As the metro area becomes more congested, RTD has partnered with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) to conduct the Regional Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study. The study will explore opportunities to implement bus rapid transit service throughout the region to address growing travel demand and support current and future RTD FasTracks projects. The study will identify and prioritize BRT projects based on analysis of ridership demands, transit operational needs, corridor feasibility, cost and benefit considerations.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) service is high-frequency bus service that emulates rail transit, and provides fast and reliable service on a dedicated route. For the purpose of the study, BRT service will be consistent with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) definition to ensure eligibility for future grant opportunities. Common characteristics include:
- Fixed guideway: Transit service where the majority of the route’s length operates in a separate transit-only lane or fixed guideway during peak service periods.
- Defined stations: Stations that are accessible for persons with disabilities, offer shelter from weather and provide information on schedules and routes.
- Fast travel times: The route must provide faster travel times through congested intersections by using active signal priority for transit vehicles or queue-jump lanes to move transit vehicles ahead of queuing traffic.
- Branding: The route has a consistent brand that identifies the stations and transit vehicles.