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Brighton, CO Adopts Transportation Plan

The new Brighton Transportation Master Plan was adopted unanimously by City Council on March 1, 2016. Brighton is a rapidly growing, freestanding community within the Denver Region. The Transportation Plan, prepared by Charlier Associates, uses an innovative growth management strategy and a flexible approach to set the community on a path toward increasing multimodal transportation options, local and regional network connectivity, mobility and safety, while providing a sustainable foundation for future land development and increased economic activity.

Community Builders

Charlier Associates has been working with the Sonoran Institute on formation of a training and technical assistance program called New Mobility West (NMW). NMW is a featured program of a new non-profit organization – Community Builders – that provides information, research, insight and analysis for developers, realtors, planners, public officials and engaged citizens who are actively building stronger economies in the towns and cities of the American West. Charlier Associates’ involvement includes serving on the faculty for the Community Builders Leadership Institute (a training program) and providing direct technical assistance to local public sector partners. more…

Jackson WY, Adopts Community Streets Plan

On December 7, 2015, the Town Council of Jackson, WY, adopted a new Community Streets Plan. Staff, including members from Pathways, Public Works, START Bus, Planning, and Parks and Recreation departments, worked closely with Charlier Associates over a nine-month period, followed by public comment and development of additional content, to create the 2015 Community Streets Plan. more…

APA-CO 2015 Conference, Steamboat Springs

The American Planning Association, Colorado Division (APA-CO) held its annual conference in Steamboat Springs September 30 – October 2, 2015. Planners and other professionals in the planning industry from across the state gathered to share ideas, knowledge and information on noteworthy projects and cutting-edge practices. This year’s conference saw record breaking attendance, and both Jim Charlier and Patrick Picard of Charlier Associates were contributors. Jim moderated a session titled “Emerging Trends in Transportation Planning” and Patrick was one of the three speakers. more…

US State Department - Indonesia Technical Assistance

In September, 2015 Jim Charlier spent two weeks working with local governments and universities in Indonesia on urban transportation challenges and opportunities. This work was funded by the US State Department and coordinated by the US Embassy in Jakarta and the Consulate in Sumatra. more…

Jackson and Teton County, WY Adopt Transportation Plan

The Jackson/Teton Integrated Transportation Plan was adopted by the joint Town Council and County Commission by a vote of 9-0 on September 14, 2015. The Integrated Transportation Plan, prepared by Charlier Associates, is unique in its approach to integrating several complex, yet overlapping systems, including land use, multiple travel modes, and numerous jurisdictions (Town, County, State DOT, Federal Lands). more…

Aspen VMT Model and GHG Emissions Study

The City of Aspen’s Canary Initiative, a city program that promotes environmental stewardship and reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, released the 2014 Aspen Community-wide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Report. The report utilizes data from the City’s first comprehensive vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) study conducted by Charlier Associates in the spring of 2015. more…

TIGER Notice of Funding Opportunity

US DOT has announced the availability of $500 million for the seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. The agency release says the 2015 round includes some adjustments from past practice. The rural "set-aside" is now 20% and DOT is clarifying the availability of funds for pre-construction phases (concept engineering, final design, etc.). Pre-applications for TIGER VII grants are due May 4 and final applications are due June 5. more…

2015 Mayor's Institute on City Design

Jim Charlier served on the resource team for the most recent Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) in Los Angeles. MICD is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the US Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation. more…

Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys Regional Transportation Forum

On October 17, 2014 leaders in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys (from Parachute, CO to Aspen, CO) on Colorado's Western Slope convened in Glenwood Springs to discuss rapidly evolving trends and shifts in travel demand and transportation needs in the area. more…

Lahaina Bypass Phase 2 Opens on West Maui

On January 8, 2014, a new 2.5-mile roadway opened to vehicular traffic, providing a long awaited alternative to routing West Maui commuter traffic through central Lahaina Town. The project was completed seven years after Charlier Associates led an unprecedented transportation planning charrette involving more than 100 stakeholders in a break-through discussion of potential projects and traffic issues on Maui. more…

Growth and Infrastructure Consortium Annual Meeting

On October 3, 2013 Roger Hoffmann (Northern Colorado Commuter Rail) and Jim Charlier (Charlier Associates) gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Growth and Infrastructure Consortium (formerly the National Impact Fee Roundtable). The session title was “Not Your Father’s Transportation System.” This year’s event was a co-meeting with the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona, and was held at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. more…

Kaua'i Adopts Transportation Plan

The Kaua'i Multimodal Land Transportation Plan (MLTP). was adopted by Kaua'i County Council by a vote of 7 to 0 on January 30, 2013. The long range plan, prepared by Charlier Associates, Inc., is Kaua'i’s first multimodal transportation plan and includes sections on public transit, bicycle facilities, pedestrian facilities, county roads and streets, agriculture transportation, and land use. A major component of the plan includes the first long-range plan for The Kaua'i Bus, the islands’ popular and rapidly growing public transit system.


