Multimodal Transportation Plan

2021 Multimodal Transportation Plan Update

The city of Durango is gathering community feedback in 2021 as part of the process to update the Multimodal Transportation Plan in 2022. Outreach will include neighborhood meetings for seven zones or areas in Durango, focused meetings with underrepresented populations, tours, school outreach, event booths and videos. 

Residents also can share input and ideas on how multimodal transportation could be safer and more equitable in the city using the interactive Multimodal Ideas Map below and by taking the Multimodal Transportation Plan Update Survey. 

Meetings and events

  • April 29: Kickoff event
    Listen to audio or view presentation slides  
  • June 10: Zone 5 meeting, 4-6 p.m.
    Three Springs Plaza, 151 Heritage Ln
  •  August 2: Zone 7 meeting, 4-6 p.m.
    La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.
  • September 2: Zone 1 meeting - Fanto Park 
  • October 6: Zone 3 meeting - Location TBD
  • October 21: Zone 4 meeting - Location TBD
  • November 10: Zone 6 meeting - Location TBD
  • December 15: Zone 2 meeting - Location TBD

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a map of Durango showing the 7 zones

Multimodal Ideas Map

Share your ideas on transportation connectivity, safety and equity needs on the Multimodal Ideas Map. This map allows you to place a point or draw a line where you think something is missing or could use improvement. Your input is helpful in identifying areas that the community believes needs improvement and should be identified in the updated plan. 

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What is a Multimodal Transportation Plan?

The city of Durango's Multimodal Transportation Plan guides the implementation of projects to move Durango towards a transportation network that integrates all modes of travel and makes transportation more equitable and safer. The plan's transportation policy focuses on moving people, rather than just moving automobiles. The vision of the plan is to create a fully-connected transportation network that provides for an outstanding transit, bicycling, walking and rolling community in Durango. Research has shown that communities that are friendly to all mode users provide a much higher quality of life than those that are focused primarily on the automobile. A measure of achieving this vision is that a middle-school aged child is able to safely and conveniently access transit and bike or walk independently throughout Durango and its environs.

The city of Durango is in a unique position as a smaller community due to immense public and political support for transit, multimodal transportation, parking and sustainability. This broad-based community support allows for the implementation of innovative transportation processes and projects. Due in part to this support, the city adopted its first Multimodal Transportation Plan in 2012, then adopted a plan update in 2016 and is now undergoing a plan update in 2021 to guide the implementation of prioritized projects and act as Durango's blueprint for connectivity, accessibility and mobility.

Success Stories

There have been multiple improvement success stories since the last plan update, as projects are implemented and the vision of the plan is brought to life.  You may have noticed some of the following improvements:

  • The Needham Connect Phase II Project was completed on Columbine Drive, improving sidewalks, installing ADA-compliant curb ramps and curb extensions to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety near Needham Elementary. 
  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons were installed to increase pedestrian safety at the 25th St and E 2nd Ave intersection and at the Horse Gulch intersection at 3rd St and 8th Ave. 
  • Bike lanes were added on Junction St from Miller Middle School to the city limits at Junction Ln.

Why an update in 2021?

A lot has changed in Durango since 2016, with new development, change of existing uses, a growing population, and changing transportation trends and technology. The purpose of the 2021 Multimodal Transportation Plan update is to ensure that the projects identified in the 2016 plan are current, update deficiencies, measure and evaluate accomplished projects, include new transportation technologies and ensure the plan accurately portrays the needs of the changing community. The impetus behind updating a 4-year-old plan is to attain the City Council's strategic goal to update the Multimodal Transportation Plan by 2023.

2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan

View the plan

The 2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan update was adopted by City Council on March 7, 2017 after a year of outreach, including a kickoff meeting and 12 additional public meetings. In addition to public meetings, a Virtual City Hall survey was used for a month to collect public comment. The survey garnered 207 visitors and 159 responses. The final document was updated based on feedback from City Council during the draft plan period and the City Council Study Session on December 13, 2016. The adopted 2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan Update was incorporated as an amendment to the 2012 Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan, which is an amendment to the City's 2007 Comprehensive Plan 

The Plan prioritized over 450 projects, with a grand total project cost of over $160 million. The following infographic provides a snapshot of the 2016 plan update.

MTP Infographic

2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan (PDF)

Appendix A. Land Use and Development Code, Chapter 4 (PDF)

Appendix B. Parking Demand Maps (PDF)

Appendix C. Glossary of Terms (PDF)

Appendix D. ADA Transition Plan (PDF)

Appendix E. North Main Avenue Corridor Mobility Study

2012 Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan

View the adopted 2012 Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan, as approved by City Council on July 17th, 2012.

Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan Narrative (PDF)
Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan Appendix A (PDF)
Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan Appendix B (PDF)