Originally Posted by bunt_q
If this was the only slow jog, maybe it would be different. But this is going to be slow from Iliff all the way to the airport line. But anyways...that 2nd and Abilene Station says a lot about RTD. Make a major detour from the highway for one station, fine, but why wait until you get back to the highway and then immediately have a station there, rather than 1/4 mile to the south where it would be walkable to three times as much stuff? The answer, of course, is that they wanted a park-n-ride. The station locations are...odd.
My understanding is that the 2nd and Abilene station and the 13th station are largely there for their TOD potential. They can also initially develop those empty (greenfield?) lots near the station so they can get some quick TOD without having to re-develop.
The 2nd/Abilene and 13th stations will have park and rides, but they are similar in size to the one planned at 38th and Blake. IIRC the Abilene station intentionally has it's parking lot further away from the station so they can develop TOD closer to the platform.
But as is apparent the efficiency of the line has been compromised quite a bit (likely more than any other Fastracks line) in order to facilitate TOD. Maybe it will turn out to be a good thing or maybe it will backfire. If I lived near the DTC and wanted to take this to the airport line I may be a little upset with those compromises. If I lived in Aurora and this fuels some high quality TOD near the stations I think I would be happy with those compromises.
Fortunately over time RTD can find ways to make the LRT more efficient if needed. Initially signal prioritization, then bypassing busy intersections, and if needed full grade separation. The good part about this being at grade in Aurora is that it's going through a suburban street layout which results in less intersections which should make signal prioritization easier and more effective for a while.