Incentives launched to ease U.S. 36 traffic

LOUISVILLE – A nonprofit organization is introducing training sessions and subsidies as part of its effort to curb congestion along the U.S. Highway 36 corridor between Boulder and Denver.

As part of the ongoing U.S. 36 express-lanes project,  Louisville-based 36 Commuting Solutions said in a press statement that it plans to hold quarterly telecommuting training sessions at various locations along the corridor. Attendees will receive tools to implement a telework program within their organizations, the statement said, and $2,500 is available to help establish new telework programs with corridor employers to cover costs such as computer hardware, software or policy development.

The first training is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield.

36 Commuting Solutions also will provide free Regional Transportation District 10-ride ticket books, valued at $45 each, to encourage commuting via public transit along U.S. 36.  For those interested in participating in a vanpool, the nonprofit will provide a three-month reimbursement for new vanpoolers traveling to or through the corridor, a savings of more than $160.

 “We are excited to bring these additional incentives  to the U.S. 36 corridor community, not only to encourage commuters to change their travel habits, but to help employers better incorporate these commute options into their overall employee lifestyle,” said Audrey DeBarros, 36 Commuting Solutions executive director, in the press statement.  “By giving this initial boost, employers and commuters will likely be more willing to continue their new commuting habits beyond the initial incentive period.”

The public-private coalition that makes up 36 Commuting Solutions consists of 65 private-sector members and nine-public sector members between Westminster, Boulder and Longmont, and nine individual members.

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