Grand Teton National Park Multi-Use Path (August 2012)

The final leg of a 20-mile pathway connecting the Town of Jackson to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park was completed in June. The pathway is an integral recommendation of the GTNP Transportation Plan Environmental Impact Statement, which was approved in 2006. Charlier Associates, Inc. provided transportation planning, alternatives development and environmental consequence expertise during the 5 years of research, collaboration, development and analysis that went into writing the comprehensive EIS.


Active Transportation Indicators (July 2012)

Charlier Associates, in collaboration with Dr. Ann Forsyth (of Harvard University) and Dr. Kevin Krizek (of the University of Colorado), recently completed a research project sponsored by Kaiser Permanente to identify model examples of how to measure active transport, in particular those currently being used in Colorado. The primary research component of this project was an Active Transportation Indicators Workshop that was held in Englewood, CO on March 15, 2012 and was managed by CAI. more…

TIGER III Grant Award (December 2011)

Smith River Rancheria, a federally-recognized Native American Tribe located along the Pacific Coast in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon, received a $2.5 million TIGER III grant for its US 101 Multimodal Smith River Safety Corridor project. Charlier Associates, Inc. collaborated with the Tribe to develop, prepare and submit the TIGER grant application as a consultant to Smart Growth America. The TIGER grant award will fund much-needed safety improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists within the Tribe’s “gateway areas” on this nationally-significant highway, as well as signage and other elements to enhance the area’s unique community identity.


EPA Smart Growth Award (November 2011)

Connecting El Paso, a TOD and redevelopment plan for several BRT stations and corridors, and a former smelter site, has won USEPA’s 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Programs, Policies, and Regulations. Charlier Associates, Inc. was the transportation subconsultant for the project, led by Dover, Kohl & Partners. Connecting El Paso used an innovative charrette process to develop SmartCode-based TOD plans for three BRT stations and corridors as part of the City’s planned Rapid Transit System, a four-line citywide BRT system. more…

TIGER III Technical Assistance (October 2011)

Charlier Associates, Inc. is assisting six communities across the country in applying for USDOT TIGER III grants. Five are rural communities that CAI is assisting as a consultant to Smart Growth America. We are assisting the sixth community, El Paso, Texas, as part of our ongoing work on a consulting team led by Dover, Kohl & Partners to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan and to prepare TOD and redevelopment plans.


National Praise for El Paso Project (February 2011)

Charlier Associates, Inc. is a key part of a team led by Dover, Kohl & Partners (DKP) that recently completed Connecting El Paso for the west Texas city. The plan, unanimously adopted by the El Paso City Council on January 18th, 2011, is attracting national attention as a leading-edge smart growth TOD blueprint.


Transit Alliance Citizens Academy

On October 6th, Jacob Riger and Jennifer Valentine served as guest instructors for the Transit Alliance’s Fall 2010 Citizens Academy in Denver.  Jacob and Jennifer led approximately 40 participants through a mini-charrette planning exercise for transit-oriented development (TOD) around a future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station in El Paso, Texas.  This interactive exercise illustrated the complex transportation, land use, and urban design relationships in TOD station-area planning being taught by the Citizens Academy. more…

Rochester, MN Workshops

On September 21st and 22nd Jim Charlier presented workshops for the City of Rochester, Minnesota.  The workshops were funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota as part of its program to provide technical support to local governments in Minnesota on community design and other measures to help them move more toward local “active living” environments. more…

Minnesota APA

On September 23, Jim Charlier was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association.  The theme of the conference this year, held in Mankato, was “Planning in a New Decade.” more…

CTAI Annual Meeting

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) held its 2010 annual meeting in Boise on September 13 through 15.  CTAI is a young, growing organization of transit providers, public sector planners and administrators and private sector firms serving the transportation industry.  This was the organization’s first statewide annual meeting in its current organizational structure and drew attendance from across the State, from federal agencies and from around the country. more…

