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Alternative 7BB: Streetcar-Harlan/Ralston

NOTE: The route shown on this map and described below is conceptual and will change. RTD will continue to refine the route to avoid or minimize impacts to the extent that is feasible. Information below is up-to-date as of 4/1/07.

Description: Streetcar on arterial streets including 38th Avenue, Harlan and Ridge

Reason Dismissed: The electric commuter rail alternative was far more cost effective and outperformed the streetcar alternative in nearly all of the criteria categories. Additionally, the public, local governments and regulatory agencies all expressed overwhelming support for naming electric commuter rail as the preferred alternative for the Gold Line.

Proposed Technology:

Proposed Route:
Operating in-street beginning at Denver Union Station (DUS), following Wewatta St. to Park Ave., goes over I-25 on Park Ave. flyover to 38th,
west on 38th to Harlan, north on Harlan to 48th, west on 48th to Marshall, north on Marshall to Ralston Road, west on Ralston Road to Olde Wadsworth, south on Olde Wadsworth to Grandview Avenue, west on Grandview to Zephyr Street, south on Zephyr to Ridge Road, west on Ridge to Balsam Street, north on Balsam to Grandview, west on Grandview to Carr Street, south on Carr Street to Ridge, west on Ridge to Garrison Street, north on Garrison to Ridge, west on Ridge to Independence Street, south on Independence to Ridge, west on Ridge to Ward.

Option One w/ 7 Proposed Stations:
Kalamath, Federal, Sheridan, 45th Ave., Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward

Option Two w/ 18 Proposed Stations:

Kalamath, Tejon, Clay, Federal, Lowell, Tennyson, Sheridan, Harlan,
45th Ave., 48th Ave., 54th Ave., Lamar, Olde Town, Carr, Independence,
Arvada Ridge, Parfet and Ward

Detailed Evaluation Results: Mobility and Operational Analysis

2030 Travel Time: Ward Road to Union Station, compared with 50 minutes by car41 minutes 
Avg. Weekday Ridership10,500 - 11,000
Parking Demand (Station-specific demand will be determined in next phase of analysis)3,828
Reliability of Service Low - Operates 80% in shared right of way with vehicular traffic
Impact on Traffic (Impact of the transit vehicle on street traffic) Moderate
Number of At-Grade Street Crossings125

Detailed Evaluation Results: Cost and Financial Analysis

Capital Cost: Cost to construct the project in 2007 dollars$362 million
Within FasTracks budget? (FasTracks budget is $463 million)Yes
Eligible for Federal funding? (FasTracks assumes Gold Line uses federal funds)Possible
Share Some Costs with Northwest Rail? (Sharing track and right of way saves money for both projects)No
Operating Cost Per User (Cost of operating the line divided by the number of users)$4.61
Hours of Travel Time Saved per Day (Key measurement to qualify for Federal Funds)4,100

Detailed Evaluation Results: Community Benefits and Impacts

Property Acquisitions (Estimated properties that would need to be purchased)0-6 Residential    7-14 Commercial .2 acres of parkland
Population Near Stations (Population within 1/2 mile of preliminary station locations)34,573
Employment Near Stations (Jobs within 1/2 mile of preliminary station locations)35,300
Construction Impacts2nd Fewest
Restricted Access During Construction453 businesses with restricted access during construction
Construction Duration30 months 
Public and Agency SupportMixed

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