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RTD Free MetroRide Bus Feasibility Study

We are currently working to finalize a new street design that will add 1.5 miles of Protected Bike Lanes and almost 2 miles of Transit Only Lanes along 18th, 19th, and Lincoln Streets.  This project will improve the efficiency of RTD services resulting in faster service with less delays and will support the goals of Vision Zero; to have zero deaths or serious injuries by 2030 regardless of the mode of transportation.  Design for this project is expected to be finalized in the Summer of 2020 and construction is expected to begin in the Spring 2022.

Project Area Map

The graphic shows the project area for the RTD Free MetroRide Bus Feasibility Study.  The project area includes Lincoln Street from 18th Ave, south to Colfax Ave and 18th Street and 19th Street from Broadway to Wynkook Street. 

Conceptual Designs

Below are graphics that represent the conceptual future design for each street included in this project. 

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Existing and Future 18th Street Cross Sections

The graphic shows the existing cross section of 18th Street facing northwest towards Union Station.  From left to right the cross section shows an existing sidewalk, parking lane, three through lanes for vehicles, a bike lane, a parking lane, and then a sidewalk.  All motor vehicle lanes, and the bike lane, are marked by stripping and are not separated by a physical barrier.

The graphic shows a future cross section of 18th Street facing northwest towards Union Station.  From left to right the cross section shows the existing sidewalk, a parking lane, two through lanes for vehicles, a transit only lane, an elevated bus stop island, a bike lane, and the existing sidewalk.  The through lanes and transit only lanes are noted by stripping, however the bus stop island is elevated and provides a physical separation for the bike lane. 

Existing and Future 19th Street Cross Sections

The graphic shows a future cross section of 19th Street facing Southeast towards Civic Center Park.  From left to right the cross section shows an existing sidewalk, bike lane, raised buffer, parking lane, the through lanes for vehicles, a transit only lane, a bulb-out for the bus stop, and existing sidewalk.  The buffer is elevated and provides a physical separation between the bike lane and parking lane, the bulb-out for the bus stop is also elevated and level with the existing sidewalk.    

Existing and Future Lincoln Street Cross Sections

The graphic shows the existing cross section of Lincoln Street facing North towards the Five Points neighborhood.  From left to right the cross section shows an existing sidewalk, parking lane, four through lanes for vehicles, a parking lane, and an existing sidewalk.

The graphic shows a future cross section of Lincoln Street facing North towards the Five Points neighborhood.  From left to right the cross sections shows an existing sidewalk, parking lane, three through lanes for vehicles, a transit only lane, and the existing sidewalk.  

 
Project Status: Design

Design for this project is expected to be finalized in the Summer of 2020 and construction is expected to begin in the Spring 2022.

Benefits For Each Travel Mode

Transit

  • Faster travel time for the Free MetroRide Bus
  • Reduced delay
  • Increased reliability

Pedestrians

  • Vision Zero design concepts
  • Updated striping at crosswalks
  • Street design that prioritizes safety

Bicycles & Scooters

  • High comfort bike lane with greater separation from traffic
  • Safer interactions with turning vehicles

Vehicles

  • Increased predictability
  • Safer interactions with bikes when making turns
Contact the Project Team

Andrew Bastasch, DOTI Engineer
Andrew.Bastasch@denvergov.org
720-913-1678