B Line (RTD)

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B Line
B and G lines bridge over rails and South Platte River.jpg
Bridge carrying B and G lines over freight lines and South Platte River
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System Regional Transportation District
Status Operating in truncated segment
Locale Denver metropolitan area
Termini Union Station
Westminster (initial)
Downtown Longmont (proposed)
Stations 2 (initial segment)
2 (under construction)
8 (proposed)
Website Official website
Operation
Opened July 25, 2016 (2016-07-25)
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Denver Transit Partners
Rolling stock Hyundai Rotem, Silverliner V
Technical
Line length 6.2 miles (10 km) (initial segment)
41 miles (66 km) (proposed)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead lines, 25k V AC[1] 60 Hz
Route diagram
extension
to Longmont
(TBD)
extension
to Longmont
(TBD)
Downtown Longmont
Gunbarrel
Boulder Junction
Louisville
Flatiron
Church Ranch
Westminster
US 287 (Federal Boulevard)
Fare Zone Boundary
 G  Line (TBD)
Pecos Junction
CRMF
41st & Fox
 N  Line (2018)
 A  Line
Amtrak Amtrak California Zephyr
Union Station
Amtrak  A 
( G  TBD), ( N  2018)
 C ,  E , &  W  Lines

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] When fully built out 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[edit]

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;[4] this shuttle route is completed in approximately 11 minutes.

Stations[edit]

Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality / CDP park-n-Ride? Status
B Line (Union Station - Downtown Longmont)
Union Station/
Lower Downtown (LoDo)/
Coors Field/16th Street Mall
2014  A  &  G  Lines
 C ,  E , &  W  Lines
AmtrakAmtrak
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No Open
41st & Fox station 2018 (planned)  G  Line Denver Yes Ready to open when G Line opens
Pecos Junction station 2018 (planned)  G  Line North Washington Yes Ready to open when G Line opens
Westminster 2016 None Westminster Yes Open
Church Ranch TBA None Westminster Yes Proposed
Flatiron TBA None Broomfield Yes Proposed
Louisville TBA None Louisville Yes Proposed
Boulder Junction TBA None Boulder Yes Proposed
Gunbarrel TBA None Boulder Yes Proposed
Downtown Longmont TBA None Longmont Yes Proposed

FasTracks[edit]

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 in order to be completed prior to 2044,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commuter train testing begins on G Line". RTD FasTracks. Regional Transportation District of Denver. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "RTD - B Line". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Villanueva, Raquel; McGill, Nick (25 July 2016). "RTD unveils B-Line in Westminster". TEGNA, NBC. 9News KUSA-TV. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "RTD - Northwest Rail Line - Project Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Regional Transport District. "Northwest Corridor FAQ". Regional Transport District. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Whaley, Monte (August 10, 2012). "RTD officials face legislative grilling over commuter rail delay". The Denver Post. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Boulder council: RTD proposals have broad impacts". Boulder Daily Camera. 
  8. ^ "Boulder concerned about RTD transit plan along U.S. 36". Boulder Daily Camera. 
  9. ^ "RTD proposes cut of direct Boulder service". The Denver Post. 
  10. ^ "U.S. 36 reconstruction ongoing as is branding plan". The Denver Post. 
  11. ^ Whaley, Monte (February 4, 2013). "RTD foots bill for study of northwest transit system, cities sign on". The Denver Post. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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