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MSU and City of Bozeman to address traffic growth

November 2, 2016 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Montana State University, the Western Transportation Institute at MSU, and the City of Bozeman have signed a memorandum of understanding to address Bozeman’s traffic growth.

WTI will implement a transportation demand management initiative to address Bozeman’s significant growth in population and subsequent increase in the number of vehicles on the road and resulting traffic. Transportation demand management programs focus on changing or reducing travel demand, particularly at peak commute hours, instead of increasing roadway supply, making more efficient use of the current roadway system.

The City of Bozeman, MSU and WTI’s Small Urban and Rural Livability Center, or SURLC, will fund the initiative. SURLC, which will also manage the initiative, is a University Transportation Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation focusing on transportation-related aspects of livability in small urban and rural communities.

“Transportation demand management is the flipside of infrastructure,” said David Kack, WTI program manager and SURLC director. “It focuses on helping people use the infrastructure in place for transit, ridesharing, walking, biking and telework. It is cost-effective in guiding the design of our transportation and physical infrastructure so that alternatives to driving are naturally encouraged and our systems are better balanced.”

MSU President Waded Cruzado said, “MSU welcomes the opportunity to expand our partnership with the city. This collaboration will work to reduce the consequences of our community’s growth on its infrastructure.”

The transportation demand management work plan will include both infrastructure-related activities, as well as data collection and analysis, and policy review. WTI will contract with local consultant LDP Strategies to address the infrastructure-related elements.

“The City of Bozeman is thrilled to move forward with this initiative and review the identified strategies to deal with current traffic congestion,” said Craig Woolard, Bozeman’s public works director. “We know that in addition to completing our road network, we need to look at ways for getting people around without having them drive by themselves.” 

The memorandum of understanding is in effect for three years and work on the initiative began Oct. 10.

Contact: David Kack, dkack@montana.edu or (406) 994-7526