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The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) has hired HDR Engineering Inc. to study the feasibility of a peak service rail schedule between Denver Union Station and downtown Longmont, which is located northwest of the city.
The two-year Northwest Rail Line Peak Service Study will analyze using the B Line commuter-rail alignment and potentially leasing BNSF Railway Co. right of way and track to extend service during peak commuting hours over a 35-mile stretch, RTD officials said in a press release. The plan will provide updated engineering and cost estimates regarding service to Denver’s northwest communities, including Broomfield, Louisville, Boulder and Longmont.
The transit agency also aims to position the project for federal funding and a potential future build-out of the Northwest Rail Line. RTD might also partner with Front Range Passenger Rail Service and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Last year, the agency's board released a request for proposals (RFP) for the study. Out of three firms that responded to the RFP, RTD selected HDR.