Bus rapid transit is coming to Federal Boulevard

News Release

May 7, 2024 - Denver Metro/Central Colorado - Open houses offered on May 9, May 13 and May 15

El autobús de tránsito rápido llega a bulevar Federal en español

Denver — The Colorado Department of Transportation will host three open houses this May for the public to learn about changes coming to Federal Boulevard. As one of busiest transit corridors in metro Denver, buses on Federal Boulevard experience significant delays, resulting in long travel times. CDOT plans to improve travel along this 18-mile stretch with bus rapid transit (BRT) service.

The project team will be on hand to answer questions related to station locations, shelter designs and bus service planning on Federal Boulevard. The public is invited to attend one or more of the open houses to hear the latest information on the project and provide their input.

“The Federal Boulevard BRT project is a priority in CDOT’s 10-Year-Plan and is pivotal in providing transportation choices," said Jessica Myklebust, Region 1 Transportation Director. "It will positively transform the corridor by providing the community with safe, fast, and reliable bus service. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback from the community.”

CDOT will be hosting three open houses for the public to attend and provide input:  

Thursday, May 9
5 to 7 p.m. 
Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center 2nd floor 
1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110 

Monday, May 13
5 to 7 p.m. 
CDOT Headquarters 
2829 W Howard Pl, Denver, CO 80204 
RSVP at [email protected] to save time when you arrive 

Wednesday, May 15
5 to 7 p.m. 
The MAC 
3295 W 72nd Ave, Westminster, CO 80030 

The public is encouraged to attend the open houses, learn about the project, ask questions and provide input. This engagement helps the project team to better understand the context and unique corridor perspectives from the community. CDOT representatives and project team members will be available to answer questions and provide information. Burritos, beverages and children's activities will be provided. 

Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at each meeting. Please call 303-900-3398 to request special accommodation, including sign language. 

About Federal Boulevard BRT

BRT is a high-capacity, efficient bus service that incorporates elements of light-rail, such as all-door boarding, enhanced stations, purchasing tickets before riding and, in some locations, dedicated bus lanes. Bringing BRT to Federal Boulevard from Dartmouth Avenue in the south to 120th Avenue in the north will improve transportation for all travelers along the corridor with attractive enhanced transit stations and a fast and effective transit route. The project is currently in the design phase, and construction is set to begin in 2027 with service starting by 2030.

This project is made possible by CDOT in partnership with RTD, Adams County, City & County of Denver, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Englewood, Federal Heights, and Westminster.

Rendering of what a BRT station could look like. Final BRT elements and design will be different than displayed.
Rendering of what a BRT station could look like. Final BRT elements and design will be different than displayed. The graphic shows a bus stopped at a BRT station. The sign placed under the overhang of the station shelter reads, “BRT arriving in five minutes.” The graphic points out the following station features: frequent on-time service, enhanced station with seating, enhanced fare and collection systems, and dedicated lanes for the bus where possible. The bus features include comfortable seating, level boarding for safe wheelchair access and transit signal priority.

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!

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