RTD – preliminary study for bus rapid transit (BRT) on State Highway 119

RTD – preliminary study for bus rapid transit (BRT) on State Highway 119

RTD begins preliminary engineering study for bus rapid transit service on State Highway 119 between Boulder and Longmont 

DENVER (October 5, 2017) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has initiated a comprehensive study in collaboration with northwest area elected officials, jurisdiction staffs, business leaders and public agencies to evaluate the viability of bus rapid transit (BRT) service along State Highway 119 between Boulder and Longmont.

The State Highway 119 BRT study resulted from recommendations by the Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS), which was initiated by RTD in 2013. The NAMS was a response to the significant cost increases and delays associated with building and operating commuter rail in the 41-mile northwest corridor. It developed consensus among northwest area stakeholders, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and RTD for implementing cost-effective mobility improvements. One of the study’s highest interim priorities was to establish BRT in the State Highway 119 corridor as the preferred alternative for BRT.

Parsons will lead a team of 10 consulting companies to address the growing congestion and travel demand in the corridor, environmental impacts, multimodal access, transit reliability and corridor transit travel time, among other criteria.

“The ultimate goal is to get State Highway 119 ready for BRT service. The highway is a critical link and the primary travel corridor between Boulder and Longmont, with connections to Niwot, Gunbarrel and rural eastern Boulder County,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “Traffic congestion in the corridor is tied to increased development, which is expected to continue into the future.” 

RTD opened its first BRT service, the Flatiron Flyer, in 2016 on U.S. 36 between Boulder and Denver. The bus rapid transit service provides convenient and frequent travel options.

Participating in the BRT study are the cities of Boulder and Longmont; Boulder County; Boulder and Longmont chambers of commerce; Niwot Business Association; Commuting Solutions; North Area Transportation Alliance; CDOT, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Federal Transit Administration, BNSF and the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Joining Parsons on the consultant team are Apex Design; ArLand Land Use Economics; Connetics Transportation Group; Economic & Planning Systems; Fehr & Peers; Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig; H.C. Peck & Associates; Harris Kocher Smith; Pinyon Environmental; and Virtegic Group.

The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. The agency’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide 100 million annual passenger trips. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com, call 303-299-6000 and follow along on social media: www.facebook.com/RideRTD@RideRTD on Twitter, @ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube.