CENTER CITY TRANSPORTATION PROJECT: DENVER

THE MAJOR EFFORT OF THE CCTP TEAM IN DENVER, COLORADO, WAS THE STUDY OF TERMINAL AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES, IN WHICH THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS WERE INCLUDED: (1) LAND USE, (2) EMPLOYMENT, (3) CORDON TRAFFIC COUNTS, (4) PARKING INVENTORY, (5) INTERVIEWS WITH BUS PASSENGERS, (6) HOME INTERVIEWS IN 997 METROPOLITAN AREA HOUSEHOLDS, AND (7) CONSUMER PANEL DISCUSSIONS. THE DENVER FREEWAYS DO NOT DIRECTLY SERVE THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, AND ACCESS IS LIMITED BY THE SMALL NUMBER OF VIADUCTS OVER THE VALLEY. THE CONJUNCTION OF SEPARATE STREET GRIDS ALONG WEST COLFAX AVENUE AND BROADWAY CREATES DIFFICULT INTERSECTIONS AND CONGESTION. THE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS ARE INCREASING FARES AND CURTAILING SERVICES, WHILE THE POPULATION REMAINS OVERWHELMINGLY AUTOMOBILE-ORIENTED. DENVER ALSO SUFFERS FROM A PARKING DEFICIENCY OF 11,000 PARKING SPACES IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. TWO ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF IMPROVED DOWNTOWN CIRCULATION ARE AN AUTOMOBILE INTERCEPT STRATEGY AND AN IMPROVED LINEHAUL SYS- TEM TO BRING PEOPLE DOWNTOWN. THE AUTOMOBILE INTERCEPT COM- BINES FACILITIES AND SERVICE THAT INDUCE THE CITY-BOUND MO- TORIST TO CHANGE TO PUBLIC TRANSIT AT AN APPROPRIATE DIS- TANCE FROM THE CBD. THERMINAL FACILITIES SUCH AS PARKING GA- RAGES WITH ADDITIONAL SERVICES SUCH AS CONVENIENCE SHOPS, WOULD BE JOINED TO TRANSIT SYSTEMS THAT CAN BE BOARDED IN THE PARKING GARAGES TO PROVIDE FREQUENT RAPID SERVICE TO CBD DESTINATIONS. THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS ARE ALSO RECOMMENDED: (1) INITIATION OF A CBD MINI-LOOP SERVICE FOR INTERNAL CIR- CULATION; (2) CONCENTRATION OF THE DOWNTOWN SECTIONS OF REGIONAL BUS ROUTES INTO TWO CORRIDORS ON 16TH AND 17TH STREETS AND ON STOUT AND CHAMPA STREETS; (3) EXPANSION OF THE ONE-WAY VIADUCT COUPLETS ACROSS THE PLATTE RIVER VALLEY BY UPGRADING THE QUALITY AND INCREASING THE NUMBER AND CAPACITY OF RIVER CROSSINGS; AND (4) DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSIVE UPGRADING OF A REGIONAL BUS SYSTEM. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD 44
  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1982 12:00AM