Congestion measurements are defined by travel-time delay, which is the difference between the travel time on highways at the free flow speed and the time spent in current traffic. In 2013, the average travel-time delay in congested corridors was 17.1 minutes per traveler, per day. A highway is considered congested when the peak traffic volume is 85 percent or greater than what the highway was designed to sustain.
CDOT has exceeded its goal to help alleviate congestion. Despite declining revenues, the department has implemented a variety of strategies to get more out of the existing system. Ramp metering, signal timing, overhead variable message signs and HOV lanes are all helping to reduce congestion.
See Where CDOT Spends to learn where your tax dollars are being spent on Intelligent Transportation Systems projects that reduce congestion.
Long Range Goal
Transit Ridership in Colorado
Description of Measure
Passengers took more than 120 million trips in 2013 on Colorado’s public transportation vehicles, which include buses, light rail and vehicles used by services that transport disabled people. A trip is counted each time a passenger boards a vehicle, no matter how many vehicles the passenger takes to reach a destination.
Many factors influence ridership. High gas prices in mid-2008 boosted passenger trips, while lower gas prices and less work-related travel during the economic downturn in 2009-10 contributed to a drop in ridership. Ridership totals increased in 2012 in part because the Town of Mountain Village began reporting to the National Transit Database.
CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail is responsible for planning, developing, operating, and integrating transit and rail within the transportation system statewide. The division also administers federal and state grant money to support transit and rail service throughout Colorado.
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Description of Measure
Thousands of people every day use CDOT’s COTrip.org website to find current information on road conditions, traffic speeds, travel times, construction updates and more. Visits to the site have jumped almost 170 percent since 2008, reaching more than 15.1 million in 2012.
Ongoing updates and enhancements by CDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Branch allow COTrip.org to provide valuable, real-time information for travelers.