Spatial Roundtable Forum

The website, Spatial Roundtable, is hosting a forum on how geographic information systems can contribute to growth management.  Invited contributors included Paul Zykofsky (LGC), Bruce Knight, Dan Burden, Dr. Kevin Fletcher, John Frece (EPA), and Jim Charlier.  Check out the discussion at: more…

Jena Vision

Charlier Associates, on a team led by Code-Studio, recently completed Jena’s Vision, a Growth Plan for the Town of Jena, Louisiana. Adopted by the Jena Town Council in January of this year, the plan included a new alignment of US Highway 84, which the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will widen through town in the coming years. Charlier Associates assisted the Town in evaluating the alternatives put forth by the DOTD and eventually developed a new, preferred alignment, a short couplet design, which the DOTD agreed to include the on-going planning and design process. more…

Governor's Energy Office Workshop

On May 6 Jim Charlier spoke to an audience of central Colorado local officials, including Salida, Buena Vista, Chaffee County and Breckenridge, among others.  The workshop was put on by the Governor’s Energy Office as part of a program to support energy planning in Colorado — “Recharge Colorado.” more…

American Planning Association (APA) Community Planning Assistance Program

On April 10, Jacob Riger participated in the Community Planning Assistance Program as part of the APA’s 2010 National Conference in New Orleans.  The purpose of the volunteer program is to provide planning assistance and national expertise to communities lacking local planning resources in the form of one day, on-site work in conjunction with the annual conference. more…

DRCOG Planner Idea Exchange

On March 17, Jacob Riger jointly presented with Commerce City staff at the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ monthly Planner Idea Exchange.  Jacob and Chris Cramer, Commerce City Planning Manager, discussed transportation network connectivity from theory to real-world application. more…

Governors' Institute on Community Design

On January 4 – 6, Jim Charlier participated in a workshop for Delaware Governor Jack Markell in New Castle Delaware.  The Governors’ Institute on Community Design provided the workshop. more…

Phoenix Affordable Housing Summit

On November 10 Jim Charlier made a presentation on “elder mobility” at an Affordable Housing Summit held in conjunction with Greenbuild in Phoenix, Arizona. Also speaking as part of the same session was Spencer Haynsworth, representing Santa Fe Community Housing. Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. more…

Complete Streets and Context-Sensitive Solutions as Tools for Active, Healthy Communities

Draft Arvada TOD Materials Available

Building the New Damascus

Houston Tomorrow

Arizona Town Hall

18th Annual Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference

NC State University Urban Design Forum

Taos TND Transportation Analysis

Arizona Smart Growth

AIA Sustainable Development

Tucson Smart Growth

AIA Montana

Helena Town Hall Community Discussion

Spring CILT Class

7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Context Sensitive Design for WTS

Delivering 21st Century Transportation System

Dakota County, Minnesota “Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Options”

Denver Voters Approve Issue 1A: Maintenance Fund for Streets, Parks, and City Buildings

Boulder Bike Summit

Carver County Minnesota: Design for Active Living

CAI Presents at Colorado APA Conference

Recent News & Events

Jim Charlier speaks to Blue Ribbon Panel

Terri Musser Speaks at Colorado Institute for Leadership Training

Sustainable Mobility - Kona Kai Ola

Charlier Associates at CNU XV

Colorado Healthy Living Summit

National Main Streets Conference in Seattle, WA

6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference 2007

Rail-Volution '06

Honolulu ULI

Envision Houston Region Charrette

Updated! CNU Transportation Summit and Workshop Nov. 16-18, 2006

Colorado APA Conference, Telluride, CO

West Maui Commuter Needs Survey - COMPLETED!


Summer Staff Additions 2006

Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities -- Smart Growth Conference

Hāli‘imaile Community Planning Charrette

Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities -- Smart Growth Conference

Transit Oriented Development in Nashville.......

The Science of Pedestrian Planning Evolves.......

Transit Circulation at Light Rail Stations in Inverness.......

Smart Growth is Smart Business

Active Living By Design

Grand Teton National Park EIS.......

Crested Butte Intersection Reconstruction.......

Comprehensive Transportation Plan in Kapalua, Maui.......

Midwest Region Context Sensitive Design & Solutions Workshop

2005 Colorado State Trails Conference

Colorado Tomorrow 2005

Transportation Summit of the Congress for New Urbanism

Smart Growth Policies for McCall, Idaho

City of Bainbridge Recommendations Completed

FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) - Boulder, CO

Casper Smart Growth Workshop

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - Denver, CO
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