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Westminster Station progress update

Get the latest on progress on the first stop along the Northwest Rail's B line. The Westminster station will open in 2016. Passengers will travel between Union Station and this station in 11 minutes. Read more.

Northwest Rail Line open house & pancake breakfast

2015 Gold <br />Line/Northwest Rail Line open house
Gold/Northwest Rail lines 2015 open house

400 people attended the 2015 Gold/Northwest Rail lines open house and pancake breakfast. See more about it here and find out how you can get the latest progress updates on the commuter rail projects.

RTD moving forward with new Bus Rapid Transit in northwest area

The RTD Board of Directors has given the go-ahead to move forward with an additional transit project.

At the regular Board meeting July 15, 2014, the RTD Board authorized a
$75 million bus rapid transit or BRT route along Colorado Highway 119 in
the northwest area.

Telephone Town Hall meetings held

Several RTD board directors hosted telephone town hall meetings in May and June. Thousands of people were able to call in and find out the latest information about the Northwest Rail Line and the FasTracks program in general.

You can listen to an audio recording or read a transcript from the telephone town hall meeting for your district.

Find out which district you live in here.

Initial recommendations released

NAMS LogoRTD held a series of three public meetings in January to seek input and provide an update on the progress of the Northwest Area Mobility Study.

The study team also released initial recommendations during the course of
the meetings. Follow this link to read more about that.

See details about what was presented at the public meetings here.

Northwest Area Mobility Study update

The Northwest Area Mobility Study is getting started. It's a 13-month effort that will develop a prioritized list of mobility improvements for the Northwest area of the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) service area.

HNTB Corporation has been approved by the RTD Board as the consultant team to lead the Northwest Area Mobility Study. See more about the study here.

The purpose of the study is to develop consensus among RTD, CDOT and corridor stakeholders, including local jurisdictions, on cost-effective mobility improvements to serve the northwest area.

The analysis should provide RTD with a prioritized list of improvements which will have the support of all interested parties.

HNTB will develop base year capital, operations and maintenance cost estimates, and conduct fatal flaw analyses of technical, financial and environmental issues related to the improvements. The study is expected to be completed by early 2014.

HNTB was recently listed in the top three firms nationwide for all six categories of the "Go-To List" of 2012 Top Design Firms from Roads & Bridges magazine, taking top honors in four of the six. HNTB ranked as the No. 1design firm in the categories of road and highway, bridge, design-build and mass transit.

Northwest Rail to South Westminster Breaks Ground

The groundbreaking included six members of the public planting garden stakes in the holes dug by the speakers (in orange vests). From left to right are: Phil Washington, RTD GM; Bob Eck, Design West Studio; Skip Fischer, Adams County Commissioner; Gary Shea, Westminster Progressive Homeowners Association; Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally; Phil Bryant, Qualimage; Skeet Hartman, Import Auto Care; Larry Hoy, RTD Director, District J; Greg Amparano, Denver Transit Partner Project Director; Jared Carlon, Norris Design; Kevin Smith, VP of Finance for South Westminster Arts Group; and John Tayer, RTD Director, District O.

The Northwest Rail Line broke ground June 28, 2012, near the site of the future Westminster Station in the 6900 block of Grove Street. This represented the start of construction on the first segment of the line.
"Planting Progress, Local Jobs...Local Business...Local People" was the theme of the event as RTD teams with local partners to "plant the future" with local jobs, mobility, economic development and opportunity.

This 6.2-mile segment of the Northwest Rail Line--from Denver Union Station to south Westminster (71st Ave. and Lowell Blvd.)--is funded as part of the Eagle P3 project. It  is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Click on Eagle P3 project for more information about the project. 

Board Approves $17 Million for Longmont Station

A remaining $305 million in short-term funds is available for project either not yet in construction or under contract. The RTD Board decided that the most technically feasible way to use these funds is the following:
  • U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit--Complete managed lanes to Interlocken ($90
  • million)
  • North Metro Rail Line--Complete from DUS to Stock Show Complex ($90
  • million)
  • I-225 Rail Line--Complete from Nine-Mile to Iliff ($90 million)
  • Northwest Rail Line--Complete Longmont Station ($17 million)
  • Central Rail Extension--Additional technical analysis ($0.5 million)
  • Southeast Rail Extension--Final design & federal environmental process ($9 million)
  • Southwest Rail Extension--Relocate Union Pacific Railroad track ($8.5
  • million)
For a fact sheet on the projects funded by the $305 million, click here.

Release of the Northwest Rail Final Environmental Evaluation 
Since 2007, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) has been studying the impacts of providing rail service from Denver to Longmont in the Northwest Rail Environmental Evaluation (EE) as part of the voter-approved RTD FasTracks Program. Northwest Rail  Line (NWR) is a proposed 41-mile commuter rail line from Denver Union Station to Longmont passing through North Denver, Adams County, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville and Boulder.

RTD has released the NWR Final EE to the public. The release of the document concludes the environmental study and planning phase for this project. This action allows the project to move towards final design, construction, and operation as funding becomes available for the FasTracks Program.

As the project advances, RTD will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies, local jurisdictions, stakeholder groups and members of the general public along the Northwest Rail Line to address issues or concerns relating to this project.

NWR Project website:       www.rtd-fastracks.com
RTD FasTracks Hotline:     303-299-2000
Northwest Rail Liaison:      M. Marta Sipeki

Thank you for your continued interest in the Northwest Rail project. For more information about RTD FasTracks and to find out about the progress being made on other projects visit www.rtd-fastracks.com.

Si usted tiene preguntas, o para información en español sobre este proyecto, por favor llamar al 720-936-1769.

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