US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
The 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:
$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.
$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.
RTD General Manager, Phil Washington