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    RTD's Train to Westminster to Bring Big Changes

    7/28/2016
    Article from Denver Business Journal, July 22, 2016
     
    Denver’s network of passenger rail lines is about to be expanded — again.

    The Regional Transportation District and its contractor, Denver Transit Partners, on Monday is opening the B Line between Denver Union Station and Westminster to passengers.

    The commuter rail line, which features the larger, faster rail cars compared to the long-running light rail lines, trundles 6.2 miles between Denver Union Station and the station at 71st Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. Travel time is 11 minutes between downtown and Westminster.

    The station has a parking garage that was built as part of a $70 million infrastructure upgrade of the surrounding area, said John Hall, Westminster’s economic development director.

    “Our vision is for this to be a new mixed-use urban neighborhood,” Hall said.

    “It’s not a Park-n-Ride, with asphalt parking. It has structure parking with land uses around it tied to retail, office and residential. We really want to leverage that 11-minute commute time from downtown. This is a great place to do business and it’s a great place to be,” Hall said.

    The Westminster line is the first segment of a total of 41-mile commuter rail line to Louisville, Boulder and Longmont that RTD has said it will build eventually when money becomes available.

    The B line’s average weekday ridership in 2016 is expected to be about 800 people.

    The B Line will operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Monday-Friday the train runs every 30 minutes during peak hours, 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., and every 60 minutes during non-peak hours. Weekends and holidays the train runs every hour.

    The fare is $2.60 each way.

    The parking garage will have 600 spaces, and it’s part of a complex at the station that includes a 40-acre public park on the southern edge.

    “We’re in the middle of putting together a draft land use plan for the area,” Hall said, adding that public hearings are expected to occur later this summer and into the fall.

    But the train is expected to bring in more people and spark more development and more jobs in the vicinity of the station.

    Currently the area sees about 600 people per day. That’s expected to jump to 2,600 per day. The number of residential units is expected to grow from the current 300 to more than 1,300, and the 130 jobs are expected to grow to about 1,800 jobs, Hall said.
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