ProjectsWe continue to develop a world-class transit system to enhance the passenger experience
At RTD, we are proud to be building the best transit system in the country. Not only have we undertaken the most ambitious transit expansion program in the country with FasTracks, but we continue to invest in other capital projects to enhance the quality of service provided to our passengers each and every day. Take a look at some of the projects we have underway.
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- Facilities and Fleet Transition PlanOn April 25, 2023, the Board adopted a recommended action approving a summary scope of work, and subsequently authorizing the General Manager and CEO to enter into a contract for consulting services for the development of the agency’s holistic low/no emission facilities and fleet transition plan (Facilities and Fleet Transition Plan).
- FasTracksFasTracks is RTD's voter-approved transit expansion program -- the largest in the nation -- that is transforming transportation through the Denver metro region.
- Coping Panels ProjectThis maintenance project is designed to improve infrastructure along the E, H, and R lines, between I-25•Broadway Station in Denver and Lincoln Station in Lone Tree.
- Welcoming Transit EnvironmentThe safety and security of RTD’s customers, employees, and all who use the agency’s services and facilities are of the utmost importance to RTD. In every regard, the public entrusts RTD to deliver them to their final destination in a manner that is safe, comfortable, and dependable.
- Reimagine RTDReimagine RTD was a multi-year effort to evaluate and forecast the changing mobility needs of our region, better position the Regional Transportation District to meet them, and collaborate with agency partners to build a cohesive vision for regional mobility.
- Quiet ZonesQuiet zones are implemented along railroad segments to lessen the noise impact to neighborhoods closest to the tracks. But quiet zones may not always be quiet — many situations exist that require the use of train horns.
- Northwest Rail Peak Service StudyPart of RTD's ongoing commitment to the FasTracks plan includes extending commuter rail service from Denver Union Station to Longmont. This Northwest Rail Peak Service Study advances the efforts toward this goal. The Peak Service Study evaluates how best to provide ‘rush-hour’ service on this route: three morning trips from Longmont to Denver and three evening trips from Denver to Longmont.
- Multi-Agency Ticketing and Trip Planning IntegrationThe AIM program supports projects that can accelerate the development, implementation and adoption of innovative technologies, practices, and service models to improve mobility and enhance the rider experience, with a focus on innovative service delivery models, creative financing, novel partnerships, and integrated payment solutions. RTD was one of only 25 recipients of this funding nationwide.
- Transit Partnership ProjectsRTD's partners have worked hard to implement projects in the region that improve the speed, reliability, and access to transit services. This page summarizes how the projects were implemented, the amount of funding needed, and how the projects have benefited public transit.
- Quality of Life StudyThe Quality of Life (QoL) Study is RTD's data-driven evaluation of progress toward meeting the FasTracks Program goals. The Study focuses on the “quality of life” in the context of those areas most affected by transit improvements and those specifically addressed in the FasTracks Plan: mobility, environment, economic activity, development, and land use.
- Transit Signal Priority Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) is an operational strategy that facilitates the movement of transit vehicles (usually those in-service) through traffic-signal controlled intersections. TSP is considered to be one of the popular transit management strategies that can be used to help transit service become more reliable, faster, and more cost-effective.
- 15L Improvement ProjectThe RTD bus routes 15 and 15L that travel along East Colfax carry more passengers per day than any other bus route in RTD's system and even more than some of our light rail corridors. There are two projects in the works that will transform the future of transit on East Colfax and provide improvements to better serve RTD riders.
- Transit App CollaborationThrough a new collaboration with RTD and Masabi, Denver travelers can now use the Transit app to identify when the next train or bus is arriving and purchase their to ticket to ride all within the app. This opportunity enables our region’s riders to be among the first in the world to plan and pay for trips involving multiple modes.
- Mobility Choice BlueprintThe 2030 Mobility Choice Blueprint is a collaborative strategy to prepare the Mile High region for rapidly changing technologies that are transforming the way we travel. We are helping to define the region’s mobility future through a more connected, mobile, adaptable and user-driven network.
- First Mile Last Mile StrategyFirst and Last Mile (FLM) focuses on improving access to and from transit for a wider breadth of people will ultimately lead to a better catchment for transit ridership. This includes providing better access to transit for multiple transportation modes, rather than focusing on one specific mode, such as car parking, and introducing new incentives and travel options to access
- Bus Stop ConsolidationAs traffic continues to worsen across the Denver metro area, RTD makes changes to our bus and rail system that are necessary in order to provide the most productive and efficient transit system for our passengers and the communities we serve. We have started consolidating bus stops that are underutilized or bus stops that are within close proximity to other
- Regional Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility StudyRTD 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.
- CO 119 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) ProjectThe metro area ranks among the nation’s most livable communities, but also one of the most congested. With the opening of the W and R light rail lines, and the University of Colorado A and B commuter rail lines, RTD’s next priority is to address the transportation needs and ease congestion in the northern communities with bus rapid transit.
- Commuter Rail Maintenance FacilityIn July 2015, RTD opened a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly maintenance facility for the new commuter rail vehicles, which serve the A Line (East Rail Line) and the B Line (Northwest Rail Line). Approximately 240 mechanics, operators and other staff will work out of this innovative, LEED Gold certified building.
- Civic Center Station RevitalizationCivic 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 be revitalized with two projects that will transform Civic Center Station for the future - the Civic Center Rehabilitation Project and the Civic Center Transit District Plan.
- 16th Street Mall ProjectSince its construction nearly 30 years ago, the Mall’s aging infrastructure has reached its design life span and updates and/or maintenance are needed to ensure the Mall’s continued success. Pedestrian and mall vehicle safety and the significant cost of maintenance have led to the consideration of replacing the transit-way (travel lanes) with an alternative surface.