Boulder bus station is so busy, short, longterm fixes sought
BOULD E R » More than 3,800 people stream through downtown Boulder’s bus station on a typical weekday, taking an average of 1,200 bus trips in and out of town — more bus trips than at Denver’s Union Station, which also is a hub for light rail.
Buses sit for a combined 60.9 hours a day, about 7.9 minutes at the Boulder station. Some of that time is spent sitting at gates, loading and unloading passengers, or waiting for a scheduled departure. Not all the buses are so purposeful in their parking: Some are just waiting for a spot to open.
The problem? There simply isn’t enough room for them all. Boulder’s downtown bus station is over ca pacity by nearly 20 percent as the demand for transit grows but the station doesn’t. Shortterm solutions are being pursued to ease the burden — but the real fix is a complete relocation, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.
“Nothing’s impossible,” said Natalie Stiffler, senior transportation planner for the city, “but it’s definitely a big project.”