US 36 First & Final Mile Study

Study Overview

Rendering of US 36 Bikeway Signage
Rendering of US 36 Bikeway Signage

The “First and Final Mile” issue is characterized by difficult multi-modal access between transit stations and surrounding destinations such as residences, employment and shopping. In addition to travel safety concerns, walk distances are considered too distant and transfers to other transit routes often add unreasonable travel time.

This study identified suitable options to better connect RTD riders to/from the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations and the surrounding activity centers utilizing such transportation demand management tactics as electric bikes, shuttle circulators, station cars, scooters or golf carts, as well as bicycles. The study’s priority was to increase the convenience of public transit and reduce Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) travel.

The Top Ten corridor recommendations derived from the study include:

  • Employer provided bikeshare.
    Employer provided bikeshare.

    FFM Bike-n-Ride shelters. A bike shelter recently opened at Boulder Transit Center. Watch the video to learn more about it

  • FFM branded way finding & signage
  • FFM EcoPass surrounding each US 36 stations
  • Private carshare provider/taxi service
  • FFM B-cycle cards (valid in Denver and Boulder)
  • FFM mobile app with all modes
  • Transit-supportive land use policies
  • US 36 bus tracker (real time)
  • Bikeshare (Boulder B-cycle, bike library)
  • Secure scooter parking

Study Area
The study included the six RTD BRT stations along the US 36 corridor – Table Mesa station in Boulder; McCaslin station in Superior/Louisville; East Flatiron Circle station in Broomfield; Broomfield station in Broomfield; Church Ranch station in Westminster; Sheridan station in Westminster.

Study Stakeholders
RTD, CDOT, City of Boulder, City of Louisville, Town of Superior, Boulder County, City & County of Broomfield and the City of Westminster.

Read more about the US 36 First and Final Mile Study published in 2013.

Sustainable Communities Initiative (SIC)

DRCOGSCI_Logo SCIThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded $4.5 million to support planning and implementation activities throughout the Denver metro and Northwest region. The SCI grant provides funds to work with multiple stakeholders in the Nothwest corridor to build on local planning initiatives and identify shared challenges and opportunities and potential strategies to address them.

The Northwest corridor includes the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit line from Denver to Boulder and the Northwest Rail Line from Denver to Westminster. The SCI will take a comprehensive approach to:

  • Develop a Northwest corridor vision. Read more in the SCI Northwest corridor blueprint.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities related to implementation
  • Develop recommendations for transit-oriented development (TOD) implementation strategies

The grant provided technical assistance funding to further four corridor recommendations from the US 36 First and Final Mile Study:

  • Secure bike parking
  • Branded way finding
  • Connections to the Flatiron Flyer stations
  • Bikeshare at areas along US 36