COVER STORY TRANSPORTATION  Interstate-25 traffic and exhaust fumes Denver Colorado

 Multiple lanes of traffic crawl slowly on southbound Interstate 25 as exhaust fumes rise into the air on cold winter day.

Denver is asking commuters what the city can do to get them to take public transit, ride bikes or carpool to work.

The city has released its annual commuter survey, which asks residents how they prefer getting to their workplace and why.

It also asks what services could influence their choices, such as shuttles to bus stations, more frequent transit services, discounted bus passes or financial incentives for biking and walking.

Expanding public transportation has been a priority for Denver. Mayor Michael Hancock revealed nearly $120 million in multimodal transportation investments as part of his 2020 budget proposal Monday.

Denver was ranked 12th by WalletHub on Tuesday among cities with the best public transportation.

As the city's population booms, getting residents to drive less can reduce traffic congestion, energy consumption and air pollution.

For Denver to reach its long-term climate goals, upgrading transportation might be essential. One of the city's 2020 sustainability goals is to reduce single-occupant vehicle commuting travel to no more than 60% of all trips. The annual commuter survey results could help guide how the city reaches that goal.

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