RTD and NETC find a replacement for Route 89
Denver, CO, USA – November 14, 2017 – Due to low ridership, RTD’s Route 89 will be discontinued in January of 2018. Recognizing the importance of the route to local residents—especially those in Mercy Housing’s Bluff Lake Apartments—Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC) has advocated for continued service to the area, and RTD has found a solution: extend the alignment of Route 34 from Central Park Station to the Eastbridge area in the Stapleton neighborhood.
For the past several years, Route 89 has served Central Park Station, Central Park Rec Center, the Bluff Lake Apartments, and the Anschutz Medical Campus. According to Jeff Dunning, RTD’s Senior Service Planner/Scheduler, the 89 has operated for three years past the usual period of evaluation with ridership lower than RTD’s usual requirements.
The 89 gets an average of 8 passengers per hour, not enough to make the route financially sustainable. However, the service it provides to lower-income residents living in the Bluff Lake Apartments is vital to their mobility and access to local amenities such as grocery stores. A public hearing was held at the Central Park Rec Center on September 21st for community members to voice their concerns on the issue.
After considering this public input and NETC’s request for action, RTD decided to extend Route 34 from Central Park Station to the Eastbridge area in the Stapleton neighborhood. The new routing will extend the route from Central Park Station via Central Park Blvd and Martin Luther King Blvd as far east as Iola Street (one block east of Havana Street). This offsets the discontinuance of Route 89, maintaining service to the Mercy Housing development and access to grocers and the greater transit network.
Route 89 will cease service on Friday, January 12th, 2018.
The Route 34 extension will begin on Monday, January 15th, 2018.
Northeast Transportation Connections is a sustainability initiative under the Stapleton Foundation. Its mission is to work with the public and private sectors to reduce single occupant vehicle travel, to improve mobility, and to establish sustainable transportation throughout the northeast Denver area by creating, supporting, and promoting an array of transportation options for commuters, residents, students, and visitors.
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