By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, Colo.) The Denver City Council awarded Monday a $17.8 million contract for the East Colfax Rapid Bus Transit project.
Although the project is not expected to be complete until 2027, the city continues to make progress on the planning stages. The contract with Triunity Inc. will provide program management, preconstruction support, communications and reporting, independent cost estimating, utility coordination, and construction oversight, according to a memo from city staff to council.
Subcontractors include Atkins, Basis Partners, Catalyst Public Affairs, CIG, Eugene Lynn, Hatch LTK, Hg Consult Inc, Livable Cities Studio, Maxx Impact Group, Peak Consulting Group, Pinyon Environmental, Yeh and Associates Inc.
The rapid bus transit project, also known as RBT, will be called “Lynx.” According to the RBT website, the lynx cat is native to Colorado and “connotes speed and the ability to ‘link’ thousands of riders daily to their jobs, schools and communities.”
The buses will run up and down the center lanes between Broadway and Yosemite. "Busy urban streets like East Colfax are good candidates for dedicated transit lanes because the separation of buses and vehicles better organizes traffic flow, improves travel efficiency and reduces crashes," according to the RBT website."Center transit lanes also reduce conflicts with parking and other curbside activities, while creating enhanced streetscaping opportunities and improving pedestrian safety by moving transit stations to the center."
Transparent bus stops
The city solicited community input on the design of the bus stops. “This feedback was used to refine the station design in ways that enhance transparency, accessibility, safety and comfort for all transit riders,” according to the website. “The refined design includes ample weather protection, transparent materials for improved visibility, tactile and/or audible wayfinding, comfortable and sufficient seating for all, low grade ramps, ample lighting, security cameras and noise-absorbent materials.”
The city also is in the process of creating a design overlay for East Colfax Avenue which will maximize use of Lynx while creating a pedestrian-friendly environment.
Currently, bus service along Colfax can be frustrating. "The bus routes serving East Colfax have the highest ridership of all RTD routes – more than 20,000 riders per weekday," according to the RBT website. "Current bus service in the corridor is near capacity and even small service interruptions can result in passengers being left at stops to wait for the next bus."
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