Q. Why do the Federal Center and Jeffco Government Center Stations have 3 rail lines/station platforms as opposed to the typical 2?
A. Both the Federal Center and Jeffco Stations operate as "end of the line stations" since two out of three trains will end at those locations during peak travel times. The third track allows trains to be held there to move out in the morning or before evening rush, or for emergency situations, or even just for additional train storage.
Q. Where is the West Rail Line?A. The West Rail Line travels from Denver Union Station (in downtown Denver near the Auraria campus) to the Jefferson County Government Center. The alignment will follow 13th Avenue through the Two Creeks and Eiber neighborhoods and then turn south through the Lakewood Industrial Park (just west of Oak Street) where it crosses 6th Avenue into the Federal Center. After leaving the Federal Center, the line will travel along the south side of 6th Avenue until east of Indiana Street where the tracks cross back to the north side of 6th Avenue and continue to the Jeffco Government Center. View our flyover video that shows station locations and alignment.
Q. How loud will the LRT be and will there be vibration from the trains?
A. The study team has identified all sources of noise and vibration, any facilities or homes that might be impacted, and mitigation measures. In general, at speeds that light rail is anticipated to operate in the parks and adjacent to residences, it has been proven to be so quiet that trains must be equipped with a system of bells and whistles as a safety precaution.
Q. How much parking will there be?
A. More than 4,500 new parking spaces are planned along the line. Parking is planned at the Decatur/Federal, Sheridan, Wadsworth, Oak, Federal Center and Jeffco Government Center Stations.
Q. How will RTD mitigate traffic congestion around stations with park-n-Rides?
A. The technical team is looking very closely at the most efficient flow of traffic in and out of all park-n-Rides. Traffic efficiencies will be achieved through access modifications, signal improvements and alternative routes into and out of the park-n-Rides that minimize traffic congestion. Transportation improvements on the West Rail Line are meant to improve congestion beyond what the traffic would be otherwise.
Q. What streets will be closed along the line?
A. There are seven permanent street closures finalized on the West Rail Line. They are Marshall, Otis, Vance, Allison, Brentwood, Holland and Nelson Streets. 13th Avenue will still be open; the route will just require a right or left turn when arriving at any of the closed streets.
Q. What will the stations look like?
A. Please visit our Photos page to view progress of the stations along the Rail Line.
Q. How safe is Light Rail?
A. Research indicates the LRT is safer than automobile traffic. In many parts of the country, including downtown Denver, light rail lines run along city streets with a limited number of incidents. Still, RTD continually evaluates ways to make LRT even safer. Safety is one of the top priorities for all FasTracks corridors.
Q. How will light rail affect my property's value?
A. Property values may decrease during construction. However, in other markets where LRT was implemented, property values of homes and businesses within a half-mile of a station increased in value once the line was open. In Portland, Oregon residential and commercial property values continue to rise. Transit Oriented Development is one great benefit of Light Rail.
Q. How much right-of-way is needed to build light rail along the West alignment?
A. While this number can vary depending on exact locations along the alignment, in general, light rail needs a minimum of 32 feet to run a double track system, excluding stations and park-n-Ride locations.
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