until this week, it looked like bus lanes weren’t in the cards for the city’s plan to widen Quebec Street from two lanes to four lanes between 13th and 26th avenues, but Denver Public Works will consider them after residents, advocates, and City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman pushed for a more transit-focused project.
DPW is embarking on a federally mandated study of the project’s environmental impact, so “now is the time” to study the incorporation of transit lanes, said Nancy Kuhn, a DPW spokesperson.
The impetus for the Quebec Street widening, first pitched in the mid-1990s, has always been to relieve car congestion. Adding car lanes may provide short-term relief, but before long, they usually lead people to drive more, pumping more motor vehicle trips through city streets.
Paid For By Susman for City Council