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Transit Enhancements Coming to Broadway and Lincoln

DENVER ­– Denver Public Works, in coordination with RTD, is making transit enhancements along stretches of Broadway and Lincoln Street to improve travel options for people who work, live, play and commute along both corridors. Beginning next week, the existing peak-only transit lanes will convert to 24-hour transit lanes along Broadway and Lincoln.

These improvements are one of many forthcoming enhancements to the multimodal Broadway-Lincoln corridor that advance Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan to support the mobility choices Denver residents want to make.

“Mayor Hancock is dedicated to ensuring mobility freedom for all,” said Emily Snyder, Urban Mobility Manager at Denver Public Works’ division of Transportation and Mobility. “These transit enhancements build on this promise by improving yet another travel option on one of the city’s busiest corridors.”

The new 24-hour transit lanes will run on Broadway from 17th Avenue to Exposition Avenue, and on Lincoln from 6th Avenue to 14th Avenue. The city is also extending the transit lane on Broadway from Colfax north to 17th Avenue. Vehicles will still be allowed to enter the transit lanes to make right-hand turns to access adjacent streets, parking and driveways. Beginning Sunday, August 27, several sections of the transit lanes will receive new red pavement markings and signage to help define the dedicated travel space for transit.

In addition, RTD will implement bus stop location and service changes to help improve reliability and travel time. Visit RTD’s website for route information.

Better Broadway, a coalition of community-based organizations, is supporting improvements to multimodal transportation along the Broadway-Lincoln corridor through community outreach, events, and participation in the project planning process. Leaders of the coalition include WalkDenver, Transit Alliance, BikeDenver, Bicycle Colorado, and Transportation Solutions.

“These changes are a great move by the city and RTD,” said Jamie Perkins of Better Broadway. “They show the city’s commitment to ensuring that everyone in Denver has a safe, speedy commute, no matter the transportation mode.”

To celebrate the enhancements and to “roll out the red carpet” to bus riders along the updated route, Better Broadway is sponsoring a bus stop decorating contest on October 6 and 7.

Denver Public Works will study the corridor for about a year, collecting data to evaluate the effectiveness of the red pavement markings. The team will also observe changes in transit service performance before and after the improvements are implemented.

Residents and visitors to the corridor will see work including paint application, signage changes, and bus stop location changes. Drivers should expect to encounter temporary parking restrictions and the closure of a travel lane while work is underway. The project is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

For more information, please visit www.denvermovesbroadway.com.