Building Sustainability by Advancing Environmentally Friendly Options
The Foundation’s primary sustainability program is the Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC). This innovative organization is a transportation management association (TMA) – a group that works to build sustainability by reducing the number of single-occupant cars and trucks on the road.
These efforts decrease pollution, reduce traffic and helps residents live healthy, active lives.
NETC partners with the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the City of Denver, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Walk2Connect, the Denver Police Department (DPD), Denver Public Schools (DPS) and others to create and maintain programs for walking, biking, public transit, carpooling and car sharing.
Central 70 Project
NETC is working on a $2.5 million contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation to execute the transportation demand management (TDM) component for the Central 70 construction project; TDM involves activities that help people use the transportation system more efficiently, while reducing traffic congestion, vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.
Construction started in 2018 and is expected to last at least four years. For more information: https://www.codot.gov/projects/i70east
NETC is offering transportation programs and services to help the neighborhoods and businesses that will be affected by the Central 70 Project. NETC currently serves residents of the 80216 zip code.
Central Interstate 70, between I-25 and Chambers Road, is one of Colorado's economic backbones: home to 1,200 businesses, providing the regional connection to DIA and carrying upwards of 200,000 vehicles per day, according to CDOT.
The Central 70 Project will reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road, add one Express Lane in each direction, remove the 54-year old viaduct near the National Western Stock Show complex to the west, lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards and place a 4-acre park over a portion of the lowered interstate.
NETC is conducting the neighborhood TDM for the duration of the construction, working with community members in Globeville, Elyria Swansea, NE Park Hill, Central Park and Montbello to provide programming and encourage alternative transportation to make movement through and around neighborhoods workable during construction. We are developing relationships to understand current barriers and programming needed in each neighborhood. So far, programs include a free grocery shuttle, a free activity shuttle for families, a bike library and a program that offers free RTD passes to residents and commuters.
We are also working with local schools to develop traffic plans to minimize the disruption of construction to make moving about safer for students. Community members promote our programs through word of mouth and distribute our materials. Our information materials were translated from English into seven other languages common in the area.
In partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation,
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