Bus Stop Consolidation

As traffic continues to worsen across the Denver metro area, RTD makes changes to our bus and rail system that are necessary in order to provide the most productive and efficient transit system for our passengers and the communities we serve. To improve bus travel across the district, we have started consolidating bus stops that are underutilized or bus stops that are within close proximity to other bus stops.

Why consolidate bus stops?

To improve the quality and reliability of bus service, RTD is systemically analyzing bus stops by route based on usage and spacing. Through this process, we’ve developed a plan to remove bus stops while still providing adequate access to our riders. Our goal is to prioritize bus stop locations with enhanced safety features, and remove underutilized bus stops or stops close to other stops in an effort to improve our riders’ experience, with faster trip times and less dwell times

Improvements to speed and reliability are important features for frequent service and overall transit performance which helps attract new transit riders. Providing convenient transportation that gets passengers to their destinations in less time and on time becomes an attractive replacement for private vehicle use.

See how bus consolidation is positively impacting New York City

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What does this mean for you?

According to a Portland study, bus stop consolidation improved bus speeds by six percent. The transit industry has standards for stops per mile, depending on population density. Our goal is to consolidate bus stops to meet industry guidelines, which would space bus stops every ¼-mile. Bus stops will still be located near key intersections, major activity generators and areas to accommodate people with disabilities.

RTD is planning to reduce the number of stops by 20 percent.

How do riders recognize a bus stop proposed for consolidation?

When a bus stop is proposed to be removed a notice is placed on the stop. Riders are given six weeks to notify RTD of any concerns.

What determines what stop stops to consolidate?

RTD has service standards and policies that include bus stop spacing for bus services. We constantly monitor and coordinate bus stops, especially those on public right of way as well as private property. We also have a bus stop program team that is responsible for placement and maintenance of our stops.

RTD also employs a model that makes recommendations based on walking distance, passenger boardings and deboardings, passenger loads, dwell times, land use, infrastructure, and population density. The model balances time to access a stop with time spend on the bus for all riders.

Where can you provide comments on the bus consolidation process?

We make changes to our bus and rail system three times a year – January, May and August. Prior to proposed changes becoming final, we go through a public meeting process to inform the public, our riders and the communities we serve of the proposed changes and to gain your input. Attendance at public meetings is not required to comment. You may provide comments on bus stop optimization, by the following:

Call: 303.299.2004
Fax: 303.299.2227
Email: service.changes@rtd-denver.com

Please include the stop identification number, name of street the bus stop is located on, the nearest intersection and the reason for your comment.

Final August 2017 Service Changes

Changes to Bus Stops

South Broadway/Lincoln Street (Local routes)

Bus stops will be consolidated along South Broadway and Lincoln Street for routes 0 and 0L to improve travel times, reliability, and on-time performance. This project is in conjunction with the City and County of Denver as part of the Denver Moves: Broadway/Lincoln Transit Study. Bus stop locations will be spaced every ¼ mile. The City and County of Denver will be converting the bus lane on South Broadway and on Lincoln Street north of Speer Boulevard to a 24-hour operation.

The following bus stop locations on Broadway will be eliminated, due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops that will be retained: Broadway at 14th Avenue (after Civic Center Station reopens), 7th Avenue, Ellsworth Avenue, Cedar Avenue, and Ohio Avenue.

The following bus stop locations on Lincoln Street will be eliminated, due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops that will be retained: Walsh Place, Center Avenue, Cedar Avenue, and Ellsworth Avenue.

South Broadway/Lincoln Street (Limited routes)

The Limited bus stops will be standardized on South Broadway and Lincoln Street between Colfax Avenue and the I-25 & Broadway Station to be common among routes 0L, 3L, 83D, 83L, 87L, and 100L. Southbound Limited bus stop locations will be along Broadway at13th Avenue, 9th Avenue, 1st Avenue, Alameda Avenue, and Center Avenue. Northbound Limited bus stop locations will be along Lincoln Street at Exposition Avenue, Alameda Avenue, 1st Avenue, 7th Avenue, and 13th Avenue.

