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Colfax BRT

Denver’s East Colfax Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is engaging with the community as the project progresses the final design.

5:30pm to 7pm
Wednesday, June 07, 2023
Carla Madison Recreation Center
2401 E Colfax Ave, Denver CO 80206

5:30pm to 7pm
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
The Kitchen Network
1785 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80220

5:30pm to 7pm
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

The Colfax Bus Rapid Transit Project

The Colfax Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project will increase capacity, shorten journey times and improve the transit rider experience along East Colfax Avenue in Denver by providing center-running BRT (blue section). The BRT services will use the existing bus lanes in Downtown Denver to serve Union Station (yellow section) and existing mix-traffic lanes in Aurora (orange section). Final design is expected to wrap up this year, with construction taking place from 2024 to 2026. Revenue service is expected to start in January 2027.

So What is Center-running Bus Rapid Transit?

Center-running BRT places the buses in the center of the road, with a dedicated bus lane for each direction. This layout reduces conflicts with drivers making right turns and is thus claimed to be both faster for buses and safer. Due to the need to accommodate left turn lanes at intersections, the station platforms are staggered both sides of the intersection.

Station Designs

Stations will resemble those found on light rail with raised platforms (to provide level boarding), canopies, seating, ticket vending machines and electronic displays. The project has proposed a bold arch design for the stations along Colfax Avenue.

What Will The Buses Be Like?

In partnership with the project, RTD is expected to order New Flyer XD60 diesel powered articulated buses for Colfax Lynx services when they start in 2027. They will have three sets of double doors for quick boarding and will be similar to the Free MetroRide vehicles that ran downtown before the Covid-19 pandemic. Because the height of BRT platforms poses a safety hazard to anyone using the front bike rack, storage for bikes will be provided inside the buses.

Transit Signal Priority

Transit signal priority (TSP) is a smart trick whereby buses can communicate their presence to traffic signals, which then turn green for the bus. Less waiting at red lights speeds up journey times

Our View

Yes, yes, we know it’s not a subway but Greater Denver Transit supports the Colfax BRT project for the following reasons:

– The existing RTD 15 / 15L bus routes along Colfax Ave currently carry approx. 20,000 riders / day or 7m riders / year. If any transit corridor is in need of an upgrade, it’s this one.

– Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will provide extra capacity and reduce journey times along the corridor.

– The BRT service will have its own identity (‘Lynx’), which will encourage ridership growth as dedicated marketing will increase awareness of the service.

– BRT stations will offer a big step up in facilities and journey experience for waiting riders.

– As a result of vehicle travel lanes being converted to BRT lanes, Colfax will effectively be getting a ‘road diet’ with the presence of cars much reduced. This will improve the experience for everyone on the street.

Sample Feedback – Just copy and paste into the online form to send…

For Question 5, we suggest you rank the options in the following order:

1. Option B, 2. Option C, 3. Option A

Question 6:

Please provide station identification at both ends of the platform.

For Question 7, we suggest you rank ‘Expanded urban tree canopy’ first.

If you are struggling to answer Question 8, we suggest you simply write ‘Transit’.

For Question 12, we suggest you write ‘Greater Denver Transit Monthly Meeting’.

Question 13:

For this project to succeed it is essential that the key elements of Bus Rapid Transit, namely dedicated bus lanes, full length station platforms, off-board fare collection and transit signal priority (TSP), are kept in the scope. Please also consider routing some of the BRT services along Colfax Ave west of Broadway to end at Federal Decatur Station to improve cross city connections.