US 36 Bus Rapid Transit

Facts & figures

US 36 Bus Rapid Transit at a glance

  • U.S. 36 bus rapid transit (BRT) is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metro region.
  • The line encompasses 18 miles of express and high-frequency bus service between downtown Denver and Boulder, passing through Westminster, Broomfield, Superior and Louisville.
  • The line's six stations include U.S. 36 & Sheridan (formerly U.S. 36 & Westminster Center); U.S. 36 & Church Ranch; U.S. 36 & Broomfield; U.S. 36 & Flatiron; U.S. 36 & McCaslin; and U.S. 36 & Table Mesa.
  • BRT elements will improve travel time, reliability and customer experience. These elements include express lane extensions, queue jumps at highway ramps, enhanced shelters with canopies, ticket vending machines, and programmable information displays with real-time bus information.
  • Named the “Flatiron Flyer,” the BRT line will offer riders their choice of limited-stop and all-station service.

Project Overview

  • 2001: BRT project began as part of the U.S. 36 Major Investment Study on BRT and commuter rail technologies.
  • 2006-2010: The project's first phase was the first element of the FasTracks program to be completed and included new bus pullouts and a pedestrian bridge at U.S. 36 & McCaslin; a new Park-n-Ride and bus pullouts at U.S. 36 & Church Ranch; and a new Park-n-Ride, bus pullouts and pedestrian bridge at U.S. 36 & Broomfield.
  • 2013-2015: The Colorado Department of Transportation, in partnership with RTD, is building the express lanes project. Extension of the express lanes between Federal Boulevard to Table Mesa Drive is underway. The project also includes bus bypass lanes at Sheridan, Church Ranch, McCaslin and Flatiron; transit signal priority at intersections; and BRT vehicles. The first milestone for this phase of the project was the opening of the pedestrian bridge and bus pullouts at Table Mesa in 2013.
  • 2016: RTD’s BRT service will open to the public.

US 36 BRT Fast Facts

  • Length: 18 miles
  • Vehicle: Bus rapid transit
  • Stations: 6
  • Parking: 1,278 new spaces
  • Service Frequency: 4-15 min (peak) / 15 min (off-peak)

US 36 Bus Rapid Transit map

map of US 36 BRT between Boulder and Downtown Denver

Updated January 2015