Making getting to work less work
Colorado is tied for having the highest percentage of telecommuters in the nation. Both Colorado and Vermont have a higher percentage of residents go to work in the comfort of their own home. An estimated 173,871 people in Colorado – 6.7 percent of the workforce – are home-based workers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-year Estimates.
These recent projects and programs show the Metro Denver region’s commitment to providing easier commuting options for area residents:
- FasTracks, a $7.4 billion project to build out the region's entire mass transit system by 2019, is underway. The expansion is the largest simultaneous transit build out in U.S. history and will make Metro Denver one of the top five regions in the country in terms of miles of fixed rail. Two lines opened in 2016: the A Line and B Line, as well as the Flatiron Flyer – all part of the FasTracks program. The University of Colorado A Line, opened in April 2016, carries passengers from downtown Denver to DIA in 37 minutes. The R Line, bringing light rail service through the heart of Aurora, opened in 2017. The G Line is planned to bring RTD service through northwest Denver, Adams County, and Arvada with the end-of-line stop in Wheat Ridge.
- The $1.67 billion T-REX Project created additional highway lanes, light rail, bike, and pedestrian options to ease congestion between Metro Denver’s major employment corridors -- Downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center.
- High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are available on sections of U.S. Highways 85, 36, and I-25. Express lanes are also available on I-25 for solo drivers at a minor fee, based on time of day.
- The E-470 and the Northwest Parkway toll roads offer ease of travel on the perimeter of the metro area.
- Employers in Metro Denver can purchase EcoPasses for their employees. The transit pass allows seven-day access to RTD services, Metro Denver's public transportation provider.
- Numerous bike paths also weave throughout the Metro Denver area. The Colorado General Assembly declared June as Colorado Bike Month with the fourth Wednesday of the month being Bike to Work Day. Nearly 30,000 riders participate in this annual event.
- The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) publishes reports on commuting patterns throughout the region.
USA Today ranked two of Metro Denver’s bike paths on its list of best urban bike paths in the U.S. The Boulder Creek Path was ranked second, and the Cherry Creek Bike Path was ranked fifth. WalkScore.com ranked Denver as the 4th most bike-friendly in the U.S. in 2017, which was calculated by measuring bike infrastructure, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and the number of bike commuters.
- GoDenver app – a pilot mobility platform for residents & tourists to make transit choices
- Mile High Connects – organizations committed to increasing access to essential services via public transit
- DRCOG – Denver Regional Council of Governments RideArrangers Program
- Colorado Department of Transportation - Commuter Choices Program
- SmartTrips.org - Transportation options in Northern Colorado
- Traffic.com - Live traffic map