South Broadway/Lincoln Street (Regional routes)

The Regional bus stops will be standardized on South Broadway and Lincoln Street between Colfax Avenue and the I-25 & Broadway Station to be common among routes 116X, CV/CS/CX, EV/ES/EX, and P. Southbound Regional bus stops will be along Broadway at 13th Avenue and 9th Avenue. Northbound Regional bus stops along Lincoln at 7th Avenue and 13th Avenue. Route P will no longer serve Alameda Avenue.

Downtown bus stops (Local routes)

The southbound bus stop will be removed at 17th Street and Tremont Place, due to its proximity to the bus stop at Broadway and Cleveland Place. Route 0 will no longer stop at 18th Street and California Street.

Final January 2018 Service Changes

Changes to Bus Stops

Route 3

Bus stops consolidated along Route 3. The following bus stop locations eliminated due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops:

  • Alameda Avenue and Allison Parkway (eastbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Ames Street (eastbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Osceola Street
  • Alameda Avenue and Morrison Road (eastbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Grove Street (eastbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Eliot Street (westbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Grant Street (westbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Logan Street (eastbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Humboldt Street (eastbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Franklin Street (westbound)
  • University Boulevard and Cedar Avenue
  • University Boulevard and Cherry Creek Drive (southbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Cherry Street
  • Alameda Avenue and Elm Street
  • Alameda Avenue and Grape Street
  • Alameda Avenue and Jersey Street
  • Alameda Avenue and Leyden Street
  • Alameda Avenue and Xenia (westbound)
  • Alameda Avenue and Cedar Circle
Route 12

Bus stops consolidated along Route 12. The following bus stop locations eliminated due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops:

  • Washington Street and 48th Avenue
  • Downing Street and 28th Avenue
  • Corona Street and 14th Avenue (southbound)
  • Corona Street and 13th Avenue (southbound)
  • Corona Street and 3rd Avenue (southbound)
  • Downing Street and 14th Avenue (northbound)
  • Downing Street and Ellsworth Avenue
  • Louisiana Avenue and Pearl Street (eastbound) not at the Louisiana & Pearl Station
  • Iowa Avenue and Emerson Street
  • Downing Street and Jewell Avenue
  • Hampden Avenue and Ogden Street (westbound)
  • Hampden Avenue and Emerson Street (eastbound)
  • Hampden Avenue and Emerson Street (westbound) will be moved to a new stop at Hampden Avenue and Clarkson Street (westbound)
  • Girard Avenue and Lincoln Street (westbound)
Route 20

Bus stops consolidated along Route 20. The following bus stop locations eliminated due to low usage and close proximity to other bus stops:

Eastbound:
  • 17th Avenue and Sherman Street
  • 17th Avenue and Pearl Street
  • 17th Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • 17th Avenue and Race Street
  • 17th Avenue and Gaylord Street
  • Syracuse Street and 22nd Avenue
  • 20th Avenue and Quail Street
  • 20th Avenue and Youngfield Street (southwest)
  • 14000 Denver West Parkway
Westbound:
  • 17th Avenue and Harrison Street
  • 18th Avenue and Vine Street
  • 18th Avenue and Marion Street
  • 18th Avenue and Emerson Street
  • 18th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street
  • 23rd Avenue and Roslyn Street
  • 20th Avenue and Vance Street
  • 14000 Denver West Parkway

