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Denver Seeks Public Input on Center-Running Bus Rapid Transit Recommendation for East Colfax Avenue

DENVER — Do you take transit, ride a bike, walk, or drive along East Colfax Avenue? Do you live near the corridor or frequent the businesses there? If so, Denver Public Works, in partnership with RTD, would like your input on Denver’s preliminary recommendation for a center-running bus rapid transit (BRT) on East Colfax Avenue to improve travel along the corridor from I-25 to I-225.

Over the next several months, the public’s feedback on Denver’s preliminary recommendation for a center-running BRT will help inform the next phase of the project. A more detailed design for BRT and project implementation schedule will be developed in 2018. Construction is anticipated to begin as early as 2020.

Deploying BRT along one of Denver’s busiest corridors is a key component of Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan. The General Obligation bond package Denver voters overwhelming passed on November 7, includes $55 million for additional design and initial implementation for BRT on Colfax, as well as more than $20 million for streetscaping improvements. The bond also includes other funds for pedestrian and bike safety enhancements along the corridor.

In 2012, the City began discussing solutions with the public for improving transit, mobility and accessibility along Colfax. After years of analysis and a robust public outreach process, Denver identified East Colfax as an ideal candidate for BRT. The community then helped shape the center-running concept, which was identified this year. The center-running BRT concept would dedicate an existing travel lane for transit in each direction along Colfax from Broadway to Yosemite. Below is a rendering of what it could look like:

Rendering of Colfax intersection with center lane bus stop and amenities

The public can learn more about this project and is encouraged to provide feedback through the end of the year at www.ColfaxCorridorConnections.com. Denver will announce a final decision on a BRT concept for Colfax by early next year.

Why BRT?

Over the next 20 years, Denver expects 25% more people to travel along Colfax Avenue. BRT can move more people along the corridor, carrying up to 50,000 riders per day compared to the 22,000 people who currently ride RTD buses along Colfax. In addition, BRT improves the efficiency of bus travel with faster boarding and travel times of up to 15 minutes.