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About Denver Moves: Transit

As Denver continues to grow, we must provide more reliable and safe mobility options to move more people where they need to go, and improve connections to key destinations and between neighborhoods. Denver Moves: Transit is Denver’s first-ever citywide transit plan creating a local transit vision and guiding framework that calls for improving the quality of transit options in our city – making transit more reliable, more frequent, and more convenient for daily use.

 

 

 

DENVER MOVES: TRANSIT DRAFT PLAN

  • Recommends investments in key corridors in Denver that will result in high-quality and reliable transit.
  • Recommends  a network of frequent transit service corridors, to provide service that arrives more often, all day, every day.
  • Identifies improvements in pedestrian and bike infrastructure and amenities to make it easier and safer for people walking and biking to get to transit.
  • Promotes transit-supportive land use  and developments and instills a “sense of place” at transit stations and stops in Denver.
  • Recommends continued support for affordable fare programs fare payment technology to make transit more affordable easier to use, and programs that promote and encourage the use of transit.

 

 

How did we get here?

Outreach Process

If you were unable to attend in person or want to review the materials the team provided at the January open houses, visit the online open house.

Name Organization/Affiliation
Kathleen Osher, co-chair  Transit Alliance
Ellen Winkler, co-chair INDUSTRY 
Paul Aldretti Mile High Connects 
Stuart Anderson Transportation Solutions
Liz Babcock Denver Department of Environmental Health
Tangier Barnes Wright Groundwork Denver
Jordan Block Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee
Laura Brudzynski Denver Office of Economic Development 
Tiffany Eck VISIT Denver
Andy Farr Southeast Neighborhood Area Resident (University Hills)
Councilman Kevin Flynn Denver Council District 2
Trevor Greco Northwest Neighborhood Area Resident (West Highland)
Ellen Ittelson Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Dr. Antwan Jefferson Far Northeast Neighborhood Area Resident (Green Valley Ranch)
Councilwoman Robin Kniech Council At-Large
Angie Rivera-Malpiede Stapleton Foundation; Northeast Transportation Connections
Daniel Hutton Denver South Transportation Management Association
Aylene McCallum Downtown Denver Partnership
Kirk Miller ADAPT
Chris Nevitt Denver Department of Community Planning & Development
Joel Noble INC (Transportation Committee); Denver Planning Board
Nicole Portee Denver Public Schools
Merritt Pullam Central Neighborhood Area Resident (Mayfair)
Bill Sirois Regional Transportation District 
Jessica Skibo Denver Women’s Commission
Piep van Heuven Northeast Denver Area Resident (Park Hill)
Barbara Weiske Auraria Higher Education Center
Diane Young Denver Commission on Aging

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #1
July 26, 2016
VISIT DENVER Boardroom, 1555 California St, Ste 300

Meeting #1 Summary (PDF)

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #2
October 3, 2016
VISIT DENVER Boardroom, 1555 California St, Ste 300

Meeting #2 Summary (PDF)

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #3
December 1, 2016
Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) Boardroom, 1515 Arapahoe St, Tower 2, Suite 400

Meeting #3 Summary (PDF)

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #4
February 2, 2017
Visit Denver Boardroom (Convention & Visitor Bureau Offices) 1555 California Street, Suite 300 1:00 - 3:30pm

Meeting #4 Summary (PDF)

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #5
April 6, 2017
Visit Denver Boardroom (Convention & Visitor Bureau Offices) 1555 California Street, Suite 300 1:00 - 3:30pm

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #6
June 1, 2017
Visit Denver Boardroom (Convention & Visitor Bureau Offices) 1555 California Street, Suite 300 1:00 - 3:30pm

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #7
August 3, 2017
Visit Denver Boardroom (Convention & Visitor Bureau Offices) 1555 California Street, Suite 300 1:00 - 4:00pm

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #8
October 5, 2017
Visit Denver Boardroom (Convention & Visitor Bureau Offices) 1555 California Street, Suite 300 1:00 - 3:30pm

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #9
December 7, 2017
VISIT DENVER Boardroom, 1555 California St, Ste 300

Agenda (PDF)

Denver Moves Transit Task Force Meeting #10
February 1, 2018
VISIT DENVER Boardroom, 1555 California St, Ste 300

"Dreaming Big" Youth Stakeholder Video

Our youth stakeholder group worked with the transit plan team to develop a video about the importance of transit. Watch the video here

Name Organization/Affiliation

Estee Dechtman

Denver School of the Arts

Sindimwo Thierry

Denver School of Innovation and Design

Devon Musselman

East High School

Selma Mohamed

George Washington High School

Diaraye Diallo 

Denver School of Science and Technology: Cole1

Kobi Truesdale

Denver School of Science and Technology: Cole

Taylor Parrish

Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley

Cornelius Foxworth

East High School

 

Planning Documents

The goals for Denver Moves: transit were developed using feedback from the community, stakeholders, and Task Force. More than 75% of survey respondents feel that these goals capture what they hope the plan will accomplish. These goals complement the Denveright Vision Elements.

 

icons: Denver Moves Transit goals - Enhance: make it more appealing to ride transit, Simplify: make transit easier to use, Connect: connect people and places to transit, Thrive: improve community health and access to opportunity, Sustain: support a transit system in Denver that will be successful over the long term

Over the last two decades, the Denver region has made significant investments in the RTD transit system to help Denver and the region accommodate growth. Regional investments including Union Station and FasTracks are critically important but are only one piece of the puzzle —travelers within the city of Denver require fast, frequent, and convenient connections to jobs, neighborhoods, schools, and services.

With increasing demand on our transit system, now is the time for Denver to examine how transit can play a key role in creating a successful mobility system that moves more people and provides more freedom of choice for people to move into, out of and through our city as our population grows. 

Mobility is a key ingredient to connect people to jobs, housing and a high quality of life. Denver is creating a safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation system, providing people with more choices and the freedom to get around town on the travel modes that meet their day-to-day needs.

Leveraging RTD’s investments in rail and bus, Denver Moves: Transit will identify a local vision for transit that enhances the current transit system to attract ridership and build a culture of transit in Denver. A local vision for transit in Denver will help accommodate the city’s unprecedented growth and sus­tain Denver as the healthy and vibrant community that has attracted such growth. Denver Moves: Transit will both set a vision for transit in Denver and explore options for the City’s role in delivering that vision in how we can make the existing transit system even better, in partnership with RTD.

Through community engagement, the Denver Moves: Transit planning effort will work to educate residents about transit opportunities, costs and potential tradeoffs. With input from the community, the plan will identify citywide needs, values and a shared vision, and then define priorities for providing intercity transit solutions for our neighborhoods and connecting key corridors and local streets to the regional transit system.

The plan will align projects in phases that reflect the community’s priorities and available funding sources. Finally, the plan will determine costs and evaluate funding mechanisms and policies required to achieve the vision.

 

Next Steps

  • August 6 - October 31, 2018: Public review of draft plan
  • 2018-19: After the comment period, the input received will be used to inform finalizing the plan and next steps moving forward.