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Public Outreach

In order to meet the objectives of the Denver Strategic Transportation Plan, it was essential to develop the plan through a collaborative planning process that involved the public in key decisions throughout the plan development.

The public outreach process was designed to:

  • Identify all stakeholder issues and interests
  • Determine shared community values and desired outcomes
  • Develop performance measures for evaluating strategies based on community values
  • Involve stakeholders in evaluating strategies
  • Develop a plan with the support of broad range of stakeholders

Incorporating citizen suggestions, concerns, and needs into the planning process and outcomes resulted in better decisions with greater support. Comments and involvement in the study helped shape the study's priorities and decisions.

There were several avenues for public input, including:

The Technical Committee was a group of technical experts who advised the Denver Strategic Transportation Plan. The Committee provided oversight on technical analysis (including analysis methodology and results, performance criteria, capacity constraints, signal optimization, and system modeling); feedback on technical results, strategy development and implementation; and advice on the best way to approach and execute the work. The purpose of the Technical Committee was to provide technical advice and direction to the study process and to gain consensus on technical decisions to be recommended to the City of Denver.

The Committee was comprised of representatives from the public partner agencies of City staff, technical staff from regional agencies (CDOT, RTD, and DRCOG) and technical experts from the consulting community serving on a pro bono basis

To ensure a successful Strategic Transportation Plan for Denver, the planning process receivef organized and regular input from the public. The Advisory Committee was designed to serve as a major facet of public input for the Strategic Transportation Plan. Its members represented a wide-range of specific stakeholders who had a distinct interest in the outcome of the process.

The Advisory Committee provided advice on policy and political issues, general plan direction, and consistency of the Strategic Transportation Plan with Blueprint Denver. The Advisory Committee was comprised of external and internal stakeholders, who were appointed by the Mayor to make recommendations to the Manager of Public Works. Membership included City Staff, City Council members, and interested citizens.

Historical Outreach Activities

  • Town Meeting #4: Prioritization of Corridors held May 9, 2006.
  • Town Meeting #3: Travel Shed Issues held February 21, 2006.
  • Revised Travel Sheds map [pdf 2.25mb] released February 17, 2006
  • Travel Sheds map [pdf 2.23mb] released January 31, 2006.
  • Focus Group Discussion #2 held January 31, 2006 and February 1, 2006.
  • Focus Group Discussion #1 held December 13, 2005.
  • Town Meeting #2: Brainstorm Strategies open house held November 3, 2005.
  • Advisory Committee Meeting #2 held October 20, 2005.
  • Advisory Committee Meeting #1 held July 28, 2005.
  • Town Meeting #1: Community Values and Desired Outcomes open house held June 28, 2005. View meeting notes [pdf 36kb]
  • 2010, 2015, 2030 modeling
  • Vehicle and transit capacity calculations for all major roadways
  • Establishing Technical Advisory Committee, Key Staff Committee, and Advisory Committee 

Model Development

January 2005 - April 2005

Travel Strategy Framework

February 2005 - May 2005

Corridor Capacity

March 2005 – June 2005

Performance Criteria

April 2005 – September 2005

Town Meeting #1
June 2005

Travel Sheds

August 2005 – October 2005

Town Meeting #2
November 2005

Alternative Improvement Strategies

November 2005 – April 2006

Financing Strategies

January 2006 – March 2006

Town Meeting #3
February 2006
Town Meeting #4
May 2006
Town Meeting #5
Proposed for Summer 2007

Final Report

Proposed for Summer 2008

Focus Group Discussion #2 

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 and Wednesday February 1, 2006
The second round of Focus Group meetings for the three Pilot Travel sheds were held on January 31 and February 1.

Overview of the STP planning process and the Travel Shed Study Process [pdf 140kb] - January 25, 2006

  • "West Side" Travel Shed 4 [pdf 1.65mb] (Colfax to 6th Avenue, Sheridan to I-25) met on Tuesday, January 31, from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Cowell Elementary (corner of 10th and Utica). Meeting Notes [pdf 20kb]
  • "Central Denver" Travel Shed 13 [pdf 562kb](Downing to York, 40th to I-25) met on Tuesday, January 31, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Tears-McFarlane House (Headlund Hall), 1290 Williams (southeast corner of 13th and Williams). Meeting Notes [pdf 16kb]
  • "Quebec Area" Travel Shed 16 [pdf 557kb] (Monaco to Yosemite, Smith Road to Alameda) met on Wednesday, February 1, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Stapleton Area TMA Office, 7350 E. 29th Ave., Ste. 300. Meeting Notes [pdf 16kb]

Focus Group Discussion #1
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Webb Building

The public participated in a focus group discussion for an in depth study and analysis of the three, selected pilot locations, called "Travel Sheds". The focus group started with a brief overview, and then broke into three smaller groups for focused discussion on the specific travel sheds:

  • Room 4.I.3: "West Side" Travel Shed 4, Colfax to 6th Avenue, Sheridan to I-25
  • Room 4.I.4: "Central Denver" Travel Shed 13, Downing to York, 40th to I-25
  • Room 4.I.5: "Quebec Area" Travel Shed 16, Monaco to Yosemite, Smith Road to Alameda 

Five town meetings were held to solicit community input. Each meeting had a specific project focus and objective.

Town Meetings/Open Houses




Community Values and Desired Outcomes
Current and future conditions
Community values
Desired outcomes
Presentation with breakout groups June 28, 2005
Brainstorm strategies
Evaluation process
Presentation with breakout groups November 3, 2005
Travel Shed Issues Presentation with work stations
February 21, 2006
Final Travel Shed meeting
Open house with work stations
May 9, 2006
Presentation of Final Plan
Proposed for Summer 2007

The format of each town meeting was designed to maximize public participation. In some cases there was a series of Town Meetings that were held at more than one location in Denver to encourage participation from a broad range of interests. Meeting dates and locations were advertised on Channel 8 and via the website as they were determined.

Town Hall Public Meeting #1
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Denver staff conducted the first Town Hall Public Meeting for the Strategic Transportation Plan (STP) in the large 4th floor conference rooms of the Webb Building (4.G.2/4.F.6). The Webb building is located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO, 80202. View meeting notes [pdf 40kb]

Town Hall Public Meeting #2
Thursday, November 3rd from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Denver staff conducted the second Town Hall Public Meeting for the Strategic Transportation Plan (STP) in the large 4th floor conference rooms of the Webb Building (4.G.2/4.F.6). This meeting was open to the public. The project team provided an update on the planning process and attendees were given an opportunity to suggest improvements for consideration and evaluation. View a summary of these suggestions [pdf 16kb].

A similar forum was held in conjunction with the INC meeting on Saturday, November 19, from 10:30-noon. View the revised list of public suggestions [pdf 16kb.]

Open House Meeting #3
Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Building, 4th Floor Conference Room
This town meeting followed an open house format with work stations set up for each Travel Shed, the next areas of specific study. The work stations provided an opportunity to identify current transportation issues and concerns in each of these areas:

Town Hall Public Meeting #4
Tuesday, May 9th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Building, 4th Floor Conference Room
This town meeting included a short presentation summarizing the initial findings for the next five areas of study (travel sheds) evaluated in the process. Work stations identified current transportation concerns in the remaining areas to be studies. View meeting minutes [pdf 46kb]

Town Hall Public Meeting #5
Proposed for Summer 2007
Presentation of Final Plan



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