WESTMINSTER STATION & FASTRACKS
As an effort to relieve congestion along the US 36 corridor and expand Denver’s regional transportation network, the planned RTD FasTracks Northwest Rail Line will eventually extend between Denver Union Station in downtown Denver to Longmont, passing through North Denver, Adams County, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville, and Boulder. The line comprises four funded stations terminating at the Westminster Station location. Another seven stations would be built at such time RTD secures additional funding. The project will be built in two phases, with the first phase of the line terminating at Westminster Station. This phase was approved in August, 2009, as part of RTD’s Eagle P3 Project, and is to be constructed as an electrified commuter rail segment. The funding for this phase was secured in August 2011 upon receipt of the Federal Transit Authority New Starts Grant. Completion of this portion of the rail line is anticipated in early 2016. The timing of further phases of the rail line will depend on funding availability. If additional funding becomes available in 2012, then the complete Northwest Rail Line could be complete by 2020.
Westminster Station will be located midway between Lowell and Federal boulevards along the BNSF Rail Corridor. The station will comprise the FasTracks commuter rail platform, RTD bus drop-off facility, kiss-and-ride, and parking structure. Construction of the RTD tracks and platform, as well as a first phase of the station and transit plaza, is expected to begin in late 2012 and to be operational by early 2016.
The station will be anchored by a 1.5-acre plaza on the north side of the rail corridor. The plaza will provide the dual purpose of connecting transit patrons to the RTD platform as well as serving as a key public amenity space for gatherings and events. Access to the RTD platform will be located on the south side of the corridor, adjacent to the planned Little Dry Creek Park. A pedestrian passageway beneath the rail corridor will connect the transit plaza to the south. Design of the station and adjoining transit plazas will be iconic and will act as a visual marker within the Station Area and Little Dry Creek Park.