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 to commemorate the history and celebrate the new station on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

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

Civic Center Station Rehabilitation Project

Civic Center Station was 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

Starting Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Civic Center Station will be open for business

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 - an integral part of the downtown landscape for more than three decades. After 16 months of construction, the new Civic Center Station is ready for business.

The new state-of-the-art design features:

  • A building structure that is easier to maintain and repair long-term
  • An 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 Opens

Effective December 17, 2017, the new Civic Center Station will open. The station has been renovated into a multi-modal transit center that will provide better connections and enhance the quality of service we provide our passengers.

Bus Service

Bus routes have been assigned gates at the new Civic Center Station.

Starting on Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 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 will no longer board buses at the temporary gates on Broadway, Colfax and Lincoln.

New Rerouted Stops

Route New Boarding Location
0L Gate 6
3L Gate 5
16 Gate 4
16L Gate 4
83D Gate 5
83L Gate 5
87L Gate 1
90L Gate 8
100L Gate 6
116X Gate 1
122X Gate 9
CV/CS/CX Gate 2
ES/EV/EX Gate 2
FF4 Gate 8
Free MallRide Loop turn-around
FreeMetroRide Gate 7
P Gate 3
R/RC/RX Gate 4

Sales Outlet & Lost and Found

The Sales Outlet and Lost and Found will be located inside Civic Center Station.

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.