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All Aboard: A Tale Of A Transit City

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5/8/2014 2:46 PM  RssIcon

Council Connection is celebrating the opening of Denver Union Station (DUS) with a blog highlighting some fun facts about the transit history of Denver dating back to the 1800’s. 

Don’t miss out on the party! The Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Downtown Denver Partnership, and the City and County of Denver are celebrating this Friday, May 9th and you’re invited!

Tune in to Monday’s City Council Meeting to hear the text of a proclamation acknowledging the hard work of the many stakeholders involved with planning and constructing the nationally renowned DUS and celebrating its reopening.

RTD Fun Facts: 

Service Area = 2,340 square miles in eight counties.

RTD sales tax = 1.0%

2013 Operating Budget = $451.9 million.

2013 Daily weekday ridership (Bus and Rail) = 336,000.

2014 Daily weekday ridership (Bus and Rail) from DUS = 15,000

2030 Daily weekday ridership (Bus and Rail) from DUS = 200,000

Transit Timeline

1871 – Horsedrawn streetcar service began.

1888 – Denver Tramway Company began cable car service.

1889 – Horsedrawn streetcar service ended.

1900 – Last cable car converted to electric trolley.

1929 – Denver Tramway buys out start-up bus companies.

1950 – Streetcar service ended.

1969 – Regional Transportation District formed.

1971 –Denver Tramway Company sold to the City and County of Denver.

1980 – Guide the Ride sales tax vote failed – Denver’s first attempt to fund regional rail system. 

1982 – 16th Street Mall Ride free service began.

1994 – Metro Area Connector light rail line between I- 25/Broadway Station and 30th/Downing Station opened.

2000 – Southwest Corridor light rail opened.

2002 – Central Platte Valley light rail opened.

2003 – Downtown portion of the Metro Connector Light Rail realigned to fit the reconstruction of the Denver Convention Center.                                                        

2004 – Voters approved the
FastTracks sales tax.

2006 – Southeast Corridor light rail opened.

2013 – West Line light rail opened.

2014 – Denver Union Station and MetroRide (free bus service between DUS and Civic Center Station) opened.

2016 – Estimated opening of -  the East Line Commuter Rail to Denver International Airport,  the Gold Line Commuter Rail to Wheat Ridge, the Northwest Line Commuter Rail to Arvada,  the Interstate 225 Line Commuter Rail connecting the Southeast Rail line to the East Rail line,  U.S. Highway 36 Bus Rapid Transit Line to Boulder. 

2018 – Estimated opening of the North Metro Line Commuter Rail to Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn.

By Ean Thomas Tafoya

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