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RTD Celebrates New B Line Commuter Rail

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its partners commemorated the grand opening of B Line commuter rail with ribbon-cutting ceremonies July 25—the agency’s third opening this year with two more in the works.

More than a hundred people gathered to watch local dignitaries at the new Westminster Station cut the ribbon to officially open the six-mile line between Westminster and Denver Union Station, followed by games, food and live music. RTD provided free rides on the line for the rest of the day, with additional festivities scheduled for July 30.

“RTD continues our year of a transportation ­renaissance with the opening of the B Line,” said General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Dave Genova. “With the opening of five new projects this year, the Denver metro area will be connected through transit like never before. And now the citizens of the Westminster area will be able to travel to and from Denver to Westminster in no time flat.”

The B Line, part of RTD’s FasTracks program, continues the agency’s record of opening projects on-time and on-budget. The opening follows similar unveilings for the Flatiron Flyer BRT and the University of Colorado A Line.

“The B Line to Westminster not only provides transportation for riders from Westminster to Denver, but also offers riders multimodal connections at Union Station to get them anywhere they want to go in the region,” said RTD Board Chair Tom Tobiassen.

The B Line is part of RTD’s $2.2 billion Eagle P3 project, which also includes two other rail lines, procurement of 54 commuter rail cars and a commuter rail maintenance facility. It is the first segment of rail construction that ultimately will connect Denver Union Station to Longmont.

RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova and Board Chair Tom Tobiassen joined board members and officials from across the region at the opening of B Line service.

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