Is Denver's Traffic Getting Worse---or Is It Just You?

May 24 2010, 10:01 AM
If you've been grumbling more and more as you try to get from one side of Denver to the other, don't worry, you're not getting impatient in your old age. After driving in the Denver area either declined or stagnated in 2007 and 2008, it picked up again in 2009, according to a new traffic report by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (via the Denver Business Journal). VMT---or vehicle miles traveled---may be returning to a pattern of growth. "An improving economic outlook and population growth will likely contribute to VMT increases in the future," the study says. DRCOG is considering ways to reduce traffic congestion in the coming decades, including determining where new housing can be located. One idea: 50 percent of new housing and 75 percent of new jobs would be located in "urban centers" served by strong transit by 2035. VMT in Denver is expected to grow a staggering 85 percent by 2035, compared with 2008 levels. In the trying-to-chip-away-at-the-problem category is a new FLEX bus service that will link Fort Collins, Loveland, and Berthoud to Longmont and the Regional Transportation District's bus connections to Boulder and downtown Denver, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. And Wyoming drivers who have been screaming past automatic tolls on E-470 in Colorado will now be billed as the toll provider has reached an agreement to obtain vehicle ownership information with the Wyoming Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.