The availability of good transportation
options is also an important consideration for
people who are considering moving to a new
city. Located almost exactly in the center of
the country, Denver is a hub for national and
international business, a distribution center
for goods and services, and a destination for
travel and leisure opportunities.
For example, the Colorado Convention
Center holds more than 250 events each
year, bringing in hundreds of millions of
dollars for the city in the process. The metro
area’s network of transportation options and
roadways give visitors and residents alike an
easy commute and convenient access to area
businesses, shopping, entertainment, recreational activities and services.
Metro Denver’s extensive transportation
system is transforming to meet the needs
of the area’s growing population—now and
into the future. Expansion and improvement
projects over the past 15 years have made it
easier for the region’s residents to get around
using a variety of transportation modes. The
T-REX project in 2006 brought light rail to
the metro area, making mass transportation
a possibility for thousands of people (see
sidebar). The region is continually working
to further develop the transportation system,
with projects like Fas Tracks—a multi-billion
dollar comprehensive transit expansion plan
to build 122 miles of new commuter rail
and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit,
21,000 new parking spaces at light rail and
bus stations, and enhanced bus service for
easy, convenient bus/rail connections across
the eight-county district. The following
section highlights Denver’s major highways
Metro Denver’s network of streets, freeways
and highways connects the region.
• I-225 runs north from I- 25 to I- 70,
connecting the southeast area of metro
access to the western foothills.
downtown Denver and Boulder.
• Denver sits at the crossroads of three
major interstates—I- 25 is the north-south
route,;while;both;I- 70;and;I- 76;provide
Metro Denver is about three-quarters of the
way encircled by a beltway that connects
the area’s towns. An environmental impact
statement study is investigation options for
completing the last portion of the metro-
politan beltway in northwestern Jefferson
County. The beltway includes:
is vitally helpful to the region, making it
possible to move people and goods effi-
ciently through the western and southern
part of the metro region.
eastern perimeter of the metro area, from
(south of Denver), before going east and
extends to Denver International Airport,
before turning west and ending at the
north metro part of I- 25.
Avenue in metro Denver.
Boulder Municipal Airport
3300 Airport Road
Boulder Municipal Airport serves Boulder
and its surrounding communities, providing
business, private, recreational and emergency aviation services. The airport does not
offer any commercial airline service.
Located in Englewood, Centennial Airport
is one of the most active business airports in
the nation. It serves as a major local reliever
airport for Denver International Airport,
offering charter, air ambulance, check trans-
port, and air cargo services.
Denver International Airport (DIA)
15th busiest in the world, Denver International
Airport (DIA) serves more than 52 million
passengers each year. The airport is also one
of the world’s largest, at 53 square miles, six
runways, and 89 gates. DIA is Denver’s link to
destinations around the world and is the main
hub for Frontier Airlines. DIA drives Colorado’s economy, generating more than $26
billion for the region annually. The airport’s
Jeppesen Terminal is internationally recognized for its peaked room, meant to evoke
Front Range Airport
Front Range Airport is conveniently located
just six miles southeast of Denver International Airport. The airport has three
runways for general aviation aircraft and
is an economic engine for Adams County,
providing jobs, revenue and aviation services
for a growing market.
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
is Jefferson County’s corporate reliever
airport and offers services for charter and
Highway 36 between Denver and Boulder.
Jefferson County owns and operates this
and free parking.