Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Preliminary Results of Mobility Study Outline Cost, Ridership for Rail, Bus Rapid Transit in Northwest Area


Both images are from the http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/media/uploads/nw/NAMS_Public_Meeting_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Significant analysis still needed to complete study

On Oct 7th the Regional Transportation District and the northwest area stake holders receive an interim update from the Northwest Area Mobility Study team.  The team is led by HNTB (hired by RTD to provide an objective analysis of transit operation).  The study is looking at transit alternatives and options of commuter rail and/or other transit improvements between Denver and the northeast communities.

As many as 40 different criteria have been identified.  For example capital cost, ridership, economic development potential, cost/benefit, and environmental impacts just to name a few.  Chris Quinn, RTD project manager of the Northwest Area Mobility Study said, “We still have a lot of work to do to evaluate all of the benefits and impacts of the alternatives under considerations.  We need to collectively understand the full picture in order to develop consensus on the best path forward for the northwest area.”

According to the interim update, the preliminary cost estimates and ridership ranges for the northwest rail segments and the north metro extension are:

Capital Cost (2013 dollars)
2035 Daily Boardings
Northwest Rail – Westminster/Broomfield Phase
(71st & Lowell to Broomfield)
11 miles
$557M - $681M*
2,100 - 3,400
Northwest Rail – Louisville Phase
(Broomfield to Louisville)
8 miles
$159M - $194M
1,700 - 1,800
Northwest Rail – Boulder Phase
(Louisville to Boulder Junction)
11 miles
$241M - $295M
2,000 - 2,100
Northwest Rail – Longmont Phase
(Boulder Junction to Longmont)
8 miles
$199M - $243M
1,500 - 1,600
North Metro Extension
(SH-7 to Longmont)
19.5 miles
$682M - $834M
840 - 900
*Northwest Rail – Westminster/Broomfield Phase includes costs of maintenance facility and purchase of full corridor operating rights from BNSF.

Northwest Area Mobility Study Media Contact:
M. Marta Sipeki
RTD FasTracks Public Information Team


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