuels. The GEO has also attempted to meet the goal by providing public transportation passes to employees, encouraging carpooling, encouraging flex time, teleworking, limiting business travel and providing a hybrid for staff work meetings.  Excluded from the goal are vehicles used for law enforcement, emergency response, road maintenance and highway construction.


The United States Air Force Academy plans on improving fuel efficiency (better matching vehicle characteristics to mission needs), converting waste cooking oil from Mitchell Hall to biofuels, expanding use of the existing compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and evaluating electric-powered vehicles.


And, here's what other communities are doing...






The City has been actively pursuing improved access to alternative forms of transportation.

Development of bike trails throughout the city.

"Rapid Ride" public transportation using articulated diesel/electric buses.

"Carpool Now" program promotes alternative mode of transportation through computerized matching of riders.

A tire pressure maintenance program has been implemented using special valve caps¡ªmaintaining proper tire pressure will not only conserve gas, but will likely also extend tire life.

There are currently 98 dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles in the City fleet, and 24 hybrid vehicles; the hybrids are achieving double the gas mileage as the conventional gasoline fleet vehicles; there are 256 dual fuel E85 and 6 dual fuel CNG vehicles; 54 hybrid busses; and 650 vehicles have been converted to biodiesel.  Plans to continue purchases.



FasTracks and T-REX: 119 miles of new light rail and commuter rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service and 70 new transit stations will transform travel for over half a million riders a day and catalyze transit oriented development throughout the metro area.

Vibrant, livable urban centers that are pedestrian friendly support mass transit and less reliance on cars.

Identify and implement priority multi-modal transportation development projects in 11 major corridors throughout the city, including transit, bicycle and pedestrian access, with priority projects to be identified completion of the Strategic Transportation Plan currently underway.

 Increase employee transit ridership by 10% over the 2005 baseline.

Douglas County


Develop an efficient, multifunctional transportation network designed to ensure safety, promote user access, and facilitate cost-effective operations and maintenance.

Encourage design solutions to enhance both vehicular and non-vehicular user safety, including, but not limited to pedestrian, bicycle, and wildlife corridor grade-separated crossings, and roundabouts, where feasible, as an alternative to traffic lights.  Ensure all new development and redevelop­ment projects incorporate bicycle and pedes­trian facilities that connect community uses and destinations.

Prior to road widening as a means to improve capacity, evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative capacity enhancement strategies.

 Coordinate transportation and land-use planning design, programs, and policies to reduce traffic congestion, provide alternatives to automobile use, improve air quality, and create healthy, desirable living environments.

Fort Collins


Develop multi-modal transportation system focused internally (including work travel and employee commuting alternatives).

Purchase the highest fuel efficient and/or lowest emission vehicles for the requested transportation application.

Purchase three to five of the highest fuel efficient and/or lower emission light-duty City fleet vehicles per year according to the Environmental Project Agency¡¯s Green Vehicle Guide.

Recycled old school bus (for transportation use related to kids programs).

Employees urged to eliminate unnecessary idling of vehicles (APP).

Eliminate/cut back diesel use.

Work to achieve the internal City goal that 75% of the City s light duty fleet vehicles will meet ULEV standards by 2008.

Imposes maximum block sizes on new developments and requires a traffic shed that funnels traffic to at least three arterials in three different directions.

Purchase 3 to 5 highest fuel efficient and/or lowest emission vehicles for light duty city fleet per year according to the EPA¡¯s Green Vehicle Guide.


The BikeWays plan will eventually create 200 miles of bike lanes across the City over the next 15 years.



Create a Light Rail/Street Car system, a BRT system, interregional transportation and commuter rail.

Incorporate Intelligent Transportation System technology into the City¡¯s public transit system.

Improve walking and biking modes of transportation.


Identify opportunities to reduce energy use, and the percentage of PDC staff commuter trips in single occupancy vehicles.

Participate in non-SOV commuting promotions including the Carefree Commute Challenge and Bike Commute Challenge.

Assess the feasibility of telecommuting and alternating 4-day work weeks or instituting a 4-day work week at PDC.

City-owned vehicles that operate on gasoline shall use fuel with an ethanol content of 10%.  City-owned gasoline powered vehicles with the capability to operate on 85% ethanol shall be required to do so to maximize the City¡¯s use of renewable fuels. 

Portland has placed a cap on the total number of public parking stall in the downtown area.

Minimum of 5% blend of biodiesel for all vehicle diesel fuel sold within city limits is required.

All gasoline sold within the city is required to contain at least 10% ethanol.



Reduce dependence on the private automobile by working with community partners to provide efficient and accessible public transit and transit supportive land uses.

Reduce long commutes by providing a wide array of transportation and housing choices near jobs for a balanced, healthy City.

Implement Bikeway Master Plan and Pedestrian Master Plan facilities to achieve an annual expansion of 5% of the existing system.

Salt Lake City

Adopt incentives for actions that reduce the overload on the transportation system.

Encourage alternative ways to reduce the use of the automobile including biking and walking.

Improve the transportation system¡¯s efficiency.

Mixed use and transit oriented development zone districts.

Trail, bike path, and sidewalk connections as part of subdivisions.

Complete street design standards that accommodate alternative modes as well as vehicles.

Residential infill regulations that encourage density in existing places close to work, schools, and services while ensuring neighborhood compatibility.

Design streets that are pedestrian friendly and encourage walking.  Incorporate bike routes whenever possible.

Develop a multimodal transportation system that encourages alternatives to cars, including walking, biking, and mass transit.

Disincentives for driving, including parking policies that favor alternative modes of transportation.

San Diego

City Departments will develop and implement a plan to reduce fuel consumption 15% each year.

The City will provide incentives for vehicles that meet the Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) California tailpipe emission standard.

Converting more vehicles to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Encouraging telecommuting.

Increased carpooling and transit ridership.

Improved bicycle path infrastructure.

Rerouting of City refuse collection using GIS and RouteSmart software.

City Departments will develop and implement a plan to reduce fuel consumption 15% each year (in place of reductions, fuel switching to alternative fuels will be allowed provided there are both emission reductions and economic benefits) because California¡¯s biggest GHG emissions are from transportation


Achieve compatibility between pedestrians and transportation routes in the Suburban areas of the city.

Promote the Transportation Center, trolley system, bike rental, and pedestrian connections, etc.

Focus on opportunities that are non-polluting and that support telecommuting and alternative transportation modes.

Promote pedestrian/bicycle improvements and provide options for alternative modes of transportation to access commercial, retail and entertainment centers.

Make automobile, transit, and other multimodal circulation more efficient.

Encourage the use of alternative-fuel city vehicles and non-gasoline equipment (e.g. leaf blowers) to reduce emissions and improve air quality


Integrate sidewalks, parallel parking and tree-lined streets to promote pedestrian-friendly walkways.

Incorporate bike paths into street design to promote alternative transportation.

Plan TOD district around future rail connection to downtown Denver.

Propose mixed-use buildings adjacent to transit nodes and bus and train stations, where possible.