RTD Staff Presents Options to Advance Northwest Rail Planning

On April 6, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors discussed the Northwest Rail during a study session.

According to a Colorado Public Radio story, the board gave initial support for new environmental engineering work which could take 18 to 24 months and cost between $5 million to $8 million.

The board could give a formal approval this summer.

The new planning work will look at building a stripped-down service plan, which could include three trains to Denver in the morning, and three trains to Boulder and Longmont in the evening. RTD will pay for the work with the savings account the board created for future FasTrack projects, which will need formal approval from the directors.

The planning work will include construction and operating costs, and potentially a timeline for opening.

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