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Northwest Area Mobility Study

The Regional Transportation District has kicked off the Northwest Area Mobility Study that will result in a prioritized list of mobility improvements for the northwest area.

More information about the study is available on the Northwest Area Mobility Study website. The page contains meeting information and a form to submit comments on the study topics.

The 13-month study will determine cost-effective mobility improvements to serve the northwest area. The study focuses on five key areas:

Northwest Rail: Evaluate the feasibility and cost associated with constructing the Northwest Rail commuter rail line in smaller segments over time. The line runs from Denver Union Station to Longmont. The first 6.2-mile segment of Northwest Rail, to 71st and Lowell in Westminster, is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2016.

North Metro Corridor Extension: As an alternate to providing rail service to Longmont via Northwest Rail, evaluate the possibility of extending the North Metro Corridor from the planned end of line at 162nd Avenue. RTD is planning to build the North Metro Corridor to 72nd Avenue with FasTracks funds currently available and issued a request for proposals in late June for that work. RTD expects to have a decision on a construction contract by the end of 2013.

U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit Final Program Commitments: Determine final FasTracks commitments for the U.S. 36 BRT line that is currently under construction and scheduled to open in early 2016. This includes capital, operating and maintenance costs, confirming the operating plan for opening day as well as service levels and fleet requirements needed. The 18-mile line runs between Denver Union Station and Boulder.

Arterial BRT lines: Evaluate the potential for early implementation of BRT lines on major arterial roads that could improve mobility and access to transit in the Northwest area. Among the routes that will be evaluated are Colorado 119 between Boulder and Longmont, U.S. 287 between Broomfield and Longmont and various east/west connections between Boulder, Louisville, and Lafayette and onto Brighton.

I-25 Downtown Express Lanes Reverse Commute: A high-level examination of the current and future reverse-commute challenges on I-25 between Denver Union Station and U.S. 36. Potential improvements to the current north I-25 managed lanes or other connections between Denver’s central business district and U.S. 36 to accommodate bidirectional use will be identified and tested for feasibility.

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