Fastracks Update

RTD has provided City staff with the Gold Line Final Environmental Impact Statement for review and comment. Local governments along the Gold Line will be meeting with RTD in early September to discuss the findings.

While RTD management is handling the financial challenges of the current economic climate, the environmental review and design process for RTD FasTracks projects continue to move forward on-schedule. At the City of Arvada, the Traffic and Transportation division is providing input to the Gold Line, Northwest Rail, and US-36 BRT project teams to develop transit solutions appropriate to our community.

Gold Line

Preliminary design for the seven Gold Line stations including 38th, Pecos, Federal, Sheridan, Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward is now complete. Electric commuter rail will serve these stations along the BNSF/Union Pacific railroad route as the Preferred Alternative for the Gold Line. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 with the line opening by 2016.

Northwest Rail

Compared to the 11.2 mile Gold Line commuter rail, the Northwest Rail project is a proposed 41-mile high-capacity transit corridor that provides service from Denver Union Station to Longmont, passing through North Denver, Adams County, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville, and Boulder. Service to the Arvada community will be provided by two proposed stations: 88th Ave at Harlan, and 71st Ave at Lowell.

Currently in the planning phase, RTD is collecting input from municipal governments and the public through the Environmental Evaluation process. An environmental study is the next step towards constructing the project.

RTD welcomes public input and will present project information at your organization as part of their outreach program. Please contact John Firouzi at the City of Arvada if you would like to arrange a RTD presentation. We also encourage you to use their web site to learn about the project and provide feedback.

US-36 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

To enhance the quality of commuter bus transportation between Downtown Denver and the Boulder, RTD FasTracks is improving infrastructure and service along the 18-mile US-36 corridor. The project constructs slip ramps and access improvements to park-n-Rides for better reliability, and will introduce corridor specific fleet to provide a rapid transit experience.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled to be complete in 2009. Phase 1 improvements, which include the slip ramps and some park-n-Ride improvements, will open in 2009. Phase 2 Final Design is scheduled to begin in 2010.

RTD FasTracks encourages public involvement and welcomes comments and feedback. For more information or to ask a question, please visit the US-36 BRT website at: