2014 Local and Regional Travel Patterns Study (RFTA)

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Executive Summary 2014 Regional Travel Patterns


David Johnson, AICP
Director of Planning
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
1340 Main Street; Carbondale, CO 81623

2004 Local & Regional Travel Patterns Study 


Garfield County, the City of Rifle, Pitkin County, Snowmass Village and the City of Aspen have joined forces to update the Local and Regional Travel Patterns Study completed in 1998.   The purpose of the study is to give local officials in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys a more detail on the how, why, and when residents and tourists are moving within the region, gauge progress toward local and regional  transportation goals, and inform future investments in transportation infrastructure.

“The 1998 study has been incredibly useful to the region,” said Randy Russell, Garfield County’s Long Range Planner and the manger of the update effort.

“The Travel Patterns Study helped us understand how connected we really are as a region.  For instance, in 1998, only 39% of workers in the Parachute to Aspen Region lived and worked in the same town.  We used the study as evidence before the PUC to argue for local calling in Garfield County, which we got approved last year.  We also learned that 14% of all trips in the Highway 82 corridor are on transit.  That’s higher than any other region in the state!  Given the demographic shifts and the completion of several transportation improvements in our region, the update effort is very timely.”

The study was conducted by the same team that worked on the 1998 study, RRC Associates, Charlier Associates and Healthy Mountain Communities.


Released April 12, 2005

Full Report (PDF -112 pages, 942kb)

PowerPoint Summary (PDF, 1.3 mb)

An electronic version of the 1998 Local and Regional Travel Patterns Study is available below.


Local and Regional Travel Pattern Study (1997-1998)

Summary of Transportation Planning Data in Existing Reports: Technical Memorandum.  This report is made up of the following elements:

  • A discussion of the types of data necessary to describe and predict travel in the valley.
  • A general summary of available data, its sources, and the extent to which it meets planning requirements.
  • Highlights of the data included in available reports, and a discussion of the data’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • An index of the data types as included in the available reports.

The overall purpose of this report is to provide the reader with an understanding of what data is necessary, what data is available, and what data is missing and therefore must be collected to support effective transportation planning in the valley.

Volume I 
Current Travel Patterns 

Full Report (pdf file)

Employer survey

Employee survey

Volume II
Future Travel and Mobility

Full Report (pdf file)

This volume takes the information in Volume I and provides  forecasts for the purpose of regional transportation planning in the Parachute to Aspen area.


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