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Transit Planning

Transit Planning

  • Boulder has a national reputation for having a great transit system!
  • Our community has worked hard to build a successful Community Transit Network.
  • Boulderites far exceed the national average for transit use.

Ridership on Boulder’s local transit routes has grown 300 percent since 1990.

Despite this success:

  • Ridership during the last several years is declining;
  • Costs are going up; and
  • Under current trends, operating costs for transit will increase and local bus service hours will decline.

Transit Service Delivery Study

The City of Boulder's Transit Service Delivery Study will evaluate the feasibility of alternative transit funding, operating, and partnership arrangements that could improve transit mobility within, to and from the City of Boulder. 

The questions this study will ask are two-fold: 

  1. How can the current service delivery structure deliver the Renewed Vision for Transit, and where are the challenges? 
  2. What are potential alternative funding, operating and governance/partnership structures that can optimize opportunities to implement the Renewed Vision for Transit? 

Learn More Here

Transit Modal Plan and Renewed Vision for Transit

The 2014 TMP called for an update to the city's Renewed Vision for Transit. This work was completed as part of the 2014 Transit Modal Plan, and is contained within the document. The Renewed Vision for Transit captures the Boulder's immediate, near term, and long term hopes for the city's transit system.

Transit Modal Plan pdf including the Renewed Vision for Transit.


The State of the System Report documents the existing conditions of the local and regional transit system and provides statistics and trends associated with the performance of the system. The report will help lay the groundwork to develop the renewed vision under the city's early action items and long-term transit strategies.


Successful Transit

Making transit a viable and used mode of transportation requires five key ingredients:

  • Route structure: Does the service take you from where you begin your trip to your destination?
  • Hours of service: Is the service available when you want to take your trip?
  • Frequency: Is the service
    convenient so you do not have a long wait for the bus?
  • Vehicles: Are the vehicles inviting and user friendly? and;
  • Pass programs: Does the fare system encourage the efficient use of transit while generating sufficient revenue?

The success of the CTN service demonstrates that all five ingredients are provided.

Key components of the CTN system

  • Direct service from point A to point B;
  • Schedule free service at 10 minutes or less from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
  • Community-based design for a unique and inviting identity;
  • Appropriately sized buses that are warm, friendly and family-oriented with large doors and windows;
  • Bus drivers as community ambassadors;
  • Supported by pass programs that eliminate the need for exact change and speed boarding;
  • Strong continuous transit marketing and education program;
  • Seamless interface between bus, bike and pedestrian facilities;
  • Effective transit connections between regional and local systems;
  • System based on strong partnerships between the city, county, CU and other local governments; and
  • Transit supported by adjacent land use and high quality urban design.

The long-range vision for the transit system includes 13 high frequency routes with linkages and connections at transit super stops throughout the community, and major transit centers providing regional connections in the downtown, CU, and at Boulder Junction.

Transit Policies

  • The city will work to incrementally improve and expand the high-frequency transit service provided by the Community Transit Network (CTN) throughout Boulder County, including introducing timed transfers and implementing an expanded transit information system including real-time transit information.
  • The city will improve transit access through a variety of capital improvements including Boulder Junction, transit super stops, transit priority lanes, improved bike parking and continuous pedestrian connections.
  • The city will support improved regional service between Boulder and its sister cities in Boulder County and in the U.S. 36 corridor between Boulder and Denver.
  • The city will continue to expand the existing pass programs (Eco Pass, CU Pass, BVSD Pass) and develop new applications of the group pass concept to improve transit accessibility and to increase transit demand.