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Denver considers elimination of parking on Lincoln Street to make room for 24-hour transit lane

Another option would move parking to west side
Posted at 7:15 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 12:06:56-04

DENVER -- The City of Denver is working hard to make transit more reliable. The goal, to get more people out of their cars and onto buses or bicycles.

In an effort to improve bus transit reliability, the city is creating "transit-only" lanes along major streets. The current focus is on a stretch of Lincoln Street between I-25 and 7th Avenue.

One option being considered is the conversion of the current "flex lane," or combination bus/parking lane, to a 24-hour "transit only" lane. That option would also include the elimination of all parking.

A second option is extending the hours that buses use the "flex lane." It would be a 13-hour transit lane with 11 hours of parking on the east side of the street.

A third option is a 24-hour transit lane, and 12 hours of parking on the west side of the street.

The fourth option is a 13-hour transit lane, with 11 hours of parking on the east side and 11 hours of parking on the west side of the street.

"I hated that the status quo was not an option," said homeowner Terry Gulliver, who attended an open house on October 14.

Gulliver, like many residents who live along Lincoln, still drives a car.

"And to say, 'we'll we don't like that,' or 'we're going to stop that overnight,' or hinder it, seems to me to be high handed and irrational," he said.

Commuter Joseph Bobay likes the idea of a 24-hour bus lane.

"Often times buses are way too late and I find myself having to scramble quite a bit," he said.

Roy Martin, a disabled vet, told Denver7 it's a trade-off.

"You might enhance the city in one regard by making bus travel more accessible, more feasible and faster/smoother, whatever," he said, "but it inconveniences other people."

Martin said he won't support the elimination of any parking.

"I have to constantly move my car to keep from getting ticketed," he siad.

The city wants to hear from you.

Residents can weigh in via an online survey.