Funding the First and Last Mile: Report Release Sept 3

by Jill Locantore on August 13, 2015

Sheridan Station Goat Path with CaptionJoin Mile High Connects, WalkDenver, and BBC Research for the release of a new report, First and Last Mile: Funding Needs and Priorities for Connecting People to Transit.

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: St. Cajetan’s Church, Auraria Campus, 1190 9th St.
RSVP: via Eventbrite

The buildout of FasTracks, a multi-billion dollar expansion of public transit throughout metro Denver, has highlighted major challenges that riders face when attempting to access the transit system. Many transit station areas have missing or inadequate sidewalks, dangerous crossings, and poor connectivity for bicyclists. Facilities and services that allow people to get from their front door to their final destination via transit without driving a personal vehicle, referred to as “first and last mile connections” or FLMC, are critical to the success of the overall transit system. FLMC are especially important for the one third of the population that doesn’t drive due to age, income, or a disability. Yet, for the most part, the billions of dollars dedicated to the FasTracks program does not provide direct funding for FLMC.

This report provides a baseline understanding of how FLMC are currently funded in the Denver region, identifies best practices both locally and nationally, and makes recommendations on policies, practices, and funding mechanisms to address FLMC challenges. WalkDenver and BBC Research developed this report on behalf of Mile High Connects (MHC), with support from MHC members FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities and the National Resources Defense Council.

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