Frequently Asked Questions

There are east/west mobility problems in the East Colfax corridor today and they are projected to be worse in the future.  Total travel within the corridor is forecast to increase by up to 20% to 30% in the next 10 to 15 years.  In addition, the findings of a recent Streetcar Feasibility Study and the Denver Strategic Transportation Plan identified a need for significant additional transit capacity in the East Colfax corridor by 2030. 

Yes. Colfax Corridor Connections will incorporate environmental evaluations that will comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  NEPA compliance for the project is assumed to require an Environmental Assessment.
The project includes an analysis of many transit and multi-modal options such as revised operations of existing transit routes, use of larger buses, bus rapid transit (BRT), transit-only lanes, streetcar service, light rail, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and more. Combinations of options will also be used to create alternatives. An increasingly detailed evaluation will identify a handful of alternatives that best meet the needs of the corridor with the least environmental impact. Community members will have opportunities to provide input throughout this process and help the City determine the alternative(s) it will recommend to be implemented.
The project will consider how the overall FasTracks system and its I-225 Rail Line will influence transportation and mobility within the East Colfax corridor and how those systems, including I-225, will interact.

The project corridor is defined roughly as Colfax Avenue from I-25 to I-225 on the west and east, respectively, and extends north and south from 20th to 12th avenues.

Colfax Corridor Connections is a $3 million project. The majority of the effort is funded by a $2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration with the remainder coming from the City and County of Denver.
Colfax Corridor Connections will identify an action, or set of actions, that can be taken to meet transit demand and improve overall mobility in the East Colfax corridor now and over the next 25 years.
At this point, it’s too early to say. An environmental study will be conducted to identify the likely benefits and impacts of potential projects. When impacts are identified, the study will recommend ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate them.
Not yet. Colfax Corridor Connections will identify an action or set of actions that can be taken to meet transit demand and improve mobility in the East Colfax corridor. This action, or set of actions, would become part of a long-range transportation plan and implemented as funding becomes available.
Public input is essential to the success of this project. To ensure maximum public-participation, the City is implementing a proactive public-involvement program that is designed to be responsive to feedback from the community. Public input is vital to making decisions that are in the best overall interest of the communities within the East Colfax corridor. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

No. A Colfax Streetcar Feasibility Study was completed by the City and County of Denver in 2010 to determine whether any high-level fatal flaws exist that would preclude implementation of a streetcar system in the East Colfax corridor. No fatal flaws were identified, so streetcar will be among the transit technologies evaluated. However, this project will identify the best long term transit and mobility solutions for the East Colfax corridor, which may or may not include the addition of a streetcar in the corridor. 

The City and County of Denver, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) are collaborating to complete this project under the guidance of the Federal Transit Administration. The project team is working closely with the City of Aurora, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and a number of local/state/federal agencies throughout the project. In addition, Denver and RTD have formed a Community Task Force  comprised of representatives from registered neighborhood and business organizations to help deepen their engagement with local communities. 

From RTD’s FasTracks system and the redevelopment on and around the Anschutz Medical Campus to other long-range planning studies going on in the study area, there is no shortage of projects to consider. The Colfax Corridor Connections team is in regular communication with all project teams working in the corridor to ensure that the most current and reliable information is informing the project and process.  

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) is responsible for maintaining a model that predicts how travel in the metro area will change in the future if planned projects are completed. RTD and DRCOG, in coordination with the City of Aurora, are currently developing a new travel forecasting model that is expected to be a more detailed and powerful prediction tool for the region. One of the biggest benefits of the new model is its ability to more accurately account for the role walking and bicycle trips (either exclusively or as part of a trip that includes transit or vehicular travel) play in travel behavior. Given the strong role that walking and bicycling play in the East Colfax corridor, the new model is a valuable addition to this project.

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Tykus R. Holloway, PE, AICP
Denver Public Works

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The Colfax Corridor Connections team is wrapping up a year of technical analysis of the project’s three remaining alternatives (Enhanced Bus, Bus Rapid Transit and Modern Streetcar) as part of the transit Alternatives Analysis phase of the project. This summer/fall, the City will provide the public with additional information and feedback opportunities on the available options for improving mobility in the East Colfax Avenue travel corridor now and over the next 25 years.

Coming this summer:

  • Project updates on the website
  • Public meetings with opportunities to provide feedback on the project and next steps at the meetings and/or electronically through email and the website