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Denver Radically Expanded Its Transit. So Why Are More People Driving Cars?

The “most advanced transit city in the west” is having growing pains.
The intersection of 18th and California in Denver, with lane coloring added by the Transit Alliance to demonstrate how various forms of transit could share a road.
The intersection of 18th and California in Denver, with lane coloring added by the Transit Alliance to demonstrate how various forms of transit could share a road.Transit Alliance

The Mile High city punches above its weight when it comes to mass transit: Denver boasts the eighth-largest rail system in the United States, radiating out of what’s only the 19th most populous town.

That’s because of FasTracks. In 2004, with the hopes to cool congestion and brace for growth, Denver and communities in seven surrounding counties voted to expand public transit to the tune of $4.7 billion, adding 122 miles of commuter, light rail, and bus rapid transit lines across the region by 2018.