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Central Rail Extension Mobility Study

The Central Rail Extension Mobility Study is now complete. The study was done to determine the best way to provide a direct rail transit trip between the 38th•Blake Station and downtown Denver without a transfer and to establish a long-term vision
with the local community for the entire Central Rail Line.

Two recommendations, one short-term and one long-term, emerged from the Central Extension study.

Short-term recommendation

The short-term recommendation is to use the Downtown Loop with new infrastructure: one additional train every 15 minutes and a pocket track somewhere on the south end of loop (at throat near 14th•Stout).

Long-term recommendation

The long-term vision includes looking at connections at Civic Center, Southeast downtown/Golden Triangle, new central downtown loops and the consideration of low-floor technology.

The study area encompasses downtown Denver and the neighborhoods of Five Points, Whittier, Cole and Elyria Swansea. RTD partnered with the City and County of Denver on the project, and also collaborated closely with the Five Points Business District and the Downtown Denver Partnership to ensure its success.

The year-long study was finished in late 2014. It created stakeholder and community consensus on the implementation of the Central Rail Extension.

Final report

The final report for the Central Rail Extension Mobility Study is available. You can download the entire 291-page report in .pdf format here.

The Central Rail Extension was funded through RTD's voter-approved FasTracks Program, but according to RTD's most recent cash flow forecast, FasTracks money for the extension will not be available until well into the future. RTD is looking at ways to collaborate with the City and County of Denver and other partners to explore creative funding sources that could provide money to construct the line sooner.

The study gathered information to measure and evaluate potential alternatives, screen these alternatives and then provided a detailed description of the most feasible alternative. The study also determined how the Central Rail Line should interface with the downtown Denver transportation system in order to be implemented with minimal impact to vehicular traffic, transit, bicyclists and pedestrians.

See Mobility Study meeting materials

First Meeting Video

The first public meeting for the Central Rail Extension Mobility Study
was held on February 26, 2014 at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research
Library. Click here to view the materials presented at the meeting on the Central Rail Extension Mobility Study.

Did you miss the meeting? Watch a video of the presentation and the Q&A below.

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