Final May 2018 Service Changes

Changes to Bus Stops

Route 6

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • 6th Ave and Emerson St
  • 6th Ave and Franklin St
  • 6th Ave and Gaylord St
  • 6th Ave and York St
  • 6th Ave and Bellaire St
  • 6th Ave and Dexter St
  • 8550 Block Lowry Blvd
  • 9200 Block Lowry Blvd
  • 6th Avenue and Empire St
  • Abilene St and Bayaud Ave
Westbound:
  • Abilene St and Bayaud Ave
  • 800 Block Potomac St
  • 6th Ave and Empire St
  • 8550 block Lowry Blvd
  • Lowry Blvd and Spruce St
  • 6th Ave and Ash St
  • 8th Ave and Elizabeth St
  • 8th Ave and Vine St
  • 8th Ave and Gilpin St
  • 8th Ave and Emerson St
Route 10

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • 12th Ave and Emerson St
  • 12th Ave and Vine St
  • 12th Ave and Jackson St
  • 9th Ave and Holly St
  • 11th Ave and Elmira St
  • 11th Ave and Geneva St
  • 11th Ave and Jamaica St
  • 11th Ave and Lima St
  • Peoria St and Quari Ct
  • 16600 Block Centretech Pkwy
  • 16400 Block Centretech Pkwy
Westbound:
  • 11th Ave and Jamaica St
  • 11th Ave and Hanover St
  • 11th Ave and Elmira St
  • 9th Ave and Holly St
  • 4200 Block 9th Ave
  • Madison St and 13th Ave
  • 12th Ave and Vine St
  • 12th Ave and Ogden St
Route 11

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • S Gaylord St and Arizona Ave
  • Mississippi Ave and Milwaukee Way
  • Mississippi Ave and Garfield St
  • S Kearney St and Tennessee Ave
  • Mississippi Ave and Kearney St
  • 7100 Block Mississippi Ave
  • Parker Rd and Quince St
  • Mississippi Ave and Clinton St
  • Mississippi Ave and Elmira St
  • Mississippi Ave and Kingston St
  • W Exposition Ave and S Federal Blvd (nearside)
  • W Kentucky Ave and S Wolf St
  • W Mississippi Ave and S Ames St
Westbound:
  • Mississippi Ave and Joliet St
  • Mississippi Ave and Clinton St
  • Parker Rd and Quince St
  • 7100 Block East Mississippi Ave
  • Mississippi Ave and Kearney St
  • Tennessee Ave and Kearney St
  • Mississippi Ave and Garfield St
  • Mississippi Ave and Milwaukee Way
  • S Gaylord St and Arizona Ave
  • W Exposition Ave and S Federal Blvd (farside)
  • W Kentucky Ave and S Wolf St
  • W Mississippi Ave and S Eaton St
  • W Mississippi Ave and S Vance St
Route 15

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or proximity to other stops:

  • Colfax Ave and Logan St (eastbound)
  • Colfax Ave and Ogden St
  • Colfax Ave and Vine St
  • Colfax Ave and Roslyn St
  • Colfax Ave and Chester St (eastbound)
  • Colfax Ave and Quentin St
  • Aurora Ct and 16th Ave (southbound)
  • Colfax Ave and Vaughn St (eastbound)
  • Colfax Ave and Helena St (westbound)
Route 15L

Revise stops near the Anschutz Medical Campus for closer proximity to the major facilities: westbound, establish exception stops at Colfax Avenue/Vaughn Street (serving Children’s Hospital), and move the stop at Aurora Court to Scranton Court, to better serve University of Colorado Hospital. No changes for eastbound stops.

Route 16

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • W Colfax Ave and Delaware St
  • W Colfax Ave and Galapago St
  • W Colfax Ave and Osage St
  • W Colfax Ave and Yates St
  • W Colfax Ave and Chase St
  • W Colfax Ave and Jay St
  • W Colfax Ave and Yarrow St
  • W Colfax Ave and Balsam St
  • W Colfax Ave and Lee St
  • Simms St and W 6th Ave North Frontage Rd
Westbound:
  • W Colfax Ave and 12th St
  • W Colfax Ave and Yates St
  • W Colfax Ave and Chase St
  • W Colfax Ave and Newland St
  • W Colfax Ave and Reed St
  • W Colfax Ave and Wadsworth Blvd (nearside)
  • W Colfax Ave and Yarrow St
  • W Colfax Ave and Balsam St
  • W Colfax Ave and Kipling St (nearside)
Route 16L

