D Line (RTD)

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D Line
RTD D-Line Convention Center Station.jpg
D Line at the Convention Center
Overview
Type Light rail
System Regional Transportation District
StatusOperational
Locale Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini 18th & California/18th & Stout
Littleton–Mineral
Stations12
Operation
OpenedOctober 7, 1994
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

Contents

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18th & Stout | 18th & California
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16th & Stout | 16th & California
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Theatre District–Convention Center
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Colfax at Auraria
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10th & Osage
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Alameda
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I-25 & Broadway
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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   C  
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Lucent Boulevard & C-470
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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.

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Route

The D Line's northern terminus is in downtown Denver, at 19th Street. On trips from Littleton, the line runs along 14th Street and California Street before reaching the northern terminus; on trips leaving downtown, the line goes along Stout Street. Then the line follows Stout Street and Colfax Avenue, and follows a railroad right-of-way, where it joins with the C Line at 10th & Osage station. They run in tandem until they reach their southern terminus at Mineral Avenue in Littleton. [1]

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Stations

The Convention Center/Performing Arts Station, which opened in 2004, replaces the 14th & Stout and 14th & California stations, which opened in 1994.

NameOpening YearInterchangeMunicipalitypark-n-Ride?
D Line (30th & Downing - Littleton/Mineral)
18th & California (northbound) and
18th & Stout (southbound)
1994  F  ,   H   &   L   Lines Denver No
16th & California (northbound) and
16th & Stout (southbound)
1994  F  ,   H   &   L   Lines
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No
Theatre District–Convention Center 2004  F   &   H   Lines Denver No
Colfax at Auraria 1994  F   &   H   Lines Denver No
10th & Osage 1994  C  ,   E  ,   F   &   H   Lines Denver No
Alameda 1994  C  ,   E  ,   F   &   H   Lines Denver No
I-25 & Broadway 1994  C  ,   E  ,   F   &   H   Lines Denver Yes
Fare Zone Boundary
Evans 2000  C   Line Denver Yes
Englewood 2000  C   Line Englewood Yes
Oxford–City of Sheridan 2000  C   Line Sheridan No
Fare Zone Boundary
Littleton–Downtown 2000  C   Line Littleton Yes
Littleton–Mineral 2000  C   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. [2]

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.

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Theatre District–Convention Center station

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I-25 & Broadway station RTD light rail station in Denver, Colorado

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Littleton–Mineral station

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A Line (RTD) commuter rail line operated by Regional Transportation District

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B Line (RTD) commuter rail line operated by Regional Transportation District

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Jefferson County Government Center–Golden station

Jefferson County Government Center–Golden station is an RTD light rail station located at 6th Avenue and Johnson Road in Golden, Colorado, United States. The station is the westernmost terminus of the new W Line which was built as part of the FasTracks expansion. It opened in April 2013 and is operated by the Regional Transportation District. This station is the westernmost station served by light rail trains in the Denver metro area.

G Line (RTD) rail line in Denver

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)

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 is under construction as part of the FasTracks expansion plan. 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 will have 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 will be the only line operated by RTD itself.

16th & California and 16th & Stout stations light rail stations in Denver, Colorado

16th & California station and 16th & Stout station are a pair of RTD light rail stations in Downtown Denver, Colorado, United States. Operating as part of the D, F, H, and L lines, the stations were opened on October 8, 1994, and are operated by the Regional Transportation District. These stations have one track each, and are one city block apart. 16th & California is served only by northbound trains and 16th & Stout is served only by southbound trains. These stations serve the 16th Street Mall and provide connections to the MallRide shuttle bus and Union Station via the shuttles.

18th & California station and 18th & Stout station are a pair of RTD light rail stations in Downtown Denver, Colorado, United States. Operating as part of the D, F, H, and L lines, the stations were opened on October 8, 1994, and are operated by the Regional Transportation District. These stations have one track each, and are one city block apart. 18th & California is served only by northbound trains and 18th & Stout is served only by southbound trains. This is a transfer point for any passenger traveling to stops north of this station along Welton Street towards the 30th & Downing station. The L Line serves these stops.

References

  1. "RTD - Light Rail System Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. "RTD - FasTracks System Map". Regional Transportation District. Archived from the original on December 23, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2015.

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