RTD Northwest Rail
The Northwest Rail Line is a 41-mile stretch of commuter rail that will run from Denver Union Station to Longmont, passing through North Denver, Adams County, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville, Boulder and Boulder County. Northwest Rail will provide fixed rail service to the US 36 area while improving travel times and enhancing access to jobs, recreation and entertainment.
In order to complete the Northwest Rail project sooner than the projected 2042 date, an additional 0.4 percent sales and use tax increase would need to be approved by metro area voters.
The first segment of the Northwest Rail Line from Denver Union Station to south Westminster (71st Avenue and Irving Street) is already funded as part of the Eagle P3 project. This first segment is 6.2 miles and scheduled for completion in 2016. Eagle P3 is also building the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport and the Gold Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is funding the Northwest Area Mobility Study (NAMS) to determine cost-effective mobility improvements to serve the northwest metropolitan area. The study will include exploring phasing options for the Northwest Rail Line and alternative alignments to Longmont. The goal is to have a prioritized list of improvements for the northwest area that has the overall support of RTD, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and corridor stakeholders.