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Alternative 6BB: LRT-Lowell/Ralston


Description: Light rail on 38th Avenue to Lowell Boulevard to 52nd Avenue to Sheridan to Ralston Road to Ridge Road

Reason Dismissed: Community impacts and lack of community support.Proposed Technology: Light Rail

Proposed Route: Operating in-street beginning at Denver Union Station (DUS), following Wewatta St. to Park Avenue flyover to 38th Avenue, west on 38th to Lowell Boulevard,, north on Lowell to 52nd, west on 52nd to Sheridan, north on Sheridan to Ralston Road, west on Ralston to Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, south on Olde Wadsworth to the BN-UP corridor, continues west on Ridge Road parallel to the BN/UP corridor to Ward Road.

7 Proposed Stations: Kalamath, Federal, Regis University, Sheridan, Olde Town, Kipling and Ward.

EVALUATION CRITERIA RESULTS/COMMENTS
Fulfills Project's Purpose & Need YES
Affordability/ Cost-Effectiveness YES: $482 Million
(Gold Line Budget $462 Million +/- 10%)
Environmental Impacts
  • Fewer stream crossings  
  • More people affected by construction
Community Impacts/Benefits
  • 80 properties that need to be purchased  
  • 34,180 population w/in ½ mile of stations
Consistency with local plans Neutral to Inconsistent
Mobility Improvements
  • Travel time from Ward Rd. to DUS approximately 27 minutes  
  • Travel time by auto from Ward Rd. to DUS projected to be 50 min. in 2030  
  • Preliminary Ridership Projection: 13,000 to 16,000
Community and Agency Support TBD

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