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Downtown Boulder Station


Downtown Boulder Station (at 14th Street and Walnut Street) is a longstanding fixture of the community's central civic area. In recent years, the transit station has had more buses and passengers than its current size was designed to serve. Today, the station serves nearly the same number of bus routes as Denver's Union Station, but it occupies less than one-eighth of Union Station's space and has half the gate capacity. An estimated 420 passengers currently board buses at Downtown Boulder Station during rush hour. Boulder's demand for high-capacity transit will continue to grow with the implementation of the Northwest Area Mobility Study. Peak demand could double over the next 20 years. If this happens, the station would need to expand from its current holding capacity of 19 buses by adding five to seven additional bus bays.   

What is the Downtown Boulder Station Study?

The purpose of the Downtown Boulder Station Study is to determine how the relocation and redevelopment of Boulder's premier transit station could best serve the needs of current and future transit riders. This study will develop recommendations for the location and design through technical analysis and community outreach. 

In mid-2017, the project team, which includes staff from the City of Boulder, Boulder County, RTD and Via Mobility Services, began exploring and identifying potential sites that could accommodate future needs. The site on the 1400 block of Canyon, originally identified in the 2007 FasTracks Local Optimization Facilities Study pdf as a potential future site, rose to the top of the list for more in-depth analysis.

Through late 2018, staff will continue to develop a strategy and work plan for more detailed study of this site.

The vision to relocate the downtown station is a long-term solution that could take 10-20 years to realize and would require funding from multiple sources.

In the interim, to accommodate existing needs for additional capacity, 14th Street south of Canyon Boulevard is being studied as a transit street that would provide additional bus stop and layover space on-street. This would act as an extension of the existing transit street on 14th Street north of Canyon Boulevard. Staff is further developing designs and will seek funds in early 2019.

In addition to the 14th Street expansion, staff is working on creating on-street transit stop improvements on Canyon Boulevard as part of the design of the Canyon Corridor Complete Streets Study. These stops can serve local and regional routes to expand capacity in the near- and mid-term.

Public Engagement

The City of Boulder will need your help planning the future of Downtown Boulder Station. Over the coming months the community will be asked to provide input on the location and design of Downtown Boulder Station's redevelopment. 

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For more information, please contact Natalie Stiffler, senior transportation planner, at [email protected]

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