During Monday afternoon’s RTD public input meeting on the northwest rail project, RTD staff announced a proposal that would provide rail service to Westminster and add bus service to Longmont while rail construction continues.
Officials at RTD argue a new .4% sales tax, in addition to the one voted in 2004 will get the project done faster after previous cost estimates skyrocketed. That increase RTD says is a result of several factors including inflation.
This latest proposal would extend rail service, at least temporarily, to a rail station at Church Ranch Blvd. in Westminster instead of all the way up through Boulder into Longmont.
In return, to makeup for the lack of rail service, transit officials are considering adding an $800 million dollar bus service through the northwest area until rail service could be established.
“Lets continue this investment, lets build this out, lets build this out, sooner rather than later,” says Phillip Washington, General Manager of RTD, during a press conference on Monday.
The latest proposal by RTD can be viewed here: http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/main_226
Transit leaders are expected to review the proposal and others again when they meet on March 20th in Denver.
If this new hybrid plan passes, RTD would build 12 out of 41 miles of northwest rail by 2022. That equals an estimated 30-percent of the project.
If this new tax doesn’t pass the project will continue to move forward but may not see completion until 2042.