C Line (RTD)

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C Line
Denver Light Rail Near Union Station.jpg
Old alignment near Union Station
Overview
StatusSuspended
Owner Regional Transportation District
Locale Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini Union Station
Littleton–Mineral
Stations12
Service
Type Light Rail
System Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
History
OpenedApril 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

Contents

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Union Station
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  E    W  
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Pepsi Center–Elitch Gardens
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Empower Field at Mile High
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Auraria West
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  W  
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  D    F    H  
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10th & Osage
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Alameda
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I-25 & Broadway
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Fare Zone Boundary
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  E    F    H  
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Evans
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Englewood
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Oxford–City of Sheridan
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Fare Zone Boundary
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Littleton–Downtown
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Littleton–Mineral   D  
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The C Line is a light rail line which was part of the rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area in Colorado. The line was added to the system on April 5, 2002, to coincide with the opening of the Central Platte Valley Spur. Initially, C trains operated seven days a week, but ran to Mineral Ave. only during peak hours and sporting events. At all other times, C service operated to I-25/Broadway. On May 3, 2003, C trains began operating to Mineral Ave. at all times. With the opening of the Southeast Corridor on November 17, 2006, weekend C service was discontinued except for certain sporting events, with the new E line operating seven days per week. On January 11, 2009, the midday service pattern between Union Station and I-25/Broadway was resumed and evening service discontinued. Midday weekday service was discontinued on January 19, 2012 and was reinstated on August 17, 2014 over the entire route. The C Line was fully suspended on January 10, 2021 as part of broader service cuts in response to ridership decreases related to the COVID-19 pandemic [1] .

Stations

The C Line's northern terminus was at Union Station in Denver, ran on a railroad right-of-way south to its junction with the D Line at 10th & Osage Station, and shared track with the D Line until both lines reach their southern terminus at Mineral Avenue in Littleton. [2]

In addition, the C Line provided access to the sports venues of Denver – Coors Field, Pepsi Center, and Broncos Stadium at Mile HighSix Flags Elitch Gardens, and LoDo, as well as access to the western portion of the Auraria Campus.

NameOpening YearInterchangeMunicipalitypark-n-Ride?
C Line (Union Station – Littleton/Mineral)
Union Station 2002  E   &   W   Lines
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FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No
Pepsi Center–Elitch Gardens 2002  E   &   W   Lines Denver No
Empower Field at Mile High 2002  E   &   W   Lines Denver No
Auraria West 2002  E   &   W   Lines Denver No
10th & Osage 1994  D  ,   E  ,   F  , &   H   Lines Denver No
Alameda 1994  D  ,   E  ,   F  , &   H   Lines Denver No
I-25 & Broadway 1994  D  ,   E  ,   F  , &   H   Lines Denver Yes
Fare Zone Boundary
Evans 2000  D   Line Denver Yes
Englewood 2000  D   Line Englewood Yes
Oxford–City of Sheridan 2000  D   Line Sheridan No
Fare Zone Boundary
Littleton–Downtown 2000  D   Line Littleton Yes
Littleton–Mineral 2000  D   Line Littleton Yes

FasTracks

The 2004 voter approved FasTracks plan will add 2.5 mi (4.02 km) to the Southwest Corridor (C Line and D Line). It will also add a station with 1,000 parking spots at C-470 and Lucent Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. There may also be a station at C-470 and Santa Fe Boulevard. [3]

Related Research Articles

FasTracks is a multibillion-dollar public transportation expansion plan under construction in metropolitan Denver, Colorado, United States. Developed by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the plan consists of new commuter rail, light rail, and express bus services. Six new light rail, electric commuter rail and diesel commuter rail lines with a combined length of 122 miles (196 km) will be constructed under the plan. It expands on previous transportation projects, notably T-REX, and includes 57 new transit stations and stops, 21,000 new parking spaces, 18 miles (29 km) of a bus service between Denver and Boulder and the renovation of Denver Union Station as a multi-modal transportation hub.

Regional Transportation District

The Regional Transportation District, more commonly referred to as RTD, is the regional agency operating public transit services in eight out of the twelve counties in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area in Colorado. It operates over a 2,342-square-mile (6,070 km2) area, serving 3.08 million people. RTD was organized in 1969 and is governed by a 15-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. Directors are elected to a four-year term and represent a specific district of about 180,000 constituents.

D Line (RTD)

The D Line is a light rail line which is part of the rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area in Colorado. The D line was the first line in the system when it opened in 1994, traveling from downtown Denver to I-25 and Broadway as the Central Corridor. It was extended along the Southwest Corridor in July 2000. Because it was the first and only line in the system it had no letter or color designation until the Central Platte Valley Spur opened on April 5, 2002, although on maps it was designated as Route 101.

E Line (RTD)

The E Line is a light rail line which is part of the rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. The line was added to the system on November 17, 2006, with the completion of the Southeast Corridor as part of the T-REX Project. It is one of four routes that are part of the RTD's service plan for the corridor. Although it operates seven days per week, the E line does not operate during midday hours on weekdays as of January 11, 2009.

F Line (RTD)

The F Line, part of the light rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado, was added to the system on November 17, 2006, as part of the Southeast Corridor project. It is one of four routes that are part of the RTD's service plan for the corridor. It operates Monday through Friday and does not run on weekends, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

R Line (RTD)

The R Line or Aurora Line/I-225 Rail is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail line that serves stations in Aurora, Denver, Greenwood Village, Centennial and Lone Tree. Opening on February 24, 2017, the line was designated as the “R” line, reflecting the letter R’s in “Aurora” and “Ridgegate”.

