TDM: A new way to move |

TDM: A new way to move

Melissa Laeser
Special to the Post Independent

As Glenwood Springs and the region grow, there will be an increased need for transportation improvements. In the past, the theory has been to supply more infrastructure to meet the needs of growth. However, there is a downside to supplying more roads: Transportation projects are expensive.

Transportation demand management, referred to as TDM, focuses on managing the demand on our roadways to slow down the need for new, expensive improvements. These programs have been very successful in larger cities where the demand on roads increases exponentially as suburbs creep up on the outskirts and in smaller communities concerned about congestion and quality of life.

The goal of TDM is to reduce the number of people driving alone on our roadways. When we move in larger groups, the demand on the roadways is decreased and there is less congestion. The transportation demand management program in Glenwood Springs is in place to provide improvements with available funds while still meeting mobility goals in the community.

We have a local bus service to move people in town, a regional bus system to move people within the region, carpool-matching programs, emergency ride home programs, trails and bike routes. There are many options and alternatives to driving alone.

As the Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP) will inevitably come before us, thinking about the way you move will become increasingly important. Alternative transportation and TDM programs will be one of the tools used to effectively mitigate the congestion. Start thinking about new and different ways you can move through town. Try a new way today!

For more information on TDM or if you are an employer wishing to provide transportation benefits to your employee, please visit our Web site at and go to the transportation pages. You can also e-mail at or call 384-6437. The options are before you ” make your choice on a new way to move.

Construction Updates

Valley View Hospital is constructing new curb and gutter on the 1900 block of Blake Avenue. Depending on the weather, work will be ongoing through Feb. 27. Traffic may be one lane for short periods during the day. The sidewalks will remain open to foot traffic. The southbound Ride Glenwood Springs bus stop will shift to in front of the daycare center during construction.

Melissa Laeser is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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