Headwaters Economics

Denver Transit Equity Analysis

About the Denver Transit Equity Analysis

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is the regional authority operating public transit services in the Denver, Colorado, metro area. It serves an eight-county region and more than 2.8 million people. RTD is exploring opportunities to implement bus rapid transit service to address growing travel demand. Transit that enhances equity is a core principle for evaluating potential corridors.

To help inform transit equity decisions, Headwaters Economics, RTD, and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig developed this tool. It is designed to help assess which potential transit corridors are most likely to enhance mobility and equity for a wide range of users.

The tool shows potential bus rapid transit corridors and socioeconomic factors of nearby neighborhoods. Equity criteria include proportions of families in poverty, households without cars, people with disabilities, older adults, Hispanics and people of color, and people who work at low-wage jobs. Read more about the data sources and methods behind the tool.

Access to high-quality transit improves mobility and opportunity for all people. Prioritizing transit investments to benefit vulnerable populations makes cities more inclusive, improves community health, and creates long-term economic success.