US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Final Flatiron Flyer

Rendering of US 36 Bus Rapid Transit brand identity.

Northwest Rail PhasingThe US 36 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)  included 18 miles of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)  service between Downtown Denver and Boulder. US 36 BRT is a joint partnership between the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The RTD FasTracks program includes two phases of BRT implementation:

Phase 1:

$23.5 million for improvements such as adding bus slip ramps and access improvements to RTD Park-n-Rides at US 36 & McCaslin Boulevard, US 36 & Church Ranch Boulevard, US 36 & Broomfield and US 36 & Table Mesa.

Phase 2:

$219 million representing a proportionate share of the transit component of US 36 highway improvements.  The US 36 EIS calls for adding BRT elements such as shared used in the US 36 HOV/HOT lanes to serve as the fixed guideway, unique vehicles, high frequency service, pre-paid fare collection via kiosks, Variable Message Signs (VMS) to inform riders when the next bus is arriving that is real-time, improved station design, and creating a BRT service identity. BRT will be available in conjunction with the US 36 Express Lanes Project in 2016.

The US 36 Bus Rapid Transit system is an important part of the FasTracks program, and we plan to ensure that it is among the most successful BRT system of its kind in the country.
RTD General Manager, Phil Washington

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