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Tue January 7, 2014
Transportation

When Will Commuter Rail Come To Longmont?

The study is evaluating a number of commuter rail options including phasing the construction of Northwest Rail and extending the North Metro line to Longmont.
Credit Jim Hill / KUNC

Results from the Northwest Area Mobility Study, combined with resident opinions may provide  solutions to the growing transit problem in Boulder and Longmont. 

According to the study's website, "RTD initiated the study in response to the significant cost increases associated with building and operating commuter rail in the 41-mile Northwest corridor. The goal of the study is to collaborate with corridor stakeholders to determine if there is a more cost-effective way to approach improving mobility in the area that could be implemented sooner."

The study is primarily focused on three key areas that could potentially be implemented sooner.

  1. Phased Implementation of Northwest Rail
  2. Extension of the North Metro Line
  3. Implementation of Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Routes

Representatives from RTD and local governments will be available for comment at the meetings.

The area that the study covers in the northwest metro area.
Credit Northwest Area Mobility Study / RTD

Public Meetings

• ​Westminster, Jan. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Westminster City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Boulevard.

Boulder, Jan. 16, 5:30 - 7:30 at Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce Street.

Longmont, Jan. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark Street.

While recent studies suggest Coloradans are driving less, the state demographer says the actual population of the state will increase by over 50 percent by 2040.

Officials say the consensus achieved in this study will need the approval of the RTD Board of Directors. If the consensus involves adding or removing projects from the 2004 FasTracks program, it may require the approval of residents through a district wide election.