2011 Quality of Life StudyThe Quality of Life High Level Measures Report: 2011
The FasTracks Plan, which was adopted by the RTD Board in April 2004, includes three core goals:
• Establish a proactive plan that balances transit needs with future regional growth.
• Increase transit mode share during peak travel times.
• Provide improved transportation choices and options to the citizens of the (Regional Transportation) District.
While much of the emphasis on the FasTracks Program is on design and construction of new rapid transit corridors,the RTD Board also recognized the need to track progress toward the core goals over time. This interest, along with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements for "Before and After" studies on corridors receiving federal New Starts funding, led to the creation of the Quality of Life (QoL) Study. The QoL Study was initiated to identify, track, and measure how the FasTracks Program is achieving the adopted goals over time. Additionally, the study is intended to objectively identify and quantify FasTracks' effects on the region, rapid transit corridors, and station areas as new and expanded rapid transit service is planned, constructed, and opened for service. This is the sixth annual report for the QoL Study and it is intended to provide a snapshot of the regional conditions directly affected by FasTracks in 2011.