Team targets traffic trouble in Centennial

Grant empowers group to search for solutions

Posted 10/20/15

Congested roads, bumper-to-bumper traffic and detours show south metro Denver's growing transportation problem.

That's where the innovation team comes in.

In 2014, the City of Centennial received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from Bloomberg …

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Team targets traffic trouble in Centennial

Grant empowers group to search for solutions

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Congested roads, bumper-to-bumper traffic and detours show south metro Denver's growing transportation problem.

That's where the innovation team comes in.

In 2014, the City of Centennial received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to create an innovation team — “i-team” for short.

Its members include Scott Blumenreich, team manager; Daniel Hutton, project manager; Melanie Morgan, data analyst; and Bailey Little, team coordinator. 

The team's focus is:

“Embedding Innovation in government and our initial work stream concentrated on improving mobility for all people across all modes of transportation, leveraging emerging technologies to enhance accessibility and connectivity,” Blumenreich wrote on the i-team's blog, “Innovation @ Altitude.”

In the past year, the team has investigated the problem of traffic congestion on Arapahoe Road during peak travel time.

“It's a mess,” said Blumenreich. “What should take 25 minutes takes 60.”

The team aims to develop “new age solutions to old age problems,” Morgan wrote on the blog.

Traffic is inevitable, but there are ways to limit it with modern technologies such as light rail, Bluetooth, GPS, Google Maps, Waze and other gadgets, according to the team's blog.

The team's next step is to scale down a specific set of initiatives to deliver to the appropriate local and regional stakeholders by the end of the year.

“We are aligning our new ideas with needs, feasibility and impact,” Blumenreich said.

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