Boul­der bus sta­tion is so busy, short­, long­term fixes sought

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Shay Cas­tle

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.”

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