With the Rail~Volution conference headed to Denver in September, here are some nuggets (don’t groan) about the region. Come to Rail~Volution to get the stories beyond the facts. Prep here for any trivia contests you might happen upon while you’re in the region.
Denver Top in the Nation Lists
- Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers 2016 Ranking: Denver #1
- U.S. News Best Places to Live 2017: Denver #2 (#1 in 2016)
- WalletHub Best “big” cities 2017: Colorado Springs #5, Denver #9, Aurora #17 (via Denver Channel 7 ABC)
- Many lists rank Denver as first in the country for economic and job growth, as well as the best place for business and careers. It’s the second-best place in the country to launch a startup, the fifth highest in startup activity, and fifth best for millennial entrepreneurs according to various sources. Forty-two local startups raised $408,909,000 in venture capital in 2014-2015. (Via: Westword)
Denver RTD Rail System Map (Courtesy RTD)
The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) rail system includes nine rail lines with 53 stations along Denver’s North, East, Southeast, Southwest and West Rail Lines. RTD also operates the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit line between Denver and Boulder as well as more than 170 bus routes. FasTracks, the voter-approved transit expansion program, has transformed the Denver metro area.
FasTracks completed projects
- 2017 R Line connecting southeast Denver to Aurora and the A Line
- 2016 University of Colorado A Line—the train to the plane
- 2016 B Line to Westminster
- 2016 Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit connecting Denver to Boulder and destinations in-between
- 2014 Union Station
- 2014 Free MetroRide
- 2013 W Line between Denver, Lakewood, and Golden
Source: RTD Denver
Denver region 2010-2015
- 10% population growth
- 17% job growth
- 230% increase in housing starts
- 42% more people live near 15-minute transit service (119,400 more people)
- 25% growth in employment served by 15-minute transit service (102,300 more jobs)
- B-cycle stations added within half-mile of transit stations
- The W Line removed 30,000 miles of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) each weekday (9m miles annually).
- Between 2010 and 2015, 2,770 multi-family units, 130 hotel rooms, 900,500 square feet of office, and 77,600 square feet of retail were constructed near Union Station.
Source: RTD Quality of Life Report