Transit System Plan
A major element of the city's Transportation Master Plan is the high-frequency Community Transit Network (CTN). This system had been developed to address the most common barriers to transit use, such as infrequent service and indirect routes. The transit service is strongly supported by marketing and education and transit pass programs such as the Eco Pass that make the service easy to use.
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.
- 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 the Boulder Transit Village.
- 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 the Boulder Transit Village, 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.
Transit "Super Stops" are locations where multiple transit services meet that provide for a pleasant and convenient transfer between transit services and that connect passengers with community activity centers. These key locations will often require greater amenities than bus stops, but do not require the level of investment of stations.
Super stops could include amenities for transferring transit customers (such as shelter, seating, schedule information, fare payment systems, supporting retail, etc.) and quality connections to important community destinations (such as improved roadway crossings, multi-paths, pedestrian connections, signage and wayfinding systems).