Proposed Service Changes - August 2017

Effective August 27, 2017

Changes impacting your service

At RTD, we're committed to building and operating the most productive, efficient transit system for the communities we serve. Every day, activities occur within our community that can affect our transit system – traffic patterns, economic factors, ridership and customer feedback. We respond by making changes to our bus and rail system three times a year. These changes help to improve our service by maximizing the efficiency of existing resources, reducing duplication of service, and making better connections with bus, rail, and specialty services. These services changes will take effect on August 27, 2017.

Proposed service changes

Routes affected

Proposed Changes for Local/Limited Bus Routes

  • route 3

    It is proposed to reschedule eastbound evening rush-hour trips to 4:59 p.m., 5:29 p.m., 5:59 p.m. and 6:29 p.m. from the Alameda Station to the Aurora Metro Center, which would provide consistent 30-minute frequency.

  • route 3L

    It is proposed to remove the westbound bus stop at Alameda Avenue and Xenia Street, and add eastbound and westbound stops at 8500 East Alameda Avenue. It is also proposed to replace the exception bus stops at Alameda Avenue/Leetsdale Avenue and Alameda Avenue/Forest Street with one exception bus stop at Alameda Avenue/Dahlia Street.

  • route 11

    It is proposed that the weekday westbound trip at 7:48 p.m. serving Mosier Place and Raritan Street would no longer serve the Mosier and Raritan loop. Alternate service would be provided on Route 14 at 7:31 p.m.

  • route 14

    It is proposed to add two weekday westbound trips at 6:54 p.m. and 7:24 p.m. from the I-25 & Broadway Station, and add a weekday eastbound trip at 6:07 p.m. from Lakewood Commons. It is proposed to add a Saturday eastbound trip at 5:37 a.m. from Lakewood Commons, and add a westbound trip at 7:22 p.m. from the I-25 & Broadway Station. It is also proposed to add a Sunday eastbound trip 8:05 a.m. from Lakewood Commons, and a westbound trip at 9:00 a.m. from the I-25 & Broadway Station.

  • route 34

    It is proposed to reschedule rush-hour service to operate on a consistent 30-minute frequency to make connections with the proposed new L Line alignment.

  • route 35

    It is proposed to add an eastbound trip at 2:52 p.m. to start 30-minute rush-hour frequency one hour earlier, to provide better service for students at Thomas Jefferson High School. It is also to discontinue the eastbound trip at 8:52 a.m.from the Englewood Station.

  • route 40

    It is proposed to consolidate bus stops along Route 40 to improve on-time performance. The proposal would eliminate the following bus stop locations, due to low usage:

    • 4400 East 48th Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and 38th Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and 16th Avenue, southbound only
    • Colorado Boulevard and 14th Avenue northbound stop would be moved to 13th Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and 4th Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and Alameda Avenue, nearside in both directions
    • Colorado Boulevard and Dakota Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and Dickinson Avenue, southbound Colorado Boulevard and Harvard Ave northbound
    • Colorado Boulevard and Cornell Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and Eastman Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard and Girard Avenue
    • Hampden Avenue and Elm Street
    • Hampden Avenue and Ivy Way, westbound only
    • Hampden Avenue and Locust Street, eastbound only

  • route 46

    It is proposed to discontinue the weekday trip at 5:46 a.m. northbound from Ulster Street and Tufts Avenue, and the trips at 5:10 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. southbound from 1St Avenue and Milwaukee Street, due to low ridership. It is also proposed to discontinue weekday trips at 8:01 p.m. and 8:31 p.m. from Clermont Street and Yale Avenue, and southbound trips at 7:34 p.m. and 8:04 p.m. from 1st Avenue and Milwaukee Street.

  • route 83D

    It is proposed to add eastbound trips at 10:17 a.m. and 12:17 p.m. from Civic Center Station, and westbound trips at 11:09 a.m. and 1:09 p.m. The proposed changes would extend 15-minute frequency during midday service along Leetsdale Drive and Speer Boulevard through Cherry Creek.

