RTD’s B Line and Westminster Station open

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- The much-awaited RTD B Line and Westminster Station opened on Monday.

The B Line connects Westminster to downtown Denver. It is an 11-minute ride covering about six miles from Westminster Station to Union Station and costs $2.60 for a one-way ticket.

“It’s going to be a quick commute,” RTD public relations manager Tina Jaquez said. “Plus, it is going to open a lot of options for people in Westminster to travel throughout the metro area.”

The Westminster Station is located near West 71st Avenue and Federal Boulevard. The commuter rail service will run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with trains picking up every 30 minutes during peak hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) and hourly all other times.

RTD expects about 1,000 passengers per day to ride the B Line. The project is part of FasTracks, RTD’s 2004 voter-approved plan to expand transit service. The Westminster Station is the first segment of a proposed 41-mile commuter rail line that will eventually connect Broomfield, Louisville and Longmont.

“We really were looking at the long term and how the city would grow, and we’ve seen the city grow so quickly over that timespan, so this is really preparing for that growth and what we’ll see in the future,” Jaquez said.

A morning ceremony officially opened the B Line. Rides on the line were free all day Monday.