The transit study and alternatives analysis advances the corridor vision by identifying and analyzing transit options along the Federal Boulevard corridor within the City and County of Denver. Denver Moves: Federal Transit Study evaluated different transit options including bus rapid transit and light rail and analyzed 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. The transit study builds 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 worked 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.
The project analyzes capital improvements within the boundaries of the City and looks into operational improvements for neighboring jurisdictions.
Locally Preferred Alternative:
The alternatives analysis found that side-running bus rapid transit for the southern section of the corridor below 20th Ave, and enhanced transit for the northern section of the corridor was the highest scoring transit option for Federal Blvd.
This service would include features such as:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
State of the Corridor Memo(PDF, 5MB)
The Final Report goes into detail on the project process, public engagement, screening results and provides recommendations.
Final Report(PDF, 6MB)
For the full report including the appendices, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy.
The city will be aligning funding opportunities to move Federal Blvd BRT into its next step of implementation.