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Broadway/Lincoln Transit Improvements Study

Building on the feedback received during the Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study, Denver Public Works 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 Area

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 and implementation of transit improvements along the southern portion of Lincoln will be evaluated in a future phase of the project.


  • 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)

The one-year study began in Fall 2017. The project team will study the effectiveness of the red pavement markings. Interim and final study results and findings will be posted on the project website.

Study 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. 

A final summary of transit and roadway operations findings and recommendations will be available in late 2018, which will help guide the implementation of transit improvements along this and other corridors in Denver.


red pavement markings and bus in transit and turning lane

Photo Courtesy: NACTO

The current peak-period transit-only lanes along Broadway and Lincoln provide bus service benefits. However, 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 24-hour transit-only lane within the project area, transit delay is reduced, and reliability and safety are expected to improve.

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

The project team will also observe the changes in transit service performance before and after the transit improvements are implemented.

According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), implementation of red pavement treatments reduce vehicle violations in transit-only lanes and improve the reliability of transit. The City of Denver received approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to study the use of red pavement markings for one year to evaluate if red pavement markings help better define the dedicated travel space for transit.

Yes, vehicles are only permitted to enter 24-hour 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.


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.