The Quality of Life (QoL) Study is RTD's data-driven evaluation of progress toward meeting the FasTracks Program goals.
The three goals:
- Balance transit needs with regional growth
- Increase transit mode share
- Improve transportation choices and options
Below are some of the key findings from the Quality of Life Study. Please see the full report for more details.
Miles of Rapid Transit
The rapid transit network has more than doubled in the past 10 years. It will continue to grow as future FasTracks lines open. From 2006 to 2017, RTD increased the number of rapid transit miles from 46 to 118 total miles - an increase of 72 miles across the Metro Denver region.
Transit Boardings by Service Type
In 2017, RTD had 361,800 average weekday boardings. This was 4% higher than 2011, but a slight decrease (0.2%) from 2016. The majority of ridership continues to be served by bus.
Transit Boardings by Line
Ridership on rapid transit lines has remained relatively steady. The E, F and H Lines have the highest ridership and continue to increase. The University of Colorado A Line experienced a 20% increase in ridership in 2017, one year after opening.
Travel Time and Variability
Transit and auto travel times were comparable in 5 of the 7 open rapid transit corridors. The open corridors include the W Line, B Line, Flatiron Flyer, D Line, F Line, R Line, and the University of Colorado A Line. In 2017, variability added an average of 13% to transit travel times and 60% to auto travel times
Travel to Park-n-Rides
In 2017, the median trip distance from Park-n-Ride users’ homes to a Park-n-Ride was 3.4 miles. Trips under 2 miles accounted for 25% of trips and trips under 1 mile accounted for 9% of trips. Additionally, 93% of Park-n-Ride users were in-district, while 7% were out-of-district.