RTD, in collaboration with northwest area elected officials, business leaders, and public agencies, completed a comprehensive study that evaluated the viability of bus rapid transit (BRT) along SH 119 between Boulder and Longmont. The study recommended cost-effective mobility improvements to address the growing congestion and travel demand that includes a 2-pattern BRT route and BRT/managed lanes. The study also gauged environmental impacts, multimodal access, transit reliability, and transit travel time. See project summary.

Participating in the study were the cities of Boulder and Longmont, Boulder County, Longmont and Boulder chambers of commerce, Niwot Business Association, Commuting Solutions, Boulder Transportation Connections, North Area Transportation Alliance, Northwest Chamber Alliance, Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, BNSF, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

What is BRT?

BRT is a proven bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable and reliable service along a designated corridor. The system has limited stops to improve speed, reduce travel time and maximize ridership.

Graphic explaining distinct BRT features on bus and at stations
  • BRT service has been proven nationally to provide riders with a convenient, frequent, and reliable travel option as an attractive alternative to an automobile.
  • The study advances one of the recommendations from the 2013 Northwest Area Mobility Study for a cost-effective enhanced transit investment along SH 119.

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