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Undergraduate Capstone Project

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College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment


Denver, Colorado, Light rail, Public transportation, Access, Barriers to access


Denver, Colorado has a long history of public transportation usage beginning with horse-drawn streetcars in 1871. As the automobile began to flourish however, the use of public transportation has languished. In 2013, the W light rail line opened serving the West Denver area. As Denver has moved toward a more transit-oriented growth model, this rail line can create a more vibrant future. Using GIS, a better understanding of the barriers to access for light rail travel is obtained and considering key variables outputs are created to assist policy makers in utilizing the W line. By using GIS to address population increase, crime, accessibility, walkability, and traveler satisfaction, barriers to access on the RTD W Line are identified.

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