RTD initiated the study in response to the significant cost increases associated with building and operating commuter rail in the 41-mile Northwest corridor. The goal of the study is to collaborate with corridor stakeholders to determine if there is a more cost-effective way to approach improving mobility in the area that could be implemented sooner.
“It is no secret that we have faced a number of challenges in the Northwest area,” said RTD Board Chair Lorraine Anderson. “This study marks a new chapter for RTD and northwest area stakeholders. We are committed to collaborate in a manner that will enable us to successfully move FasTracks forward.”
“We have high hopes that through collaboration and partnership, the Northwest Area Mobility Study will help us find a path forward that helps residents in the northwest area see more benefits of their FasTracks investment sooner,” said Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn.
The telephone town hall takes place Wednesday, June 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Anyone can participate in the town hall by dialing toll free 1-877-299-8493, and entering the ID code 19081. In addition, 50,000 residents in the northwest metro area will be called at random through an automated system and invited to participate in the public telephone forum.
“This is a very effective way to communicate with the public,” said Anderson. “Through this technology, we can talk with a greater number of folks since people can’t always attend a public meeting.”
This 13-month study, led by a consultant team headed by HNTB, will determine cost-effective mobility improvements to serve the northwest area. The study focuses on five key areas:
Entities participating in the study are 36 Commuting Solutions and North Area Transportation Alliance; the cities of Arvada, Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Superior and Westminster; Boulder County; Colorado Department of Transportation, the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the University of Colorado–Boulder.
“It’s important to note that any change in the current FasTracks plan will have to be approved by the voters. We encourage everyone in the Northwest to participate, ask us questions and learn more about the Northwest Area Mobility Study,” said Anderson.
FasTracks is RTD’s voter-approved transit expansion program to build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District. For more information, visit www.rtd-denver.com.