Whether you’re a local or a tourist, RTD’s lightrail system is an easy way to locomote around Denver and its surrounding suburbs, helping sidestep the parking and traffic woes this fast-growing metro area is experiencing.
The newest line, dubbed the B Line, will zip you between downtown Denver’s Union Station and Westminster. A few fast facts: The ride is a quick, 11-minute ride and the train runs hourly, expect during peak hours when it runs on the half hour.
But before tourists hop on board, know this: There’s not much awaiting you at the Westminster Station Area -- just yet that is. But, if you’re willing to venture around the suburb some, you’ll find some unique art galleries, an insect zoo as well as some other family-friendly attractions, like a miniature golf course and go-kart track.
Developers have grand plans for the area in the future, though. At a July 2016 grand opening celebration, city and community planners showcased plans for the future, which included a 40-acre park along Little Dry Creek. The plans include an amphitheater for concerts as well as a nature-inspired playground for children that’s less about steel monkey bars, more about climbing among tree structures.
Planners envision a vibrant community gathering area, perhaps with food trucks, sunset yoga, concerts and festivals. A fishing pier, picnic pavillions and gardens are also in the plans. The park's first phase is scheduled to start in 2017.
Plus, the city is planning a mixed-use development with restaurants and shops mixed in with housing. The city in December 2016 inked a deal with Colorado and REgeneration Development to build two buildings, with commercial space on the ground floor and up to five stories of apartments above. Plus, public art will be displayed in the area.
Here’s everything you need to know about RTD’s B-line.
- The B-line adds 6 miles of new commuter rail line and is the first segment in a proposed 41-mile commuter rail line that, down the road, will connect Broomfield, Louisville, Boulder and Longmont.
- The line runs between the Westminster Station and Union Station
- The address for the Westminster Station is 6995 Grove St. in Westminster, CO. 80030. It's near 71st Avenue and Hooker Street.
- The address for Union Station is 1701 Wynkoop St. in Denver, CO. 80202. The renovated train station features a funky, upscale hotel, called The Crawford Hotel, as well as restaurants and bars and fun extras like shuffleboard
- The local fare is $2.60
- The train runs every 30 minutes during rush hour from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Otherwise, it runs hourly. The train runs from 5 a.m. to 10 p. m.
- The Westminster Station includes a parking garage with 600 spaces at the intersection of Irving Street and Westminster Station Drive.
- Parking fees were waived until mid-November 2016. Now, there's a $2 daily fee if your vehicle is registered within the RTD district boundaries.
- If you live out of the RTD district, a $4 daily fee applies.
If you'll be spending some time in Westminster, here are a few fun places to check out:
- The Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Avenue in Westminster, CO., 80020. This insect museum houses more than 5,000 critters, though the most famous resident is Rosie, the tarantula. (Yup, you can hold her!)
- The Historic Westminster Arts District, along Historic 73rd Avenue. Art galleries dot this historic street, including the Aar River Gallery that sells jewelry, fine art photography and pottery made by local artisans. Each month at the gallery, an artists teaches classes or workshops. Stop into Heavenly Cakes Bakery for a sweet treat.
- Kachina Southwestern Grill, 10600 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster, CO. 80020. You're forgiven if you forget you're in the suburbs. This southwestern-inspired restaurant features an innovative menu with ceviche, empanadas and pickled cactus. Plus, your children will love it, too: There's a playroom with a playhouse tipi and toys.