1. Plan

  2. Community Engagement

  3. Design

  4. Build

  5. Complete

Completion Date
Current Phase

Project Overview

The Downtown Boulder Station Expansion Project will increase transit service capacity at the bus station and improve route efficiency and the transit rider experience.

Planned improvements include:

  • Redesigning 14th Street between Canyon Boulevard and north of Arapahoe Avenue to provide five additional bus gates that will accommodate existing and future transit services that stop and lay over at the Downtown Boulder Station.
  • Adding on-street bus stop and layover space, wider sidewalks, information kiosks, signage, wayfinding, urban design and landscaping treatments.
  • Add accessibility improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design guidelines.
3d overview of the downtown boulder station expansion project highlighting canyon boulevard to arapahoe street
14th Street Transit Street Design Concept.

Project Background

As of 2019, the Downtown Boulder Station serves nearly the same number of bus routes as Denver’s Union Station, but occupies less than one-eighth of Union Station’s space and has half the gate capacity. Downtown Boulder Station serves over 1,200 daily bus trips and over 3,300 passenger boardings with an estimated 420 passengers boarding buses at the station during rush hour. The majority of the daily bus trips and passenger demand is for regional transit routes. Station capacity needs are only expected to grow, particularly with the coming bus rapid transit (BRT) planned for along SH 119/Canyon (between downtown Boulder and Longmont) and along SH 7/Arapahoe between downtown Boulder and Brighton.

This project addresses the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)’s Metro Vision focus areas, including improvements to the mobility infrastructure serving regional and local travel needs and increasing the reliability of the existing multimodal transportation network.

This project also supports our Transportation Master Plan goals, including reducing single-occupancy (SOV) mode share to 60 percent of work trips for non-residents and 20 percent of all trips for residents by 2030.


The $982,000 project budget breakdown is as follows:

  • $370,000 Denver Regional Council of Government (DRCOG) Subregional Share (40%)

  • $389,200 City of Boulder (40%)

  • $200,000 RTD (20%)

Downtown Boulder Station Study

The Downtown Boulder Station Expansion Project is a result of the larger Downtown Boulder Station Study that looked at how the relocation and redevelopment of Boulder's premier transit station could best serve the needs of current and future transit riders.

The city, in partnership with Boulder County, RTD and Via Mobility Services, identified the 1400 block of Canyon, originally identified in the 2007 FasTracks Local Optimization Facilities Study as a potential future site for Downtown Boulder Station.

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, the Downtown Boulder Station Improvements Project will provide additional capacity to the station on 14th Street south of Canyon Boulevard.