New Light Rail Transit Line Promotes Urban Development In Denver Suburb

New Light Rail Transit Line Promotes Urban Development In Denver Suburb

A light rail transit line is opening Friday and could remind long time residents of an earlier time in Denver’s existence when their trolley route through the suburbs to Golden, CO was booming. The Denver Tramway Corp.’s Route 84 connected suburban ranch homes to jobs in the city. When cars and buses replaced the trolley in the 1950′s, West Colfax Avenue corridor was a neon showplace of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

With the launch of a new light rail transit line, Denver officials are anticipating a boom returning to the area. Millions of private and public dollars have been invested and business owners are anxious for the possibilities of this new line.

One developer is using 5 acres to redevelop and place 110 homes 400 feet south of the Lamar Station Crossing light rail station.

Projects are coming out of the ground, and deals are being done right and left. West Colfax is on its way back. It’s just taking off. – Bill Marino, Director of the Lakewood -West Colfax Business improvement District

The West Rail Line — or W Line — is the first completed project in the $6.5 billion FasTracks mass transit package approved by voters in 2004 and paid for with a 0.4 percent sales tax. The Regional Transportation District projects the line will initially carry more than 19,300 riders daily, which is slightly more than the entire population of Golden.

If you are interested in learning more about light rail transit and how it can benefit your city, contact RWA today and let us help you.

Denver RTD Light Railimage credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious on flickr

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