Civic Center Station Revitalization

Civic Center Station has served as one of RTD’s regional bus transit centers and been a part of the downtown landscape for decades. And now, it’s time for this downtown transit hub to get a much-needed facelift.

There are two projects in the works that will transform Civic Center Station for the future:

Civic Center Station Rehabilitation Project

Civic Center Station is in need of renovations after serving as a major transit hub for more than three decades. Learn about the grand plans to revitalize the station to better serve riders for years to come.

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Civic Center Transit District Plan

The Civic Center Transit District Plan will establish a vision for transit operations, multi-modal mobility and connectivity, public space and economic development opportunities within the transit district area.

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Civic Center Station Rehabilitation Project

Effective July 3, 2016, Civic Center Station has closed for approximately 12 - 18 months for repairs and reconstruction.

About the Project

Civic Center Station serves as one of RTD’s busiest regional bus transit centers with eighteen routes serving an average of 15,000 passengers a day. It provides a turnaround point for the 16th Street Free MallRide and is also the location of the Civic Center Plaza. A part of the downtown landscape for more than three decades, it's time for this important transit hub to get a much-needed facelift.

The new state-of-the-art design proposes a complete renovation of the site including:

  • Building structure that is easier to maintain and repair long-term
  • Open and welcoming environment design
  • Land parcel preserved for future development opportunities
  • Nine bus bays
  • Glass-enclosed terminal building
  • Bus concourse rebuild
  • Bus ramp extension connecting Broadway to Lincoln
  • Open view from 16th Street Mall to the State Capitol

Civic Center Station Closure

Effective July 3, 2016, Civic Center Station has closed for construction for approximately 12 - 18 months. Plans to revitalize the station into a multi-modal transit center will provide better connections and enhance the quality of service we provide our passengers.

Rerouted Bus Service

During the closure, bus routes from Civic Center Station will be assigned temporary bus gates along Broadway and Lincoln Street as well as bus stops on Colfax.

The following routes will be affected:
0L, 3L, 16, 16L, 83D, 83L, 87L, 90L, 100L, 116X, 122X, CV/CS/CX, EV/ES/EX, FF4, P, and R/RC/RX

Passengers using routes 90L, 122X, FF4 and R/RC/RX will board buses on Lincoln Street between 17th and Colfax.

Passengers using routes 0L, 3L, 83D, 83L, 87L, 100L, 116X, P, CV/CS/CX and EV/ES/EX will board buses on Broadway between 14th and Colfax.

The Broadway Blvd and Colfax Ave northwest corner bus stop is being used for the Free MallRide only. Passengers needing to board routes 0, 9, 10, or 52, please use stops located at Broadway & Cleveland Pl. or Broadway & 14th Ave.

New Rerouted Stops

Route New Boarding Location
0L Gate D on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
3L Gate D on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
16 on Colfax between Lincoln and Broadway
16L on Colfax between Lincoln and Broadway
83D Gate D on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
83L Gate D on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
87L Gate E on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
90L Gate A on Lincoln between 17th and Colfax
100L Gate E on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
116X Gate E on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
122X Gate B on Lincoln between 17th and Colfax
CV/CS/CX Gate E on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
ES/EV/EX Gate E on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
FF4 Gate B on Lincoln between 17th and Colfax
Free MallRide Shuttles will detour from 16th Street Mall with final stop at Broadway and Colfax and will resume travel on 16th Street Mall via Cleveland
FreeMetroRide Passengers board at existing stop at 16th and Broadway
P Gate D on Broadway between 14th and Colfax
R/RC/RX Gate C on Lincoln between 17th and Colfax

Sales Outlet & Lost and Found

The Sales Outlet and Lost and Found have been relocated to a temporary sales outlet at the corner of Lincoln St. and E. 16th Avenue.

Construction Safety

We would like to remind you that with any construction site, it is important to take all necessary precautions to remain safe. Please follow our safety tips to ensure your safety:

  • Stay out of fenced areas.
  • Always pay attention to warning and safety signage.
  • Never go near construction areas after dark. Holes and sharp objects can be obscured.
  • Stay away from utilities and exposed wires.
  • Never play on or around construction equipment.
  • Drive slowly and be patient around construction areas.
  • Always read construction updates as they contain important safety and traffic information.

Civic Center Transit District Plan

Developing a revitalized urban transit hub

About the plan

RTD and the City and County of Denver, in partnership with the Downtown Denver Partnership and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District sponsored the Civic Center Transit District Plan (CCTDP) to establish a long-term vision and identify near-term implementation options for the future of the station area as a revitalized urban transit hub and new downtown anchor.

The CCTDP is RTD’s latest in a series of investments in the urban fabric of downtown Denver. With the transformation of Union Station now complete, focus is shifting to the other end of the 16th Street Mall.

The CCTDP will establish a long-term vision for the new transit district that includes transit operations, multi-modal mobility and connectivity, public realm planning and economic development opportunities within the transit district area.

The effort also involves analysis of short, medium and long-term implementation strategies for a 20,000 square-foot developable parcel along the north side of Colfax Avenue between Broadway and Lincoln Streets

The Civic Center Transit District is a model of how multiple transit services can organize within a very active, yet constrained urban area while maintaining high-quality connectivity for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles. Streetscape and wayfinding elements will create a unique district identity and economic development opportunities within the transit district will be examined to build upon synergies between transportation and development.

Civic Center Transit District Final Master Plan

While the Civic Center Transit District Plan is being implemented, RTD is actively pursuing critical repairs to improve the facility’s aging infrastructure as part of a separate Civic Center Station rehabilitation project.

Model of future Civic Center Station. Renderings courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

CCTDP Goals

Mobility

Reimagine Civic Center Station as the complement to DUS and the major mobility hub for the southeast sector of Downtown Denver.

Economic Development

Optimize economic development potential by creating strategies to catalyze redevelopment of underutilized properties.

Connectivity

Endorse planned, complete networks for transit, pedestrian and bicyclists to connect the district internally and externally to its neighbors.

Placemaking

Create a CCTD Public Realm Plan with a distinct sense of place that anchors 16th Street Mall, creates a unique district identity, and fosters more inviting pedestrian and bicycle connections to its surroundings.