About The ProjectThe Gold Line is an 11.2-mile commuter rail transit line that will run along the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad routes from Union Station to Wheat Ridge, passing through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. The Gold Line is part of FasTracks, RTD's voter-approved program to expand rail and bus service across the greater Denver metro area. The Gold Line will serve seven stations, including 41st•Fox, Pecos Junction, Clear Creek•Federal, 60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike, Olde Town Arvada, Arvada Ridge and Wheat Ridge•Ward. The Gold Line is scheduled to open in 2016.
Technology: Electric commuter rail (click here for more information about commuter rail technology)
Route: Begins at Union Station and ends at Ward Road. The Gold Line and Northwest Rail (the FasTracks project that will connect downtown Denver to Boulder and Longmont) will share the alignment from Union Station to Pecos Street. Between Denver Union Station and Pecos Street, the alignment runs immediately east of the rail yards. From Pecos Street to Ward Road, the route is within the BNSF-Union Pacific (BN-UP) railroad corridor on the north side of the existing freight railroad tracks.
Stations: 41st•Fox, Pecos Junction, Clear Creek•Federal, 60th &
Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike, Olde Town Arvada, Arvada Ridge and Wheat
Length: 11.2 miles
Total Travel Time (from Denver Union Station to Ward Road): 25 minutes
Projected Ridership (average number of weekday riders): 16,800-20,100
2030 Parking Demand: 2,890-4,130 spaces (depending on frequency of service)
Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
The Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF) will service the trains for all FasTracks commuter rail projects (East Corridor, Gold Line, North Metro and Northwest Rail) and is located adjacent to the Gold Line, immediately north of 48th Avenue on what is known as the Fox North Site. The CRMF will include a maintenance shop, a rail storage yard, employee facilities, administrative offices, employee parking facilities and other maintenance facilities. More information is available on the CRMF webpage.