About the Study
In partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and local jurisdictions, the Northwest Area Mobility Study will develop a prioritized list of
mobility improvements for the Northwest area of the Regional Transportation
District's (RTD) service area.
The study will focus on five key areas:
- Phased Construction of Northwest Rail: The study will evaluate operational/service options and construction phasing options along the Northwest Rail Line from the end-of-line south Westminster station at Lowell Boulevard/71st Avenue currently under construction as part of the Eagle P3 project to Longmont. Phasing segments that will be evaluated include Westminster Center/88th Avenue, Church Ranch, Broomfield/Flatiron, Louisville, Boulder Transit Village and Downtown Longmont.
- Feasibility of Extending North Metro Rail Line to Longmont: As an alternative to providing commuter rail service to Longmont on Northwest Rail through Boulder, the study will evaluate the feasibility of providing commuter rail service to Longmont by extending the North Metro Rail Line from the currently planned end-of-line at 162nd Avenue along various alignments.
- US 36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Commitments: The study will determine a number of important final commitments for the US 36 BRT line that is currently under construction and planned to open in 2016. The study will confirm the capital and operating and maintenance (O&M) costs, and the final operating plan for opening day, as well as the service levels and fleet requirements needed for the 2035 full service plan.
- Feasibility of New Arterial BRT Lines: Candidate arterial BRT routes will be evaluated as early-action, stand-alone improvements that could complement US 36 BRT, the phased construction of Northwest Rail or an extension of the North Metro Rail Line to Longmont.
- Analysis of the Reverse-Commute between Denver Union Station (DUS) and US 36: The study will examine the current and future reverse-commute challenges between Denver Union Station (DUS) and US 36. If the challenges warrant action, potential improvements will be identified and tested for feasibility.