Denver looks to add Rapid Transit on Colfax Ave.

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 00:55:37-05

An ambitious project would create a Rapid Transit bus line on Colfax Avenue with the goal of connecting downtown Denver to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

The price tag? Estimated to be anywhere from $125 million to $135 million.

"This system that’s planned right now will actually accommodate the projected growth of this corridor," said Nate Currey with Denver's Regional Transportation District.

Denver's Department of Public Works held a series of public meetings this week. During the meetings, DPW officials said designated bus lanes would be used during peak times, similar to the bus lanes on Broadway.

"We’re trying to get people moving to and from their destination faster, so the bus rapid transit is shown to move 50,000 riders where as the buses right now on Colfax are moving about 20,000 riders," said Heather Burke, spokesperson for DPW.

Neighborhood associations bordering Colfax are still trying to determine what the change could mean for residents. Congress Park Neighbors sent out an email asking for feedback on the proposal.

"The community it a little bit concerned about how that's going to put traffic onto 17th, 18th, 13th, 14th," said Ean Tafoya, who lives just six blocks away from Colfax.

According to DPW the project is still in the early design phases and they are asking for input. More information about the Colfax Corridor Connections project is available on the city's website.


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