RTD rail service to Westminster on track to begin in late July

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DENVER — The commuter rail B Line from Union Station to Westminster will open for service on July 25, RTD and project concessionaire Denver Transit Partners announced Thursday.

“This rail line will be the third project this year the agency opens to the public with the G and R Lines coming later in 2016,” RTD chair of the board of directors Tom Tobiassen said in a news release. “This many major transit line openings in one year are unprecedented in public transportation and the region should be proud of the collaboration that is making it happen.”

The B Line will be the second electric commuter rail line to operate in Denver, the first being the A Line to Denver International Airport, which began service on April 22.

“Our ability to bring this type of rail connection to the Denver area is groundbreaking, and will change the way residents and visitors experience our great cities,” RTD CEO and general manager Dave Genova said. “We have elevated the standards of transit by implementing an electric commuter rail system that is safe, quick and highly accessible.”

Electric commuter rail vehicles are faster than light rail, with a top speed of 79 mph vs. 55 mph. The vehicles are also larger and carry more people — up to 200 people — than light rail vehicles.

The B Line’s 11-minute trip will operate nonstop between Union Station and the new Westminster Station at West 69th Avenue (future Westminster Station Drive) and Grove Street.

The Westminster Station will serve as the first connection on the upcoming FasTracks Northwest rail line to Boulder and Longmont. The segment, which will operate from south Westminster to Longmont, will be a diesel-powered commuter rail.

Construction on the Westminster to Longmont rail line will begin when funding becomes available, RTD said.

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