Denver Public Works will be split in two to better address the city’s transportation and mobility needs, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Wednesday.
First, the next Public Works head will create two divisions within the department; public works and mobility. Then, the city plans for a “a smooth transition to a new Department of Transportation and Mobility,” according to a release from the Mayor’s Office.
Naturally, there’s more to it.
The new department will eventually handle “mobility policy and planning, parking, right of way and traffic engineering operations and maintenance,” according to the city. Public Works will keep responsibility for waste, water qualities and other services.
Also worth noting: Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman has talked about a new transit office before, in the context of adding microtransit to the city. Last October, Susman cited Bridj as one example of this concept, which essentially acted like an on-demand bus for up to 12 people. Bridj has since shut down.
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