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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.
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.
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.
Tykus R. Holloway, PE, AICP
Denver Public Works
Next public meeting in late summer/early fall of 2013