Light Rail

West Rail Line

The West Rail Line between Golden and Denver Union Station passes through 3 fare zones, so a one-way trip between Golden and Denver requires a Regional RTD Ticket. For those who ride transit more regularly there are a number of different passes available to reduce the cost, such as monthly passes and ticket books; the options are listed on the RTD website.

Transfers from rail to bus are also available to help reduce the overall cost of a trip.

Automated ticket kiosks are available adjacent to the station platform.

Garage and Bike Parking

A parking garage is available adjacent to the Golden end-of-line station and holds 835 vehicles. A total of 700 of these garage spaces have been designated for West Rail Line passengers. There are pedestrian linkages from the station to Jefferson County campus sidewalks and the Highway 6 and C 470 shared use paths. Bike parking consists of racks adjacent to the platform, as well as covered racks just inside the parking garage. More secure bike parking is provided by 12 bike lockers located just outside the parking garage.

Safety Reminders

The best solution to avoid light rail accidents is education and prevention. In Golden, there is the large station at the Jefferson County campus at 6th Avenue and Johnson Road.

  • When you first visit the station, check the markings on the platform, noting where it is safe to stand.
  • Adults should hold the hands of small children at all times.
  • Don’t ever run for a train—another one will come along shortly.
  • Allow other passengers to exit the train before trying to board, and always use the handrails when boarding.
  • Light rail trains are quiet, so look for the flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horns.
  • Stay alert and never walk on the tracks or in front of a moving train.

In Golden, the Light Rail crosses at 6th Avenue and Johnson Road and Ulysses Street. A common light rail accident includes cars turning left or right, and crossing illegally in front of trains or on red lights. Notice the stopping areas at the intersections; they look different than at other intersections in the city.

Never stop on the tracks, and never try to beat a train through an intersection. Be patient–the trains are fast and the intersection will open up quickly.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
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