On behalf of the Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (ACREP) Executive Committee, I extend our deep congratulations to Adams County, the communities of Commerce City, Northglenn, and Thornton, and RTD – on the highly awaited opening of the new N Line commuter rail.
Years of advocacy, planning, and determined commitment have paid off, as this transit line will provide new economic opportunities and long-awaited rail connectivity in Adams County, and links to Denver International Airport and the entire Metro Denver region.
ACREP, through the work of our newly created Center for Business Advocacy & Public Policy, will continue to champion new infrastructure development in the metro north region. In addition, we stand ready to work with area communities and the private sector to expand transit-oriented development opportunities around N Line stations.
See the news release below for more details, including a link to view today’s celebration and details on how to “ride the line” for free through Sept. 27. Congratulations to everyone who had a stake in this monumental effort!
RTD marks the opening of the much-anticipated N Line with virtual celebration
The public can ride the line for free through Sunday, Aug. 27
DENVER (Sept. 21, 2020) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) celebrated the grand opening of the much-anticipated N Line commuter rail service from Denver to Thornton today. Local dignitaries were on hand at Thornton’s Eastlake•124thStation to cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of the line. Due to limitations related to COVID-19, the event was downsized with various safety protocols in place, but offered to the public through a livestream. RTD is offering a week of free rides starting today at noon through Sept. 27.
“The opening of the N Line is a tremendous milestone for not only the northern communities, but the whole region,” said RTD Board of Directors Chair Angie Rivera-Malpiede. “Now our riders are even more connected to our thriving metro area. This line is a true testament to what can happen when constituents, elected officials, staff, and public and private entities come together to get things done for the benefit of all.”
“I’m excited for all that the N Line will bring to the Denver metro region. Not only will it bring another option to being stuck in traffic, but more importantly, connectivity to the entire RTD system,” said RTD Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Paul J. Ballard. “The positive impacts of this new commuter rail line will not only create enhanced mobility today, but will pay dividends for decades to come.”
This is the seventh FasTracks project to open since 2016. With six new stations, the N Line provides a key connection for people in the northern suburbs to downtown Denver and Denver International Airport, with expanded possibilities for work and travel. The $832 million project was funded through local RTD taxes and Certificate of Participation (COP) financing. Repayment of financing of the COP will come from available revenue sources, including sales and use taxes and fare collections.
RTD Chair Rivera-Malpiede and RTD CEO and General Manager Ballard officially opened the line with a ribbon cutting along with local dignitaries. Speakers at the event included RTD Board Director Vince Buzek, District J; RTD Board Director Troy Whitmore, District K; Commerce City Mayor Benjamin Huseman; Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann; Northglenn Mayor Meredith Leighty; Adams County Commissioner Emma Pinter; and Graham Contracting Vice President of Construction Greg Ritke. Sen. Cory Gardner provided a video statement and Rep. Diana DeGette sent a statement of congratulations.
A full video of the ceremony can be found on the RTD N Line webpage.
The RTD Chair read a proclamation provided by Gov. Jared Polis.
Symbol of Progress
Speakers reflected on the significance of the project as a symbol of progress and expansion, as well as an accelerator of smart growth for the region. Ballard acknowledged challenges RTD has faced related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but called the opening of the N Line “a bright spot in a very trying time.”
Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann said, “The Thornton community is certainly looking forward to using this commuter rail service. It provides a valuable option for commuting through the metro area. Although we have waited longer than expected for this to become a reality for our community, we are certain the value the service provides enhances our community and makes it worth the wait.”
RTD is offering free rides on the N Line from noon today through Sept. 27.
From Sept. 28 through March 27, 2021, as part of a promotional fare pilot program, RTD will offer a Local fare for travel on the entire N Line. If the trip includes transferring to additional zones on bus or rail, a higher fare may apply. Discount fares are available for qualified riders. Please visit our Fares page for more information.
Free Parking for 90 Days
RTD parking management fees will not be applied at stations along the line until after 90 days of posting notices. The posting date for stations has not yet been determined.
The recent pandemic has compelled RTD to revisit bus and rail service throughout the District, including transit in the north metro region. N Line trains will run on a 30-minute frequency at all times. Daily and weekend run times for buses will be on a Saturday schedule.
Partners in Safety
Safety is RTD’s core value, and we remind the public to exercise caution around trains:
• Avoid distractions from cell phones and loud music.
• Follow safety signage and obey warning devices such as flashing red lights and gate arms.
• Stop and wait for crossing gates to fully rise before crossing the tracks.
• Only cross at designated rail crossings.
• Never walk or bike along the tracks– it’s illegal and dangerous.
• Always look both ways before crossing the tracks.
The opening of the N Line also means quiet zones are in place. It is important to note that quiet zones aren’t always quiet. Train operators maintain the discretion to use train horns under circumstances requiring additional safety precautions.
Additionally, to protect against the spread of COVID-19, RTD requires customers and employees to wear masks and to practice social distancing on all RTD services.
To watch a recap video of the ceremony or for additional information regarding the N Line, including safety, fares and how to ride commuter rail, visit https://www.rtd-denver.com/fastracks/n-line
For route and schedule information, please call RTD Customer Care at 303.299.6000. Call 303.299.6089 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Visit RTD’s website at rtd-denver.com.
The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. RTD’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide approximately 100 million annual passenger trips. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com, call 303-299-6000 and follow along on social media: http://www.facebook.com/RideRTD, @RideRTD on Twitter, @ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube. For the most current RTD news, visit the News Stop, at rtd-denver.com/news-stop.