Central Rail Extension Mobility StudyThe Central Rail Extension Mobility Study will identify the most feasible rail transit route and operating plan to provide a direct rail transit ride with no transfers from the future 38th/Blake Station on the East Rail Line into downtown Denver.
The study area encompasses downtown Denver and the neighborhoods of Five Points, Whittier, Cole and Elyria Swansea. RTD is partnering with the City and County of Denver on the project, and is also collaborating closely with the Five Points Business District and the Downtown Denver Partnership to ensure it is a success.
The year-long study - expected to be completed in late 2014 - will create stakeholder and community consensus on the implementation of the Central Rail Extension. The Central Rail Extension is 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.
In partnership with the community, the study will establish the long-term vision for the entire Central Rail Line and identify a near-term implementation plan for the extension in the event funding becomes available sooner than what is currently anticipated.
The study will gather information to measure and evaluate potential alternatives, screen these alternatives and then provide a detailed description of the most feasible alternative. The study will also determine 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.