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New study reveals more downtown commuters are choosing public transportation

Posted at 9:11 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 11:11:00-04

DENVER — The Downtown Denver Partnership released a new study Wednesday showing how most commuters in Denver get to and from work.

The study found an increase in commuters using public transit, with nearly 40 percent choosing this option. It also revealed a decline in the drive-alone rate — about 35 percent of commuters chose to drive alone. Nine percent of commuters said they ride a bicycle to work.

The other 15 percent are walking, carpooling and using other methods of transportation.

Downtown Denver Partnership Senior Manager of Transportation Mobility Andrew Iltis said city leaders will use these statistics to improve transportation safety and decrease traffic jams.

“We're looking at the entire mobility network and really trying to figure out how to prioritize streets to make them better for all people to move,” Iltis said.

Iltis said in the next year, commuters will see gap closures in the bike network and sidewalk network.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Denver are also considering adding dedicated transit lanes on 18th Street and 19th Street.

To read the full study, click here.