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Broadway/Lincoln Transit Improvements Study

Building on the feedback received during the Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study, Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) coordinated with Regional Transportation District (RTD) to implement transit improvements along the Broadway and Lincoln corridors to support more reliable transit service as we continue to make Broadway and Lincoln a better place for all.

 

Study Areas

In Phase 1, transit improvements were implemented along several sections of Broadway between 17th Avenue and the I-25 Broadway Station, and along Lincoln between 5th and Colfax Avenues. The study began in 2017.

South Lincoln Street from I-25 to 7th Avenue was identified as Phase 2 for transit improvements, expected to be implemented as early as 2020. Based on community feedback, Vision Zero safety improvements along Lincoln Street will also be included with Phase 2.


Phase 2 Transit Improvements (2019-2020)

Following the success of Phase 1 transit improvements, which brought an increase in transit ridership and operations and a decrease in bus lane violations, the City is moving forward to extend transit-only lane hours on South Lincoln Street. These changes will help to alleviate afternoon/evening bus delays from the I-25 & Broadway Station to 7th Avenue, and help to meet multimodal goals. The current project timeline anticipates implementation in Fall 2020.

Project Outreach

The project team worked through the winter to analyze and incorporate community feedback into project designs. One major theme in the feedback was safety concerns. This prompted the project team to include additional safety improvements identified by the Vision Zero team in the project scope.

Please join us at our upcoming virtual public meeting to learn more about the project and see how your comments are addressed in the updated designs.

  • Virtual Public Meeting
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Link to join the virtual meeting: bit.ly/LincolnTSE

Thanks to everyone who attended the October 2019 Community Meetings and took the latest survey of design options.  The feedback received has been analyzed and a summary can be found below:

 

red pavement markings and bus in transit and turning lane

Photo Courtesy: NACTO

The Denver Moves: Broadway/Lincoln Study (2016) developed a multimodal vision for both Broadway and Lincoln from I-25 to Downtown. That vision includes a 2-way cycletrack on Broadway, transit speed and reliability improvements on both Broadway and Lincoln, and pedestrian improvements throughout the corridor. In 2017, the City implemented phase 1 of transit speed and reliability improvements including red paint, stop balancing, and 24-hr transit only lanes along Broadway (Exposition to 17th Ave) and Lincoln (7th Ave to 13th Ave).

Phase 2 improvements focus on transit speed and reliability and does not include major redesign or implementation; it is envisioned as a low-cost, high-impact effort to improve transit ridership and reliability. 

Bus reliability is hindered by increasing vehicle volumes throughout the day, mixed traffic in the transit lane (right-hand turns, driveway and parking access), and non-transit vehicle violations within the transit-only lane. By implementing a transit-only lane within the project area, transit delay is reduced, and reliability and safety are expected to improve.

Afternoon and evening buses currently spend approximately 35% of their trip between I-25 and Broadway Station and 7th Avenue stopped in traffic. By providing buses with their own dedicated lane, this delay shrinks, and allows for more reliable transit for the entire Broadway-Lincoln corridor, as many buses quickly turn around at Union Station/Civic Center Station and make a return trip to I-25 and Broadway.

Similar improvements on Broadway in 2017 resulted in faster travel times and a ridership increase.

When roadway space is reallocated from travel lanes to parking or transit lanes, pedestrians will cross fewer lanes of active vehicle traffic, which decreases the amount of time they are vulnerable to conflicts with cars. As the team analyzes community input to understand community preferences, we will also consult the City’s Vision Zero team.

No RTD stops or services will be removed or consolidated as part of the City’s effort.

Yes, vehicles are only permitted to enter the transit lane to make right turns to access adjacent streets, parking, and driveways. Only buses will be permitted to use the transit lane to travel through intersections.

The current transit-only lanes on Broadway and Lincoln north of 7th Avenue are 24-hour lanes and do not permit through vehicle movement, only right turns as previously mentioned. The transit-only lanes on Lincoln south of 7th Avenue are restricted to specific hours. During those hours, through vehicle movement is not allowed; outside of those hours the lane acts as an additional travel lane for all vehicles, including buses. 

Because none of the existing draft design options change the current road condition during peak travel hours, no additional traffic or cut through in nearby neighborhoods is anticipated as a result of this project.

The city's Curbside & Parking team is committed to modifying the existing parking management strategies in the area (such as time limits and other tools), and depending on the selected alternative, potential solutions could include expanding the Lincoln Parking Permit Area to include portions of Grant and the avenues between Grant and Sherman.

As part of the Denver Moves Broadway multimodal improvements, several Passenger Loading zones will be introduced along Broadway, which should reduce demand for on-street parking in neighborhoods. Additionally, modifications will soon be made in Baker that will allow block faces to be used more efficiently. These block faces could absorb some of the evening parking demand currently accommodated by Lincoln.

Several options presented for Lincoln Street will maintain or expand the number of parking spaces outside of peak and midday hours. Utilization studies indicate that parking along Lincoln is most heavily utilized in the evening hours and overnight. Parking during this timeframe will not be impacted in 3 of the 4 current draft design options.

The team has noted concerns about deliveries, Lyft/Uber access, and ADA-accessible parking. As this process moves forward the City can analyze the provision of loading zones, short term parking, and on-street ADA parking spaces on Lincoln Street and/or side streets.

As part of the multimodal vision formed in the Denver Moves: Broadway/Lincoln Study (2016), a 2-way cycletrack was proposed on Broadway. This concept was tested and is now in the process of being permanently installed. There are currently no plans for installing bike lanes on Lincoln Ave. 

To further define the transit-only lane and to monitor compliance (non-transit vehicle lane violations), the team studied the effectiveness of the red pavement markings.

The project team also observed changes in transit service performance before and after the transit improvements were implemented.

 

Phase 1 Improvements (Fall 2017)

  • Existing transit lanes transitioned from peak-only hours to 24-hour transit-only lanes on Broadway from 17th Avenue to Exposition Avenue, and on Lincoln from 6th Avenue to 14th Avenue
  • Broadway transit-only lane extended north from Colfax to 17th Avenue
  • Red pavement markings and signage to help better define the dedicated travel space for transit
  • Bus stop location and RTD service changes (effective August 27, 2017)

Update: Summer 2018

The project team has gathered and evaluated data to see how the improvements changed transit service and ridership at the mid-point of the year-long study. 

Denver's Mobility Vision

This project is one of many enhancements to the multimodal Broadway/Lincoln corridor and supports Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan and Denver’s transit vision (Denver Moves: Transit) in moving more people, more efficiently, more safely, on Denver’s streets.

 
Contact

To email the project team, or join the mailing list please send an email to Transit@DenverGov.org