Colorado town asks Denver RTD to hold off on service cuts

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GOLDEN, Colo. — City officials in Golden are asking the Denver Regional Transportation District to either hold off on service cuts or modify the agency’s W-Line commuter rail schedule, the Denver Post reports.

The resolution approved by city officials last week asks the transit agency to consider changing it’s W-Line weekend or late night schedules amid a time when ridership on the W-Line is down.

The city has also just launched a $100,000-pilot program to expand a bus program that operates between downtown Golden and the last stop on the W-Line. The program looks to cut down on vehicular traffic by transporting passengers as close as possible to their final destinations.

If the agency were to reduce service on the W-Line, the new city-funded pilot program could be affected.

“If they could find a way to either delay or keep that service for those six hours in the middle of the weekday, we think we could really boost ridership,” says Steve Glueck, Golden’s community and economic development director.

According to the Post, the agency’s board of directors will determine this fall whether to change weekday frequency on the W-Line from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes between the Federal Center Station and the Golden Station between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and between 6 and 9 p.m.

According to an agency spokesman cited in the Post’ story, the possibilities of reducing W-Line service is driven by agency budget constraints, citing a $64 million shortfall driven primarily by lower ridership.

Golden officials hope the pilot program and other first and final mile programs will help boost ridership. First mile-final mile programs are referred to transportation options that are convenient for commuters in accessing both their originating and terminating places without having to provide their own transportation.

The agency’s W-Line is a 12.1-mile light rail corridor connecting Denver Union Station with U.S. Route 40 and the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden. It opened for service in April 2013.

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