Northwest Rail, other projects to be the focus of Board study session on Feb. 9

The Regional Transportation District continues to face one pervasive question from residents, businesses and leaders in the northwest part of its service district: Where’s my train?

The Northwest Rail Line – the extension of RTD’s B Line to Boulder and Longmont – is a hot topic these days. For those unfamiliar, the project is one of five not yet completed as part of FasTracks, RTD’s transit expansion program approved by voters in 2004. While many miles of light rail and commuter rail track have been laid throughout the agency’s service district, the Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service has launched and Denver Union Station was completed as an intermodal hub, only a portion of the Northwest Rail has been completed. The B Line currently extends from Denver to Westminster.

There’s a lot for people to know about the facts that lead RTD to the current state of Northwest Rail. So that everyone has the facts surrounding the project, the RTD Board of Directors will hold a study session on Feb. 9 to educate stakeholders and the public about FasTracks and the Northwest Rail Line. The Board and General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson look forward to an open and transparent dialogue about how we can work with regional partners to identify opportunities to move the project forward. To learn how you can listen in on next month’s virtual Board meeting, click here. 

In a Jan. 22 letter to Johnson, Gov. Jared Polis stated that “it is imperative that RTD fulfill its binding promise codified by voters when they passed FasTracks, and complete the Northwest Rail Line.” The full text of that letter is here.

Johnson replied to Polis today, noting her commitment “to working with stakeholders on how best to provide mobility options to serve transit customers across the whole Denver metro region.” She invited Polis and his staff to participate in the Feb. 9 study session.

Specific to the Northwest Rail Line, she said, “I am keenly aware of the commitment made as part of the FasTracks transit expansion program and the fact that funding must be secured to complete the project at this juncture. Please know, I look forward to engaging with you and our shared community partners to explore ideas on serving our customers in the northwest area.” To read the full text of Johnson’s letter, click here.