Commuter Rail to Westminster to open July 25th
May 8, 2016 at 10:14 pm 0
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Artist's rendering of the Westminster Station at West 69th Avenue (future Westminster Station Drive) and Grove Street. Rendering courtesy of the City of Westminster

RTD released a statement that the B Line from Denver Union Station to Westminster will be ready and open for service on July 25, 2016. This notice came from project concessionaire, Denver Transit Partners.

“RTD staff, our contractors as well as our federal, state and local partners have put in a remarkable effort to complete the B Line’s first segment,” RTD Chair of the Board of Directors Tom Tobiassen said. “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. 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 to Westminster will be the second electric commuter rail line to operate in Denver—the first being the University of Colorado 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 ground-breaking and will change the way residents and visitors experience our great cities,” said RTD’s CEO and General Manager Dave Genova. “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 versus 55 mph.

This segment of the B Line will serve two stations—Denver’s Union Station and the new Westminster Station located at West 69th Avenue (future Westminster Station Drive) and Grove Street.

“The opening of Westminster Station in a few short months presents a tremendous opportunity for the city and regional commuters  — 11 minutes nonstop to Denver from a signature station will be a catalyst for future development,” Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison said. “We’re excited to be leading the way with the first connection on the FasTracks Northwest Rail line to Boulder and Longmont.”

The remaining segment, from south Westminster to Longmont, will be diesel-powered commuter rail. RTD states that Construction of the line from Westminster to Longmont will begin when funding becomes available.

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Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car at Denver's Union Station.

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University of Colorado A Line officially opens
April 22, 2016 at 11:34 am 2

"This is a great day!"

-Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

DIA Train After years of planning and construction, today marked the opening of the University of Colorado A Line. A train pulled up to the train platform at Denver International Airport station at 9:30 a.m. carrying representatives of RTD, The City of Denver, The City of Aurora, and the State of Colorado.  These officials were on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the University of Colorado A Line for service. A great number of reporters and photographers/videographers were on hand to document the event. As the train pulled up, members of the media jostled and squeezed together on the train platform to capture the ribbon cutting ceremony. There must have been around 50 people trying to capture the event. Below is a photo of the train that carried the officials from Denver's Union Station to Denver International Airport. University of Colorado A Line Commuter rail trains will travel up to 79 mph and carry more people than light rail vehicles—200 people at maximum. The vehicles will offer level boarding to better accommodate travelers with luggage and accessibility needs. The distance on the line between Denver International Airport and Denver's Union Station is 23 miles. Trains will run every 15 minutes during peak hours with the trip from Union Station and the airport taking 37 minutes. The rail line will serve eight stations, including Denver Union Station and the DIA station located at the south end of the main terminal at DIA. A trip on this train will cost $9.00. University of Colorado A Line

“Our vision has always been to build a multimodal system that supports the transit needs of the growing Denver metro area,” said RTD Board Chair, Tom Tobiassen. “The opening of the FasTracks projects helps us bring that dream closer to reality. The University of Colorado A Line is a key factor in connecting communities with transit and allowing people to travel from their homes to anywhere around the world.”

The University of Colorado A Line train platform is located adjacent to The Westin DIA which houses 519 rooms in a 14-story building. The Westin DIA opened in November and was designed by Gensler architecture firm. The design of the hotel is explained in the below statement provided by Gensler:

"The concept of connection is seen throughout, in details such as extending the grid of the Public Transit Center’s netted canopy into the interior ceiling of the Level 6 check-in area. Views from one element of the project into provide travelers with an intuitive sense of where they are in relationship to the Public Transit Center, hotel, plaza and terminal. From the hotel lobby, for example, travelers can watch trains arriving and departing from the train station below."

Here is a photo of the Westin DIA lobby:

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A photo of the Westin DIA as seen from the 82,000 square foot public plaza that is located between the main terminal and the hotel. Escalators are located here which provide access to the train platform below.

Westin DIA

Below are two photos from inside the Westin DIA:



“The opening of the University of Colorado A Line is a historic milestone towards the completion of RTD’s FasTracks program and continues our success rate of opening major infrastructure projects,” said General Manager and CEO of RTD, Dave Genova. “We continue to transform the region and the University of Colorado A Line will connect the Denver metro area to the world.”

Below Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and General Manager and CEO of RTD, Dave Genova hold a piece of ribbon from today's ceremony as Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and Senator Michael Bennet stand behind them. University of Colorado A Line

RTD names GM/CEO finalists
December 9, 2015 at 1:27 am 0
RTD Union Station

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors has named three finalists in a statement late Tuesday, in their search for the district’s new general manager and CEO. 

The three finalists are Stephanie Dawson, Dave Genova and Richard Leary.

RTD provided the below information on each candidate in Tuesday's statement:

Dawson is the acting chief operating officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She joined the Port Authority in 1995. Her current responsibilities include overseeing aviation, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port commerce, PATH Rail, operations services and the newly created office of storm mitigation and resilience.

Genova is the current interim general manager and CEO for RTD. He has been with RTD for more than 21 years, serving as the assistant general manager of safety, security and facilities for the past eight years. In that position, his responsibilities included overseeing safety certification for rail line openings and the renovated Denver Union Station.

Leary is the chief service officer for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the third largest urban mass transit system in North America. His responsibilities include the day-to-day revenue operations, customer services and safety at the TTC.  Prior to joining the TTC, he was the chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

“This is a critical time in the history of RTD, so we are pleased to have such strong finalists,” board chairman Charles Sisk said. “We have searched across the world to find the most qualified candidates to ensure RTD continues to be the best transit agency in the nation.”

