One of the biggest problems the Denver Rapid Transit District has (RTD) is its success that has far exceeded expectations. An example of that is the fact that in its first full year of operation the line recorded 1,380,000 passenger boardings, 14% above projections. The Denver system has been posting numbers that won the attention and respect of transit planners around the country. While it is not one of the biggest of the nation's 26 light rail systems, mile for mile it is one of the busiest. The article examines the history of RTD from the time of the system's arrival in Denver in October 1994 with the opening of a 5.3-mile line, through the many additions that now amount to a daily ridership of 38,000 boardings. Also reviewed are some of the major expansions, such as a far reaching regional mix of six new light rail and commuter rail lines, plus bus rapid transit and HOV lanes for buses and carpools. Commuter rail is also on its way. The question no longer is if expansion should take place, but when can it be accomplished.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • Miller, L S
  • Publication Date: 2003-8


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00962945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 2003 12:00AM