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Adams County Infrastructure Keeps Residents Well Connected

Thanks to a great transportation network, you can easily get to anywhere from here.

By Lindsey Hyde on June 22, 2022

Westminster Station in Colorado
Theo Stroomer

No matter your destination – be it a quick jaunt to the grocery store, a run along a local trail, an evening out in Denver or a trip abroad – Adams County has the infrastructure in place to get you where you need to go.

“The regional connectivity both in terms of bike paths and walking paths is good,” says Carson Priest, executive director of Smart Commute Metro North, a transportation management organization that promotes and supports smarter commuting options in the Denver Metro North region. “And I think the biggest selling point is the regional transit connectivity.”

Map of transportation options in Adams County, CO

Rail Service in Adams County

And a big selling point it is – a number of commuter rail lines run through and near the county, which residents can use to travel to work or nearby entertainment, like a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field in Denver.

The B Line, a commuter rail corridor under construction, offers 5.7 miles of a proposed 41-mile line, which, when finished, will run from Union Station to Longmont.

Ride the N Line

The newest addition is the N Line, a commuter rail that runs 13 miles from Denver’s Union Station to 124th Avenue in Thornton. An additional 5.5 miles will eventually be added to connect to State Highway 7/162nd Avenue in North Adams County.

Two other options include the G Line, an 11-mile commuter rail connecting Wheat Ridge to Union Station, and the R Line, a light rail train that travels from Peoria Station to Lincoln Station.

“(Traveling by rail is) a cheaper option. It’s easier on your wallet, and you gain a lot of time back,” Priest says. “You’re saving … minutes of your life where you could be answering an email, focusing on your mental health or getting back in touch with somebody via text or phone, which you couldn’t do while driving safely.”

Roads and Highways in Adams County

For those looking to be behind the wheel, Adams County provides access to a great network of highways and interstates. A few examples include Interstate 70 and the North I-25 corridor.

“I think of I-25 as the main street of Colorado,” Priest says, noting that it connects north to Wyoming and south to New Mexico.

As for I-70, Priest says residents use this section of road to get to many entertainment options. “It gives people an opportunity to go recreate in the mountains that we all love here in Denver,” he says.

Some drivers also utilize E-470, a 47-mile toll road, to bypass I-25 traffic or travel to Denver International Airport (DEN).

Denver International Airport in Colorado
Denver International Airport

International Airport Near Adams County

Adams County’s proximity to DEN is also advantageous for residents. Whether individuals are looking to travel for business or pleasure, the airport is less than an hour’s drive from most places in the county. DEN serves 28 international destinations in 14 countries and allows passengers to reach over 215 destinations nonstop.

Little Dry Creek Trail and Westminster Station Nature Play Park in Adams County, CO
Theo Stroomer

Hit the Trails in Adams County

While there are a number of ways to travel outside the county, residents also have access to four main trails that connect different communities in and around the region. These include the 14-mile South Platt e River, 2-mile Niver Canal, 1.2-mile Little Dry Creek and 9-mile Clear Creek trails.

“(The trails are) just a huge resource if you want to hop on a bike and go to Denver, go to Golden, go to Brighton, stop for a picnic on the way. You can do that,” says Aaron Clark, natural resource specialist for the Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts Department.

Start Pedaling

These trails also open residents up to more entertainment options, as they can bike to Brighton and meet up with friends, or even cycle to Denver and try out a new restaurant.

Additional trails are already in the works to provide residents with even more connections. One example is the High Plains Trail, a regional trail that will run along the E-470 corridor. Construction on the first segment is scheduled to begin in spring 2022.

“Mobility, connectivity – it’s an ongoing project,” Clark says. “But I think we’ve made a lot of headway in the last couple of years, especially, and it’s really exciting what we’re going to be able to get to do.”

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