Author

Ryan Ferriman

Date of Award

5-14-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Light rail, Denver, Colorado, Transit Oriented Development

Department

Geography

Abstract

This study evaluates how well the existing and proposed light rail and bus rapid transit lines in Denver serve residents who want to get by without a car. The number of residents and jobs within half mile and one mile walking distances of stations are calculated using network and buffer analysis methods. Results are compared to determine the accuracy benefit of conducting a network analysis rather than the more common buffer analysis. The study looks at ways to boost the number of residents and employees within walking distance by maximizing access around each station. It also quantifies the available land for Transit Oriented Development around each line since this type of development helps maximize the benefit of transit.

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