B Line (RTD)

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B Line
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Bridge carrying B and G lines over freight lines and South Platte River
Overview
StatusOperating in truncated segment
Owner Regional Transportation District
Locale Denver metropolitan area
Termini Union Station
Westminster (initial)
Downtown Longmont (proposed)
Stations4
8 (proposed)
Website Official website
Service
Type Commuter rail
System Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Denver Transit Partners
Rolling stock Hyundai Rotem, Silverliner V
History
OpenedJuly 25, 2016 (2016-07-25)
Technical
Line length6.2 miles (10 km) (initial segment)
41 miles (66 km) (proposed)
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification 25  kV AC (60 Hz) overhead lines [1]
Route diagram

Contents

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extension
to Longmont
(TBD)
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Downtown Longmont
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Gunbarrel
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Boulder Junction
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Louisville
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Flatiron
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Wadsworth
Boulevard
)
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Church Ranch
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Colorado 95.svg SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard)
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Westminster
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US 287.svg US 287 (Federal Boulevard)
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Fare Zone Boundary
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Pecos Junction
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CRMF
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41st & Fox
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Union Station
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The B Line, also known as the Northwest Rail Line during construction, is a commuter rail line which is part of the commuter and light rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. [2] Part of the FasTracks project, the first 6.2-mile (10 km) section from downtown Denver to south Westminster opened on July 25, 2016. [3] If fully built out, estimated around 2042, [4] the B Line will be a 41-mile (66 km) high-capacity route from Denver Union Station to Longmont, passing through North Denver, Adams County, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville and Boulder. [2]

Route

The B Line's southern terminus is at Union Station in Denver. It runs on a railroad right-of-way north sharing track with the G Line until Pecos Junction station, after which the two routes diverge. Initially, the B Line continues north to its terminus at Westminster station; [5] this is completed in approximately 15 minutes.

Stations

NameOpening YearInterchangeMunicipality / CDP Park-n-Ride?Status
B Line (Union Station – Downtown Longmont)
Union Station 2014  A  ,   G   &   N   Lines
  C  ,   E  , &   W   Lines
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FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver NoOpen
41st & Fox 2019  G   Line Denver YesOpen
Pecos Junction 2019  G   Line North Washington YesOpen
Westminster 2016None Westminster YesOpen
Church RanchTBANone Westminster YesProposed
FlatironTBANone Broomfield YesProposed
LouisvilleTBANone Louisville YesProposed
Boulder JunctionTBANone Boulder YesProposed
GunbarrelTBANone Boulder YesProposed
Downtown LongmontTBANone Longmont YesProposed

FasTracks

In 2004, Colorado voters approved FasTracks, a multibillion-dollar public transportation expansion plan. As part of the Eagle P3 project, the first segment of the B Line opened on July 25, 2016. The remaining segment, extending to downtown Longmont, will require additional funding [6] in order to be completed prior to 2042. [4] The announcement angered many voters in the cities and suburbs north of Denver, who had approved a sales tax increase in 2004 to fund the FasTracks project. [7] [8] [4]

The downturn in the economy, poor cost projections that significantly underestimated construction costs and other reasons led to the initiation of the year-long "Northwest Area Mobility Study" for what was then known as the Northwest Rail line. Out of this study came an agreement between northwest area governments and transportation partners to build a line very different from what the lines voters originally approved. The study concluded in 2014. It made a number of recommendations that were adopted by the RTD. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

In summer 2018, the U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition was gathering support from other members to ask RTD to provide an estimate for at least weekday rush hour commuter rail service along the original corridor to Longmont. [14] In spring 2019, Longmont City Council asked RTD to look into the barebones "Peak Service Plan". RTD estimated a start-up cost of $117 million, serving an initial weekday ridership of 1,400. By mid-2019, completion of the full original line was estimated at $1.1-1.5 billion (in 2013 dollars), targeted for 2042, 25 years after the original planned opening. [15] In early 2020, RTD estimated it could construct the rest of the line for peak-direction service at a cost of $700-800 million; full-day service would not be expected until 2050 at a final cost of $1.5 billion. [4]

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Regional Transportation District

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F Line (RTD)

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R Line (RTD)

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H Line (RTD)

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W Line (RTD)

The W Line, also called the West Rail Line, is a light rail line in Denver, Lakewood, and Golden, Colorado, United States. The W Line was the first part of FasTracks to break ground, on May 16, 2007. The line, the only line to traverse the West Corridor, opened for service on Friday, April 26, 2013.

