Public Transit on I-70

Authors: Mikhail Kaminer*, University of Colorado At Denver
Topics: Transportation Geography
Keywords: Public Transit, Feasibility, Efficiency, Convenience
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 51
Presentation File: Download

Public transportation in the 21st century differs greatly on its uses and applications, and the environments into which it is introduced. A main question that transit planners face is the feasibility and efficiency that a proposed service will bring.
The Denver Metropolitan Area has a series of services that allow passengers to commute from place to place, and one of the successful routes is the Flatiron Flyer (FF) by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The research aims to understand what makes the FF so efficient, and how this efficiency can be applied to another route in the region— the I-70 Corridor between Idaho Springs and Denver. The researcher defines transit efficiency as a service that successfully and sustainably expands access to essential mobility without hindering the goals of all stakeholders. This definition guides the discussion of literary and demographic analysis made in Phase 1; followed by the field research based on time and lane analysis in Phase 2; and the final recommendations and conclusions in Phase 3. The findings advocate for a public transit option that must be flexible and adaptable to be efficiently implemented.

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