Federal Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project

About the Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation has started environmental study and design work on building a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route that will cover 18 miles of Federal Boulevard from 120th Avenue in northern Westminster to Dartmouth Avenue in southern Denver. The line will also extend east on 120th to the Wagon Road Park and Ride near I-25, and east on Dartmouth Avenue to the Englewood RTD Rail Station.

Federal Boulevard is a heavily traveled Regional Transportation District (RTD) route, with the following characteristics:

  • Primary RTD route: 31 bus
  • Fifth highest boardings in the system (over one million a year)
  • Destinations include Regis University, Empower Field, multiple neighborhoods, retail districts, churches and community centers
  • Connections to W, G and B RTD rail lines

Schedule & Important Dates

  • Environmental study and design work - Started Fall 2023
  • Stakeholder engagement begins - Spring 2024
  • Location: Federal Boulevard from 120th Avenue in northern Westminster to Dartmouth Avenue in southern Denver

Environmental and Design Work

CDOT is currently in the scoping and data collection phase of the study work. Once information about existing conditions and potential impacts is ready for public review, stakeholder engagement will begin. That is expected before the spring of 2024.

CDOT is conducting the environmental and design work based on the Federal Boulevard BRT alignment recommended through the Denver Moves Federal Transit Alternatives Analysis Summary Report and Westminster’s Federal Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Study. Those two plans recommended the side-running BRT option, in which the BRT line would have a dedicated lane in the curbside lane, except for between 20th and 50th avenues where the BRT would share lanes with other vehicles.

BRT light rail station sketch
Image shows a rendering of a BRT station with an RTD bus stopped at a sheltered platform and people getting off and on the bus. Image is from the Federal Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Study.

  • Provide reliable, high-frequency bus service along 18 miles of Federal Boulevard from northern Westminster southern Denver, one of the highest ridership transit corridors in the Denver region
  • Increase safe, accessible and affordable transportation choices for all travelers
  • Improve safety by helping to prevent crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles on heavily traveled urban roads
  • Increase the number of people who can travel on a road while using fewer vehicles, ultimately easing congestion and reducing greenhouse gas emissions