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RTD unveils first bus for U.S. 36 BRT service

RTD unveiled its first bus for its new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on U.S. 36. The Flatiron Flyer was shown at an event June 30, 2015. It happened at the Broomfield Park-n-Ride along US 36. The U.S. 36 BRT service, which is part of RTD's FasTracks transit expansion program, debuts January 17, 2016.

Flatiron Flyer bus design
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Named "Flatiron Flyer," the new BRT line will offer riders their choice of nonstop or all-stop service along U.S. 36 between Boulder and Union Station in downtown Denver.

The nonstop service will run on the new express lanes, which are currently under construction. The all-stop service will run on general purpose lanes with stops at the corridor's six stations.

"The arrival of the Flatiron Flyer is an important milestone in the FasTracks plan, which has included light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit from the start," said Dave Genova, RTD interim general manager and CEO. "The progress we are marking here today was made possible by collaboration, with all of the partners working toward the common goal of providing frequent and reliable public transportation for the region."

Check out the photo gallery of the unveiling event:


Distinctively branded for easy identification, the design on the new BRT buses encompasses a unique dual color scheme (blue and sunrise orange), geographical significance (the Rocky Mountain foothills), movement and speed (portrayed by the bird and swoosh) and a sophisticated design.

Vehicle facts

  • 45-foot long MCI D4500 commuter coaches
  • Fuel: Ultra low-sulfur clean diesel
  • Luggage compartments: About 750 cubic feet of storage space
  • 57 seats
  • Equipped with a wheelchair lift and two wheelchair securement spaces
  • Can carry up to 8 bicycles
  • 120-volt outlets and USB ports for charging laptops, tablets and smartphones
  • Reclining seats, footrests
  • Overhead reading lights
  • Individual air vents

The stations

The new BRT service will also include enhanced stations with canopies, ticket vending machines, programmable information displays, and upgraded security and station furniture.

Riders on this line will enjoy 18 miles of express and high-frequency bus service along U.S. 36 between Denver Union Station and Boulder. The line's six stations are:
  1. U.S. 36•Westminster Center
  2. U.S. 36•Church Ranch
  3. U.S. 36 at Broomfield
  4. U.S. 36•Flatiron
  5. U.S. 36•McCaslin
  6. U.S. 36•Table Mesa
During peak times, riders can expect a bus to arrive every 4-15 minutes.
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