Barnum is about to become much more connected to the greater Denver area! In a little over 4 months, light rail stations will be opening at Sheridan Blvd., Perry St., and Knox Blvd., allowing Barnum residents to ride all the way into downtown, or as far west as Golden in minutes! The current system is a very convenient way to get around town. The trains are comfortable, fares are affordable, and trains run at all hours, day and night. The trains move significantly faster than buses, so choosing mass transit over driving makes more sense for more people. Stations are situated in easily walkable areas with good bicycle path access, so traveling to the station from our homes will be easier than ever.
From RTD’s site:
The West Rail Line is a 12.1-mile light rail transit corridor located between the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver and the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden. It will serve Denver, Lakewood, the Federal Center, Golden and Jefferson County. The West Rail Line is the first FasTracks corridor under construction and will be the first to open on April 26, 2013.
The West Rail Line travels through a series of parks in Denver on the east end of the alignment, through residential neighborhoods along 13th Avenue in Lakewood, through the Lakewood Industrial Park, onto the Federal Center site, and along 6th Avenue to the Jefferson County Government Center on the western end of the project.
This is really good news for a variety of reasons. First of all, commutes for Barnum residents will be drastically reduced. The current commute time for resident of Barnum is an average of 20 minutes. Riding the light rail allows commuters to relax during this time, read the paper, chat with neighbors, and get ready for the work day. It will reduce stress levels and lead to a healthier and more productive workforce. Car maintenance and fuel costs will be reduced and lead to more savings for this neighborhood of young, working-class families. What a great service!
There will be less impact on our environment with fewer cars on the road and less traffic congestion to deal with. Traffic on Sheridan and Colfax in the mornings and evenings is always hectic. The light rail line should drastically reduce the number of cars on the roads during peak commute times.
Perhaps the best part is what it could do for Barnum’s redevelopment. In recent years, we have seen real estate prices jump in a number of areas close to downtown such as the Highlands neighborhood and Baker. Southern suburbs such as Centennial and Englewood are booming due in large part to light rail access. With Barnum’s close proximity to downtown, affordable housing, and now easy access to light rail, expect to see a housing boom in Barnum.
For more info, check out RTD’s web site