Boulder is the county seat and most populous city of Boulder County and the 11th most populous city in Colorado. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m). The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver.
The United States Census Bureau reported that in 2010 the population of Boulder was 97,385, while the population of the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area was 294,567.
Boulder is famous for its colorful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest university. Furthermore, the city of Boulder frequently acquires top rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education, and art.
Boulder has considerable traffic in the mornings and afternoons, since many employees working in Boulder actually commute from Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Broomfield, Westminster and Denver. Served by US 36 and a variety of state highways, Boulder discourages parking by commuters and highly encourages mass transit.
Boulder has an extensive bus system operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The HOP, SKIP, JUMP, BOUND, DASH and STAMPEDE routes run throughout the city and connect to nearby communities with departures every ten minutes during peak hours, Monday-Friday.
Other routes, such as the 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209 and 225 depart every 15 to 30 minutes.
Regional routes, traveling between nearby cities such as Longmont (BOLT, J), Golden (GS), and Denver (BMX/BV/BX/DM/HX/S/T), as well as Denver International Airport (AB), are also available.
There are over 100 scheduled daily bus trips on seven routes that run between Boulder and Denver on weekdays. Route, schedule, and fare information is available on the RTD Web site, or by calling their Telephone Information Center at 303-299-6000.
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