By Cathy Proctor | Denver Business Journal
The Regional Transportation District
(RTD) on Tuesday unveiled the Flatiron Flyer — a 57-passenger bus branded with a distinctive blue-and-sunrise-orange paint scheme — that will take passengers between Denver and Boulder, with stops at six Park-n-Rides along the way.
The Regional Transportation District's new "Flatiron Flyer" buses will carry passengers along U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder. Photo courtesy of the Regional Transportation District.
The bus is the key component of RTD’s new bus-rapid-transit system along U.S. 36 that will launch January 17, 2016. Nearly 11,000 passengers per weekday are expected to ride the 59 buses that will work the route. The new buses and the BRT system are part of the FasTracks project, which to date has focused largely on building new rail lines throughout metro Denver.
The Flatiron Flyer’s 18-mile route will carry passengers to either Civic Center Station or Denver Union Station in downtown Denver. At the other end of the line, stops will include the Downtown Boulder Station, formerly the Boulder Transit Center, and the new Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station expected to open in August.
The buses will drive on the new, third “Express Lanes” being built on U.S. 36, which has been built to allow the buses to also drive on the shoulder of the highway to avoid traffic delays.
RTD said it plans to offer two levels of service:
The first, an Express service, will have very few stops between Denver and Boulder.
The second level of service will stop at all six stations along the turnpike.
During peak hours and depending on a station’s location, riders can expect a bus to arrive every 4-15 minutes.
And the buses sport some serious amenities for the commuter traveler, including:
120-volt outlets and USB ports for charging laptops, tablets and smartphones.
- Reclining seats.
- Overhead reading lights.
- And individual air vents.
In addition, each bus can carry up to eight bicycles.
The buses will be delivered this summer and will first operate as part of RTD’s regular fleet before the Flatiron Flyer service begins, RTD said.
By 2035, the ridership is expected to be 20,400.
“The arrival of the Flatiron Flyer is an important milestone in the FasTracks plan, which has included light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit from the start,” said Dave Genova, RTD interim general manager and CEO.
For more information, check RTD’s website here
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