RTD will host a public open forum with the finalists from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Embassy Suites Denver Convention Center, 1420 Stout Street.  Attendees will be asked to provide feedback in writing on each finalist following the forum. Comments also may be submitted online at www.rtd-denver.com/gminput.

The RTD Board will interview the finalists on Friday and is expected to appoint a full-time general manager by the end of year.

Phil Washington served as RTD's General Manager for 6 years. It was announced in March that he had accepted a position with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority – also known as LA Metro.

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Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car at Denver's Union Station.

Multiple RTD rail lines are expected to open in the near future. The commuter rail line that connects Denver's Union Station to Denver International Airport has been announced to begin service on April 22, 2016.

The G Line, a commuter rail line that will run between Denver's Union Station through Arvada to Wheat Ridge is expected to begin service in 2016.

Also slated to begin service in 2016 is the R Line, a 10.5 mile light rail line that will run along I-225 in Aurora.

The N Line, a commuter rail line that will provide service from Denver's Union Station to the metro area's northern suburbs began construction in 2015. This phase of construction will take the line as far north as 124th Avenue in Thornton. Future plans for the line have it extending an additional 5.5 miles to the north to North Thornton Highway 7.

RTD announces opening date of Flatiron Flyer
December 8, 2015 at 12:28 am 1
RTD Flatiron Flyer

Image courtesy RTD

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will begin its new bus rapid transit service, the Flatiron Flyer, on Jan. 3, 2016. Six Flatiron Flyer routes will service stations from Denver to Boulder along the U.S. 36 corridor. 

“The hallmark of bus rapid transit service is that it is frequent, reliable and more predictable,” said RTD Interim General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “The Flatiron Flyer will enhance the rider’s experience by offering all of these elements, along with upgraded stations and brand new buses.”  

The six Flatiron Flyer routes :

  • FF1- All station, all day service. Replaces the BV.
  • FF2- Express service with connections only at Table Mesa and McCaslin. Runs primarily during weekday rush hours. Replaces the BX, BMX.
  • FF3- Broomfield to Denver Union Station, during weekday rush hours. Replaces the BF, 86X.
  • FF4- Boulder Junction Station to Civic Center Station during rush hour. Replaces the HX.
  • FF5- Boulder Station to Anschutz Medical Campus. Replaces the DM.
  • FF6- Boulder Junction Station to Denver Union Station. Replaces the S.
The commuter rail line between Denver's Union Station and Denver International Airport will open on April 22, 2016. Commuter trains will run every 15 minutes during peak hours with a travel time from downtown Denver to DIA taking 35 minutes.

Fares for the Flatiron Flyer will be dependent on the starting and ending locations for a rider, with a one-way local fare being $2.60 or a one-way regional fare being $4.50. 

Along with more frequent and faster service, these new bus rapid transit routes also has improved stations with large canopies and windscreens for better weather protection at the six park-n-rides on U.S. 36; digital information screens with bus departure times; and 59 new branded vehicles that include USB ports and 120-volt outlets for passengers to charge laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Below is the Flatiron Flyer fare chart and a route conversion chart courtesy RTD:

RTD Flatiron Flyer

RTD Flatiron Flyer

RTD day passes to begin in 2016
December 7, 2015 at 12:12 am 0


The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will implement a new fare structure beginning Jan. 1.

New features include day passes offering riders unlimited trips through the entire service day for the cost of a single round trip; simplified rail zones; a flat $9 fare for services to and from Denver International Airport; printers aboard buses for day pass purchases; and reclassified bus routes to simplify service categories.

“Our agency has spent a lot of time working with the community to develop what we think is the best fare structure for the growing Denver metro area,” said RTD Interim General Manager and CEO David Genova. “Next year will be historic for RTD with the opening of five new transit lines. We urge everyone to be ready for our implementation of new fare policies.”

RTD is asking passengers to “know your fare” before the new policies take effect. Riders should look into the best way to get to their destination, how much it will cost and where to buy the appropriate fare media.

The agency's new fare structure stems from a nearly two-year process that included an extensive public engagement process across the eight-county Denver metro region.

“The public gave great input, RTD listened and now we have a simplified, more equitable fare structure that will help connect people with our system and to one another across the metro area,” said RTD Board of Directors Chair Chuck Sisk.

  • Local day passes will cost $5.20 and Regional/Airport day passes will cost $9. Day passes will provide unlimited trips throughout a service day for the cost of a round trip, and the Regional/Airport day pass will include an Airport fare.
  • New bus and rail trip categories are Local, Regional and Airport.
  • Express bus routes will become Local or Regional trips.
  • New rail zones are A, B, C and Airport. Travel in one or two zones will require a Local fare; travel in three zones will require a Regional fare; and travel in the Airport zone will require an Airport fare.
  • A one-way Local trip will cost $2.60; a one-way Regional trip will cost $4.50; and a one-way trip to or from DIA will cost $9.
  • Half-fare discounts will still be available for elementary, middle and high school students ages 6-19, Medicare recipients, passengers with disabilities and people ages 65 and above. A one-way Local Discount trip will cost $1.30 and a Regional or Airport Discount trip will cost $4.50 for qualifying passengers.
RTD announced earlier this year that the commuter rail line that will provide service between Denver's Union Station and Denver International Airport will begin service on April 22, 2016.