Station Area Planning in Thornton
RTD approved the construction of Phase 1 of the FasTracks North Metro Rail Line which includes three stations in Thornton. The North Metro Rail Line will provide the City of Thornton with a unique opportunity to redefine how we plan and develop new neighborhoods in close proximity to rail transit. To create a vision for how vibrant "transit-oriented" communities could be developed around these stations, the City has undergone a planning proces for the area around each station. The resulting "Station Area Master Plans" provide a planning framework for future development and redevelopment around these stations and act as a blueprint for the City to move forward with policy, regulatory and investment decisions for these areas.
Station Area Master Plans
The City has a master plan for each of the three currently approved FasTracks stations in Thornton, as well as a master plan for land around the station in Northglenn:
- The 'Original Thornton at 88th Station Area Master Plan' was adopted on January 13, 2015 and focuses on the area around the future station at 88th Avenue and Welby Road.
- The 'Thornton Crossroads at 104th Station Area Master Plan' was adopted on January 13, 2015 and focuses on the area around the future station at 104th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
- The '2009 Eastlake Station Transit-Oriented Development Master Plan' (superseded) was adopted on February 24, 2009 and focuses on the area around the future Eastlake station at 124th Avenue.
- The '2015 Eastlake at 124th Station Area Master Plan' was adopted on October 27, 2015 and more information can be located by clicking the link to the right. The plan focuses on the future commuter rail station located near 124th Avenue and Claude Court.
- The '112th Avenue Station Area Master Plan' was adopted by Thornton City Council on February 28, 2017. This plan was a joint effort between the cities of Northglenn and Thornton. The plan focuses on development around the future Northglenn at 112th Station.
RTD Fastracks North Metro Rail Approved!
On December 16th, 2013, RTD announced that work will begin on the North Metro Commuter Rail Line in early spring 2014. Phase 1 from Denver Union Station to the 124th Avenue/Eastlake Station is scheduled to open by 2018. Click on the image to the left to see the location of the stations within the first phase of the North Metro Rail Line.
In 2004, Denver metropolitan area voters approved the RTD Fastracks program to expand rail service in the Denver metro region. One segment of this expanded rail service is The North Metro Corridor project. This project proposes approximately 18 miles of commuter rail transit from downtown Denver north to State Highway 7 (162nd avenue) serving Denver, Commerce City, Thornton, Northglenn, and unicorporated areas of Adams County. Six stations serving Thornton residents have been planned by RTD at 88th Ave., 104th Ave., 112th Ave. (located in Northglenn), 124th Ave./Eastlake, 144th Ave., and 162nd Ave. Funding is currently approved for construction up to the 124th Avenue/Eastlake Station.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
As part of the RTD Fastracks program, many of the stations along the region's rail corridors will seek to include elements of "transit-oriented development" or "TOD" within the station area. TOD elements aim to produce a pedestrian friendly environment with a mix of appropriate land uses that support all alternative forms of transportation.
For the most up to date information see RTD's North Metro 'What's New" webpage. For questions on specfic topics or potential impacts please refer to RTD's Frequently Asked Questions webpage.