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Study Scope

The Quality of Life (QoL) 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.

Detailed Reports

The QoL Study is a multi-year monitoring program that began in 2006. RTD publishes detailed reports presenting data collected for all of the QoL measures every three to five years. Three detailed reports have been published with data focused on the key years of 2006, 2010 and 2015.

High Level Reports

High level reports provide the results for a subset of measures. The high level reports are provided annually between the detailed reports and serve to demonstrate the early effects of the Program in the years before and during construction. The latest high level report uses the most recent data available, primarily from 2017 and 2018, to highlight progress made towards completing the FasTracks projects and overall progress toward the goals.

Quality of Life High Level Report

To request copies of previous year reports or to ask any questions regarding the Quality of Life Study, please contact [email protected]

Data Snapshots

Below are some of the key findings from the Quality of Life Study. Please see the full report for more details.

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Travel Time and Variability

In 2018, transit and auto travel times were similar in 5 of the 7 open rapid transit corridors. Transit travel times were less variable than driving along I-25 and I-70.

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Corridor Commute Mode Share

During an average morning commute along the southeast corridor, 20% (6,370 people) take transit on the E, F, or H Line and 80% (26,300 people) drive on I-25 towards Downtown Denver.

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High Frequency Transit

The high frequency transit (HFT) service area grew 62%, from 50 to 81 square miles between 2006 and 2018. Approximately 16% (451,000 residents) of the regional population, and 36% (575,000 employees) of regional employment is served by HFT.

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Park-n-Ride Use

In 2018, Park-n-Rides along the central and southwest corridors were close to full capacity on an average weekday. Key locations with high use include US 36 & McCaslin Stations (107%), Colorado Station (97%), and Littleton/Downtown Station (97%).