A Line (RTD) Commuter rail line in Colorado

The A Line, officially called the University of Colorado A Line for sponsorship reasons, is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail line serving Denver and Aurora, Colorado, operating between Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport (DIA). During planning and construction the A Line was also known as the East Rail Line, which it is now infrequently called. Most locals refer to it as simply the A Line. Despite its official title, the line does not serve the campuses of the University of Colorado.

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G Line (RTD)

The G Line, also known as the Gold Line during construction, is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) electric commuter rail line between Denver Union Station and Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Long scheduled to open in October 2016, the opening was delayed until mid-2019. The reason specified for the delay was timing issues experienced by the other commuter rail lines in the RTD system, which currently require a Federal Railroad Administration waiver to operate their grade crossings manually, and the wireless crossing system used by those lines.

N Line (RTD) Commuter rail line in the Denver metropolitan area

The N Line, also known as the North Metro Rail Line during construction, is a commuter rail line which is part of the commuter and light rail system owned by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. The first 13 miles (21 km) from downtown Denver to 124th Avenue in Thornton opened as part of the FasTracks expansion plan on September 21, 2020. When fully built out the line will be 18.5 miles (29.8 km) long and pass through Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn, and Thornton. The N Line features Colorado's longest bridge at 9,533 feet called the Skyway Bridge. While other RTD commuter lines are operated by Denver Transit Partners for RTD, this is the only line operated by RTD itself.

Flatiron Flyer Express bus system in Colorado, USA

Flatiron Flyer is an 18-mile (29 km) express bus system between Denver, Aurora, and Boulder, Colorado, traveling along U.S. Route 36. Different levels of service are available, including a non-stop from Boulder to Union Station in high-occupancy toll lanes, and all-stop, which serves six park-and-rides along U.S. Route 36 in normal highway lanes. The line branches out to different destinations in Denver, Aurora and Boulder. The Regional Transportation District operates the line, opened on January 3, 2016. The ITDP classified the system as "not bus rapid transit", due to the use of lanes shared with private cars along US 36, lack of street level boarding/alighting and the lack of an off-board fare system. This new system has been criticized as bus rapid transit creep.

Peoria station

Peoria station, also known as Peoria/Smith station, is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) station in Aurora, Colorado. The station is served by the A Line, a commuter rail line from Union Station in Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport, and the R Line, a light rail line crossing through Aurora and South to Lone Tree. A Line travel times from the station to Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport are about 17 and 20 minutes, respectively. Peoria station is the northern terminus of the R Line with a travel time of 58 minutes to the southern terminus at Lincoln station.

Westminster station (RTD)

Westminster is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station on the B Line in Westminster, Colorado, part of the Denver metropolitan area. The station opened on July 25, 2016, and became the interim northern terminus of the B Line until extensions north toward Boulder and Longmont are built. From Westminster, B Line trains travel 6 miles (9.7 km) south to Union Station in Denver, taking about 11 minutes.

Fitzsimons station

Fitzsimons station is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail station on the R Line in Aurora, Colorado. The station is located along the north side of Fitzsimons Parkway along Sand Creek Park and serves the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus via a free shuttle bus.

Wheat Ridge/Ward station

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References

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  6. Regional Transport District. "Northwest Corridor FAQ". Regional Transport District. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. Whaley, Monte (August 10, 2012). "RTD officials face legislative grilling over commuter rail delay". The Denver Post. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  8. Thomas, Dillon (10 August 2018). "Boulder County Cities Want Share Of FasTracks". CBS4 Denver. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
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  10. "Boulder concerned about RTD transit plan along U.S. 36". Boulder Daily Camera.
  11. "RTD proposes cut of direct Boulder service". The Denver Post.
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