West Rail Line to debut; RTD FasTracks line extends from Golden, Lakewood to Denver's Union Station

Passengers can ride free Saturday

GOLDEN, Colo. - The grand opening of the West Rail Line from Golden to Union Station kicked off Friday and continues through Saturday with a day of fare-free transit and parties at many stations.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Golden light rail station.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett  said a few words to mark the completion of the first FasTracks rail line, RTD’s voter-approved transit expansion program to build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail.

On Saturday, the entire light rail system will be free for passengers in celebration of the new line. Fares will be charged again starting Sunday.

Some stops will host station parties with fun activities for passengers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

At Denver's Union Station, there will be sports team mascots and chalk art.

The next stage of the FasTracks program will install rail lines east to Denver International Airport from both Aurora and Denver.