B Line (Northwest Rail): Westminster Station
Constructed as part of the RTD FasTracks project, the B Line (formerly referred to as Northwest Rail) and Westminster’s first commuter rail station will open July 25, 2016. Located at 69th Avenue and Grove Street, the station and transit plaza will be a central hub within the surrounding 135-acre transit-oriented development area.
B Line and Beyond
The B Line accommodates roughly 232 people in a single 11-minute ride from Westminster Station to Union Station. Train service operates between 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. with peak and off-peak schedules. During peak hours of 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., the service runs every 30 minutes Monday through Friday. During non-peak hours, the service runs every 60 minutes.
Travel on the B Line will be a local fare — $2.60 or $1.30 discounted. Passengers using multiple RTD routes can also purchase a $9-day pass that can be used on any RTD service within a 24-hour period. Travelers to Union station will be able to connect to three light rail lines, two commuter lines and numerous regional and local bus routes. Travelers arriving at Westminster station will have access to bus routes 31 and 72 and a bike rental program through Zagster.
The south side of the Westminster Station includes the 40-acre Westminster Station Park with a 2-acre lake, miles of trails and a 165-foot span pedestrian bridge that will directly connect to the Adams County neighborhood to the south.
The station features a three-story parking garage with a capacity of 600 parking spaces, 350 of which will be available to RTD commuters, the remainder will be managed by the City of Westminster. RTD taxpayers can park in RTD spaces free for the first 24 hours, and $2/day after. Non-RTD taxpayers will pay $4 daily. RTD parking payments will not be enforced for the first 90 days of service—until October 25, 2016. RTD will also have 20 bike lockers and 18 racks available for use at the Westminster Station.
A new roadway, Westminster Station Drive, will be opened to allow access to the station and plaza area, connecting Hooker Street and Federal Boulevard. In the future, the 1,400-foot street will include multi-modal traffic lanes and 6-foot sidewalks that will be in development as the area grows. Until then, the street will feature two driving lanes with a future traffic signal at the Westminster Station Drive and Federal Boulevard intersection.
The Denver Union Station to Westminster segment is the initial leg of the FasTracks Northwest Rail that will travel from Denver to Boulder and on to Longmont. Currently, the remaining segment of commuter rail is not projected to be completed until after 2042, unless new funding is identified.