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • W Colfax Ave and Delaware St
  • W Colfax Ave and Galapago St
  • W Colfax Ave and Osage St
Westbound:
  • W Colfax Ave and 12th St
  • W Colfax Ave and Wadsworth Blvd (nearside)
Route 21

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • Evans Ave and Grant St
  • Evans Ave and Clarkson St
  • Evans Ave and Ogden St
  • Evans Ave and Lafayette St
  • Evans Ave and High St
  • 5000 Block East Evans Ave
  • Evans Ave and Jasmine St (nearside)
  • Iliff Ave and Valentia St
  • Iliff Ave and Parker Rd (nearside)
  • Iliff Ave and Troy St
  • Sable Blvd and Adriatic Ave
  • W Evans Ave and S Bannock St
  • S Bannock St and W Evans Ave
  • W Evans Ave and S Bryant St
  • W Evans Ave and S Federal Blvd (nearside)
  • W Evans Ave and S Utica St
  • 6300 Block W Jewell Ave
  • W Jewell Ave and S Hoyt St
  • W Alameda Pkwy and S Beech Dr (nearside)
  • W Alameda Pkwy and S Xenon Ct
  • W Alameda Dr and W Center Ave
Westbound:
  • Sable Blvd and Warren Ave
  • Iliff Ave and Warren Dr
  • Iliff Ave and Valentia St
  • Evans Ave and Monaco Pkwy (nearside)
  • 5000 Block East Evans Ave
  • Evans Ave and High St
  • Evans Ave and Lafayette St
  • Evans Ave and Ogden St
  • Evans Ave and Clarkson St
  • Evans Ave and Sherman St
  • Evans Ave and Lincoln St
  • W Evans Ave and S Bannock St
  • S Bannock St and W Evans Ave
  • W Evans Ave and S Bryant St
  • W Evans Ave and S Federal Blvd (nearside)
  • W Jewell Ave and S Marshall St
  • W Jewell Ave and S Garrison St (nearside)
  • W Jewell Ave and S Hoyt St
  • W Alameda Dr and W Center Ave
Route 38

The following bus stops will be eliminated, due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • Larimer St and 19th St
  • 22nd St and Blake St
  • W 38th Ave and Bryant St
  • W 38th Ave and Federal Blvd (nearside)
  • W 38th Ave and Newton St
  • W 38th Ave and Yates St
  • W 38th Ave and Benton St
  • W 38th Ave and Fenton St
  • W 38th Ave and Newland St
  • W 38th Ave and Reed St
  • W 38th Ave and Kipling St (nearside)
  • W 38th Ave and Wright Ct
Westbound:
  • W 38th Ave and Kalamath St
  • W 38th Ave and Federal Blvd (nearside)
  • W 38th Ave and Newton St
  • W 38th Ave and Yates St
  • W 38th Ave and Sheridan Blvd (nearside)
  • W 38th Ave and Benton St
  • W 38th Ave and Eaton St
  • W 38th Ave and Marshall St
Route 83D/83L

The following bus stops will be eliminated due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

Eastbound:
  • Parker Rd and Quince St
  • Parker Rd and Mississippi Ave (farside)
  • Parker Rd and Dayton St
  • Parker Rd and Iliff Ave (nearside)
  • Yale Ave and Havana St (nearside)
Westbound:
  • Quebec Way and Florida Ave (nearside)
  • Parker Rd and Yale Ave (nearside)
  • Parker Rd and Quince St
  • Leetsdale Dr and Hudson St
  • Alameda Ave and Leetsdale Dr
Route 105

The following bus stops will be eliminated due to low usage and/or close proximity to other stops:

  • Havana St and Alameda Ave, southbound (nearside)
  • Havana and 1200 South, both directions