H Line (RTD)

The H Line, part of the light rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area in Colorado, was added to the system on November 17, 2006, with the completion of the Southeast Corridor project. It is one of four routes that are part of the RTD's service plan for the corridor.

I-25 & Broadway station

I-25 & Broadway station is a three-platform RTD light rail station in Denver, Colorado, United States. Operating as part of the C, D, E, F and H Lines, the station was opened on October 8, 1994, and is operated by the Regional Transportation District. As the name implies, the station is located at the interchange between Interstate 25 and Broadway in south-central Denver. It is the major transfer point for commuters traveling from Littleton and Englewood on the Southwest Line to the Denver Technological Center on the Southeast Lines.

Lincoln station (RTD)

Lincoln station is an island platformed RTD light rail station in Lone Tree, Colorado, United States. It is part of the E, F, and R Lines, operated by the Regional Transportation District, and was opened on November 17, 2006. The station features a public art installation entitled Sun Stream, created by Ray King and dedicated in 2006.

Littleton–Mineral station

Littleton–Mineral station is a RTD light rail station in Littleton, Colorado, United States. Operating as part of the C and D Lines, the station was opened on July 14, 2000, and is operated by the Regional Transportation District. Presently this serves as the southern terminus for both the C and D Lines; however, RTD plans to extend this line south to Highlands Ranch.

30th & Downing station

30th & Downing station is a RTD light rail station in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, United States. Originally operating as part of the D Line, the station was opened on October 8, 1994, and is operated by the Regional Transportation District. It is the current northern terminus for Five Points trains. Currently there is only one track on Welton Street for light rail trains, necessitating track sharing for trains in both directions between here and 20th & Welton. Therefore, only one line serves this station and all stations on the Five Points branch.

University of Denver station

University of Denver station is an island platformed RTD light rail station in Denver, Colorado, United States. Operating as part of the E, F, and H Lines, the station was opened on November 17, 2006, and is operated by the Regional Transportation District. It serves the University of Denver and is located at the north end of campus on Buchtel Boulevard at High Street across from the Ritchie Center. The station features a public art installation entitled Reflective Discourse, consisting of a series of blue steel panels with cut-out words along the length of the station. It was created by John Goe and dedicated in 2006.

RTD Bus & Rail Transit system in Denver, Colorado

RTD Bus and Rail is a transit system in the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area. Operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), it currently runs 86 local, 23 regional, 14 limited, and 3 skyRide bus routes plus some special services. It also includes 8 light rail lines and an additional 4 commuter rail lines with 78 stations and 113.1 miles (182.0 km) of track.

W Line (RTD)

The W Line, also called the West Rail Line, is a light rail line in Denver, Lakewood, and Golden, Colorado, United States. The W Line was the first part of FasTracks to break ground, on May 16, 2007. The line, the only line to traverse the West Corridor, opened for service on Friday, April 26, 2013.

A Line (RTD) Commuter rail line in Colorado

The A Line, officially called the University of Colorado A Line for sponsorship reasons, is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail line serving Denver and Aurora, Colorado, operating between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport (DIA). During planning and construction, it was also known as the East Rail Line, but most locals refer to it as the A Line. Despite its official title, the line does not serve the campuses of the University of Colorado.

B Line (RTD) Commuter rail line in Colorado

The B Line, also known as the Northwest Rail Line during construction, is a commuter rail line which is part of the commuter and light rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. Part of the FasTracks project, the first 6.2-mile (10 km) section from downtown Denver to south Westminster opened on July 25, 2016. If fully built out, estimated around 2042, the B Line will be a 41-mile (66 km) high-capacity route from Denver Union Station to Longmont, passing through North Denver, Adams County, Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville and Boulder.

G Line (RTD)

The G Line, also known as the Gold Line during construction, is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) electric commuter rail line between Denver Union Station and Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Long scheduled to open in October 2016, the opening was delayed until mid-2019. The reason specified for the delay was timing issues experienced by the other commuter rail lines in the RTD system, which currently require a Federal Railroad Administration waiver to operate their grade crossings manually, and the wireless crossing system used by those lines.

N Line (RTD) Commuter rail line in the Denver metropolitan area

The N Line, also known as the North Metro Rail Line during construction, is a commuter rail line which is part of the commuter and light rail system owned by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. The first 13 miles (21 km) from downtown Denver to 124th Avenue in Thornton opened as part of the FasTracks expansion plan on September 21, 2020. When fully built out the line will be 18.5 miles (29.8 km) long and pass through Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn, and Thornton. The N Line features Colorado's longest bridge at 9,533 feet called the Skyway Bridge. While other RTD commuter lines are operated by Denver Transit Partners for RTD, this is the only line operated by RTD itself.

L Line (RTD)

The L Line is a light rail line which is part of the light rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area in Colorado. The L Line opened as part of a service change in 2018 and is formed by a truncated section of the D Line, which formerly served the route.

References

  1. Richards, Makayla. "RTD service changes take effect Sunday". 9News. 10 January 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  2. "RTD - Light Rail System Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  3. "Fastracks - Southwest Corridor". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved April 11, 2010.

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