Making preparations for the G Line opening

Ridership service starts April 26

Posted 4/15/19

The long-awaited G Line will open to passengers April 26. “We're truly pleased to be at this day — it's been a long road,” said Laurie Huff, spokesperson for the Regional Transportation …

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Making preparations for the G Line opening

Ridership service starts April 26

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The long-awaited G Line will open to passengers April 26.

“We're truly pleased to be at this day — it's been a long road,” said Laurie Huff, spokesperson for the Regional Transportation District.

On April 1, RTD announced the grand opening for the G Line, more than two years after its original opening date.

The G Line is an 11.2-mile electric commuter rail transit line that will connect Denver Union Station to Wheat Ridge, passing through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. There are eight stations: Denver Union Station, 41st/Fox, Pecos, Federal, Gold Strike, Olde Town Arvada, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road. It is part of RTD's 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metro region.

Ridership on the G Line has been forecast at 9,000 passenger trips per day during the first year, and at 12,900 daily trips by 2035.

In anticipation of the number of people who will ride the line for their work commute, some Olde Town Arvada businesses are changing their hours.

A.J. Payne, of Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters, said his coffee shop on the corner of Grandview and Olde Wadsworth will begin opening at 5:30 a.m. to accommodate early morning G Line riders.

Quiet zones and safety

The commuter rail will open with quiet zones in place along the entirety of the line, although horns will continue to be used in emergency situations; if maintenance workers, pedestrians or vehicles are on or near the tracks; if there are issues with gate timing at any of the G Line's 16 crossings; or if a train must use automatic train control.  

“It's important that people understand for reasons of safety that the operator reserves the right to sound the horn,” Huff said.

Because the train horn won't be soundingly regularly, Huff said it's important to note other safety measure in place such as the crossing gates, red flashing lights, signage and fencing. On occasion, there may also be flaggers present. Huff said the flaggers are there out of precaution and their presence doesn't signify something is wrong.

Riding the train

Local fare of $3 will be required to ride the G Line, which will operate between 4 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., with 15-minute frequency from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours. There is the added access available to residents and businesses at Pecos Junction and 41st & Fox, where residents can board both the G and the B Lines, and cross-platform transfers will mean riders from throughout the corridor will not have to go all the way to Union Station to change to the other line.

The two-car commuter rail trains on the G Line include 91 seats in each car, two ADA-compliant seating areas, luggage racks, overhead carry-on storage areas, and space for skis and bikes. Trains are designed to travel faster than light rail trains over longer distances, with fewer stops.

Bus changes affected by G Line opening will be implemented in August 2019.

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