Quality of Life Study

Purpose:

The Quality of Life (QoL) Study is RTD's data-driven evaluation of progress toward meeting the FasTracks Program goals.

The three goals:

  1. Balance transit needs with regional growth
  2. Increase transit mode share
  3. Improve transportation choices and options
Quality of Life Study

Study Scope

The Quality of Life (QofL) Study focuses on the “quality of life” in the context of those areas most affected by transit improvements and those specifically addressed in the FasTracks Plan: mobility, environment, economic activity, development, and land use.

Detailed Reports

The QoL Study is a multi-year monitoring program that began in 2006. RTD publishes detailed reports presenting data collected for all of the QoL measures every three to five years. Three detailed reports have been published with data focused on the key years of 2006, 2010 and 2015.

High Level Reports

High level reports provide the results for a subset of measures. The high level reports are provided annually between the detailed reports and serve to demonstrate the early effects of the Program in the years before and during construction. The latest high level report uses the most recent data available, primarily from 2016 and 2017, to highlight progress made towards completing the FasTracks projects and overall progress toward the goals.

Quality of Life High Level Report Quality of Life Highlight - 2017 Transit & Auto Travel Time Comparison

To request copies of previous year reports or to ask any questions regarding the Quality of Life Study, please contact qualityoflife@rtd-denver.com

Data Snapshots

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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