  • route 87L

    Proposed minor schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route 105

    It is proposed to reduce weekday frequency south of the Southmoor Station to Ulster Street and Tufts Avenue from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

    It is proposed to consolidate bus stops along Route 105 to improve on-time performance. The proposal would eliminate the following bus stop locations, due to low usage:

    • Central Park Boulevard and 35th Avenue
    • Central Park Boulevard and Verbena Street-Wabash Street
    • Central Park Boulevard and Akron Street
    • Havana Street and 10th Avenue
    • Hampden Avenue and Ulster Street
  • route 205/205T

    Proposed weekday schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route 206/206F

    It is proposed to discontinue weekday midday service south of 55th Street and Arapahoe Avenue due to low ridership. Proposed schedule adjustments would also be made.

  • route 209/209G

    It is proposed to discontinue service south of Baseline Road and Mohawk Drive, and discontinue service in the Golden West loop, due to low ridership.

  • route 236new

    It is proposed to create a new weekday local route between the Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station and US 36 & Table Mesa Station to provide midday service with 30-minute frequency. This proposed service would provide connections to and from the University of Colorado Main and east campuses to the existing transit centers.

  • route 483

    Proposed schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route Free MetroRide

    Proposed minor schedule adjustments would be made.

Proposed Changes for Regional Routes

  • route L/LX/LNX/LSX

    It is proposed to rename the Longmont/Denver routes with two letters and numbering designations, to provide clear distinction between the proposed light rail L Line service. The proposed new route names would be as follows:

    • L= LD 1
    • LX= LD 2
    • LNX= LX 1
    • LSX= LX 2

    The proposed renaming of these routes would be consistent with current naming conventions of Regional and BRT services.

Proposed Changes for Seasonal Routes

  • route 204

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route 206

    It is proposed to discontinue weekday midday service south of 55th Street and Arapahoe Avenue due to low ridership. Proposed schedule adjustments would also be made.

  • route 208

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route 225

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route BOUND

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route DASH

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route JUMP

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route N

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route SKIP

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made. Proposed schedule adjustments would be made to improve on-time performance and passenger capacity issues at the University of Colorado campus

  • route STAMPEDE

    Proposed seasonal schedule adjustments would be made.

Proposed Changes for Rail Service

  • route University of Colorado A Line

    Proposed schedule adjustments would be made.

  • route C Line

    It is proposed to increase weekday frequency from every 30 minutes to 15-minute frequency, and extend evening service to run similar to the E Line. It is also proposed to operate service on weekends and holidays instead of the D Line, frequencies and hours of service on the C Line would be similar to the existing D Line.

    This proposal is contingent on completion of train and traffic signal construction along the 14th Street loop.

  • route D Line

    It is proposed to reduce weekday rush-hour service frequency from an approximately every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes. The lower weekday frequency during the rush hours would be replaced by the increase in C Line and new L Line service, and provide four car trains during the rush hours. It is proposed to reduce weekday midday service from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes and to make up for the reduced service additional trips would be provided on the C Line and L Line. These proposed changes will provide improved evening and weekend service to the Union Station area, including airport connections.

    This proposal is contingent on completion of train and traffic signal construction along the 14th Street loop.

  • route E Line

    It is proposed to increase weekday frequency to every 15 minutes between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The F Line would continue to provide 30-minute frequency with minor schedule adjustments. These proposed changes would provide better connections to the new commuter rail and bus services at Union Station. The proposed changes would also help with special events.

  • route L Line

    It is proposed to separate the operation of the D Line into two lines, the D and L lines. The D Line would operate on its current route between the Littleton/Mineral Station and downtown, with all trains turning at 19th Street. The Welton Street segment would operate as the L Line, as proposed in the Central Rail Extension Mobility Study. The L Line would operate between downtown and the 30th &Downing Station, with all trains turning at 14th Street. The proposed changes would provide better service on the two different segments, including reliability of service along Welton Street, especially in the northbound direction.

