Program Details

Transportation 101 is a 7-week class in which participants meet to learn from local experts and leaders, meet other interested citizens and ultimately put what they learn into action. Transportation 101 will develop leaders who are poised to enhance communities and people’s lives by cultivating a healthy, resilient and more sustainable lifestyle by supporting transit, active transportation and increased access. Transportation 101 graduates will be equipped to provide relevant and timely information to help policy makers, business leaders, and the general public make informed decisions about transportation choices and transportation infrastructure investments in our region.

The Transportation 101 program is modeled after the Denver Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy that has been in operation for over 10 years and boasts over 800 graduates. The Transportation Alliance believes that engaged and informed citizens are integral to building the region’s transportation future.

At the end of the course Transportation 101 graduates will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of regional transportation issues and the critical role transportation plays in our lives.
  • Educate fellow citizens about transportation and its important linkages to quality of life.
  • Educate fellow citizens about the importance of investing in transportation service and infrastructure.
  • Become empowered advocates who implement their own action plans related to transportation

2018 Spring Class Materials

Session 1


Recommended reading

Action Plan brainstorming activity

Session 2


Recommended reading

Session 3

Recommended viewing

Session 4


Useful resources

The presentation on the transportation planning process was based on US DOT’s Every Place Counts Leadership Academy. The full toolkit from that program takes an even broader look at the transportation decision-making process.

During Q&A there was some discussion about the different tools or apps that are available to help with transit trip planning. Here are the links to two that were mentioned.

And there’s an online version of the final activity we did where you can design a streetscape. It’s fun to play around with but could also be a useful tool for advocacy.