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Old November 21st, 2016, 05:22 AM   #381
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Denver is actually very flat. It's surrounded by mountains, and at a very high altitude.
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Since Denver is just east of the Great Divide, I was wondering how many hilly sections the light rail has to contend with.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 05:33 AM   #382
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Since Denver is just east of the Great Divide, I was wondering how many hilly sections the light rail has to contend with.
All areas served by light rail, present of future, are the the flat bottoms of the Front Range. Denver is for all geographic purposes a Great Plains metro area like Kansas City or St Louis, only that one of its sides (west) has a massive and gigantic mountain range.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 11:04 AM   #383
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http://www3.rtd-denver.com/elbert/ne...ex.cfm?id=9326

NEW LIGHT RAIL SERVICE ON THE R LINE OPENS FEBRUARY 24TH
Posted on 01.30.17



The R Line will open for service on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, bringing light rail through the heart of Aurora.

The new light rail R Line (formerly known as the Aurora Line/I-225 Rail during construction) extends service from the existing Nine Mile Station north 10.5-miles to Peoria Station connecting to the University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport. The full R Line service will travel 22 miles from the Lincoln Station to Peoria Station. This project also extends RTD’s current H Line from Nine Mile to the new Florida Station. It will be the fourth transit line RTD will open within the last fourteen months

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Old February 24th, 2017, 09:35 AM   #384
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http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/23...one-tree-free/

RTD R-Line begins service Friday to Aurora, Denver and Lone Tree — and you can ride for free
February 23, 2017 at 6:14 pm



The Regional Transportation District’s R-Line will begin train service Friday morning to Aurora, Denver and Lone Tree.

Patrons can ride the line for free between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

A ribbon cutting will be 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Iliff Station on Blackhawk Street at Iliff Avenue

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Old June 1st, 2017, 01:10 AM   #385
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A proposed rejiggering of the network would see the D train turn back in downtown Denver instead of heading to the Curtis Park/Five Points area northeast of Downtown. A new service, the L train, would run between this area and downtown using the current D train tracks.

The C train will become the main service for the Littleton division and will run to Union Station at all times.

This may happen as soon as August if the necessary signals are in place by then.







https://www.denverite.com/rtds-plann...on-year-36659/

http://rtd.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpe...63&Inline=True
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The rejiggering has been deferred for now.

http://www.rtd-denver.com/servicecha...gust2017.shtml
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Old November 12th, 2017, 04:54 PM   #387
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$4.7 billion is a lot of money.

Denver Built Up Its Public Transit, but Where Are All the Riders?
Thirteen years after a vote that poured resources into transportation, most residents haven’t changed their habits.

ANDREW SMALL NOV 4, 2017


https://www.theatlantic.com/business...riders/544820/

Denver punches above its weight when it comes to mass transit: It has the eighth-largest rail system in the United States, radiating out of what’s only the 19th most populous American city.

That’s because of a program called FasTracks. In 2004, in an attempt to cool congestion and prepare for growth, Denver and communities in seven surrounding counties voted to expand public transit to the tune of $4.7 billion, adding 122 miles of commuter, light-rail, and bus-rapid-transit lines across the region by 2018.

Since then, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) has undergone a transformation: Where once only a few rail lines served a handful of suburbs, train tracks and bus rapid-transit corridors now extend in all directions, from Boulder (28 miles northwest of Denver’s downtown) to Aurora (11 miles east) to Jefferson County (26 miles west), with downtown Denver’s Union Station serving as the central hub. Seven projects are complete, and five are still on the way.

But the expansion plan, which led CityLab to once call Denver “the most advanced transit city in the west,” has yet to translate into greater transit ridership, or even reduced use of cars. In 2006, John Hickenlooper, then the mayor of Denver, described a hope that the city would reach 20 percent ridership by 2020. But in 2016, only 6 percent of people in Denver used public transit as part of their commute to work.

The Great Recession’s impact on sales-tax revenue for FasTracks did delay construction. But even the existing lines have seen a decline recently, even as the economy rebounds. From 2010 to 2015, the system’s per-capita boardings were down 4 percent. (Impressively, though, vehicle miles traveled went up 12 percent.)

So where did the grand plan fall short? We asked three people: a transportation advocate, an RTD spokesperson, and a public-transit consultant. Here’s what they said.

The trends in Denver fit with the national picture: From 2014 to 2016, transit ridership declined 4.5 percent across the U.S., while vehicle miles traveled have increased steadily in recent years, thanks mainly to cheap gas prices and the economy’s uptick.
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Old November 12th, 2017, 06:45 PM   #388
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$4.7 billion is a lot of money.
It's ~$40/mi. I don't really know that it's necessarily all that much money, comparatively.
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Newly redesigned Denver LRT and commuter rail map, now showing the "L" train as a separate service (beginning this Sunday) as well as express bus service to Boulder, known as Flatiron Flyer.



bigger image available here: http://www.rtd-denver.com/img/map/rail-fare-map.pdf
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Old January 13th, 2018, 04:37 AM   #390
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Small wonder the LRT hasn't been drawing in the crowds they were hoping for, those frequencies are horrible.
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Old January 17th, 2018, 06:27 AM   #391
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Small wonder the LRT hasn't been drawing in the crowds they were hoping for, those frequencies are horrible.
10 minute frequencies peak/20 minute frequencies off-peak would probably work better, but I don't think they thought that far ahead.

When I grew up in Philly, peak times for buses and rail was 6-8 minutes, off-peak was approximately 12-15 minutes, so catching the bus or subway wasn't a total inconvenience (plus 80 percent of the routes ran 24/7).

Then I spent time in DC and the bus frequencies were 20 minutes peak and up to 60 minutes off-peak-WHAT? And they wondered why no one would use the damn buses?

I'll bet their off-peaks are at least 30-60 minutes, which will insure people on off-shifts take their vehicles. They have to do better than that.
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Old January 18th, 2018, 07:38 PM   #392
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Forgive my ignorance. it was probably mentioned somewhere before but I can't find it.

What is the frequency of the Denver LRT and Commuter rail network? Peak and off peak as well as night and weekend?
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