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The 2017 Federal Boulevard Corridor Study outlined a vision for a well-connected multimodal and high capacity Boulevard that supports and celebrates diverse local business, residents, cultures, natural resources and community. Traveling the corridor will be safe, easy, and comfortable for all modes of transportation.

Denver Moves: Federal - Existing Context Report

This State of the Corridor document provides detailed background on the existing mobility planning context of the Federal Boulevard corridor in the City and County of Denver. The information presented here provides a basis for our ongoing analysis of potential transit improvements along the corridor. 

State of the Corridor Memo (PDF)

map of Federal Corridor in west Denver 


Denver Moves: Federal Transit Study

The transit study and alternatives analysis will advance the corridor vision by identifying and analyzing transit options along the Federal Boulevard corridor within the City and County of Denver. Denver Moves: Federal will identify and evaluate transit options and determine how enhanced transit can better serve the communities that make this corridor such a vibrant and multi-faceted place.

What is an Alternative Analysis? An alternatives analysis is the next step in the process from planning to implementation. It involves evaluating costs, benefits, and impacts of potential transit options. Denver Moves: Federal will build on a combination of past and ongoing mobility, land use, and community plans and studies that include Federal Boulevard within the City and County of Denver. Our team will work with stakeholders to identify, evaluate, and narrow the range of potential options for high capacity transit along the Federal corridor from Floyd Avenue to 52nd Avenue.

What is high capacity transit?

High capacity transit provides more frequent and reliable service that links important activity centers. It may include features, such as level boarding of transit vehicles (no stepping up or down), separated/ dedicated transit lanes, unique branding identifying where the line is going to, and service that runs more often.

Possible options for Federal Blvd: 

  • Improving frequency of current bus service: Less wait time between buses, and more service during nights and weekends.
  • Improving facilities on existing service lines: higher quality stops and stations, or traffic signals that prioritize buses
  • Full bus rapid transit (BRT) service: Sections of roadway space dedicated to high quality and high capacity bus service, with stops and amenities similar to those serving rail
  • Combinations of several options: Including level boarding, real-time schedule information, recognizable transit branding, and intersection improvements.

What's next?

Denver Moves: Federal will recommend one (or more) transit configuration along Federal Boulevard or parallel corridors that serve the area’s transit needs. These recommendations will help develop the next steps for implementation of high capacity transit, including preliminary design, project prioritization, and idenfitying potential funding opportunities.


timeline of project from Fall 2019, through research and alternatives in early 2020, recommendation in summer 2020, and concept design in Fall 2020