    This proposal is contingent on completion of train and traffic signal construction along the 14th Street loop.

  • route R

    Proposed schedule adjustments would be made.

Proposed Changes for Call-n-Ride Routes

  • route LONGMONT

    It is proposed to increase weekday service by providing an additional vehicle between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and to provide bus service during the rush hours all year instead of just the school year.

  • route ORCHARD

    It is proposed to adjust the service boundary to provide more efficient operation of service. The proposed adjustments would move the northern boundary from Progress Place to Belleview Avenue, and move the southern boundary to serve the north side of Arapahoe Road only. The proposed adjustments would also discontinue the area west of Monaco Parkway and east of Holly Street and north of Orchard Street due to low ridership. In addition, Call-n-Ride service would be restricted around Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on event days due to traffic congestion.

Proposed Changes for Bus Stops

  • stop South Broadway/Lincoln Street (Local routes)

    It is proposed to consolidate bus stops along South Broadway and Lincoln Street for routes 0 and 0L to improve travel times, reliability, and on-time performance. This proposal would be in conjunction with the City and County of Denver as part of the NACTO Transit Accelerator Project. Bus stop locations would be spaced every ¼ mile. The City and County of Denver would be converting the bus lane on South Broadway and on Lincoln Street north of Speer Boulevard to a 24-hour operation.

    The proposal would eliminate the following bus stop locations on South Broadway, due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops that would be retained:

    • Broadway at 14th Avenue (after Civic Center Station reopens)
    • 7th Avenue
    • Ellsworth Avenue
    • Cedar Avenue
    • Center Avenue
    • Ohio Avenue

    A proposed new stop would be added at Virginia Avenue.

    The proposal would eliminate the following bus stop locations on Lincoln Street, due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops that would be retained:

    • Walsh Place
    • Center Avenue
    • Cedar Avenue
    • Ellsworth Avenue
  • stop South Broadway/Lincoln Street (Limited routes)

    It is proposed to standardize the Limited bus stops on South Broadway and Lincoln Street between Colfax Avenue and the I-25 & Broadway Station to be common among routes 0L, 3L, 83D, 83L, 87L, and 100L. This proposal would consolidate southbound Limited bus stops along South Broadway at 13th Avenue, 9th Avenue, 1st Avenue, and Alameda Avenue. Northbound Limited bus stops would be consolidated along Lincoln Street at Alameda Avenue, 1st Avenue, 7th Ave, and 13th Ave.

  • stop South Broadway/Lincoln Street (Regional routes)

    It is proposed to standardize the Regional bus stops on South Broadway and Lincoln Street between Colfax Avenue and the I-25 & Broadway Station to be common among routes 116X, CV/CS/CX, EV/ES/EX, and P. This proposal would Consolidate southbound Regional bus stops along Broadway at 13th Avenue and 9th Avenue. Northbound Regional bus stops would be consolidated along Lincoln Street at 7th Avenue and 13th Avenue. In addition, Route P would no longer serve Alameda Avenue.

  • stop Downtown Bus Stops (Local routes)

    It is proposed to remove the southbound bus stop at 17th Avenue and Tremont Place, due to its proximity to the bus stop at South Broadway and Cleveland Place. It is also proposed the Route 0 would no longer stop at 18th Street and California Street, due to its proximity to the bus stop at 18th Street and Stout Street. These proposed changes would affect routes 0, 6, and 52.

Proposed Changes for Special Service

  • route BroncosRide

    It is proposed to discontinue BroncosRide service at East High School. Alternate service would be provided by Route 15L, which operates on Colfax Avenue to the Decatur Federal Station. Route 15L Sunday service operates every 15 minutes up to 6:00 p.m., then operates every 30 minutes.