G Line (RTD)

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G Line
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G-Line train at 41st and Fox Station
Overview
StatusOperational
Owner Regional Transportation District
Locale Denver metropolitan area
Termini Union Station
Wheat Ridge/Ward
Stations8
Website RTD-Denver - G-Line
Service
Type Commuter rail
System Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Denver Transit Partners
History
OpenedApril 26, 2019
Technical
Line length11.2 miles (18.0 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead lines, 25k V AC 60 Hz
Route diagram

Contents

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Wheat Ridge/Ward
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Arvada Ridge
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Olde Town Arvada
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Wadsworth Bypass
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Sheridan Boulevard
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60th & Sheridan/Arvada Gold Strike
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US 287
Federal Boulevard
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Clear Creek/Federal
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Fare Zone Boundary
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Pecos Junction
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CRMF
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41st & Fox
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Union Station
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The G Line, also known as the Gold Line during construction, [1] is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) electric commuter rail line between Denver Union Station and Wheat Ridge, Colorado. [2] Long scheduled to open in October 2016, the opening was delayed until mid-2019. [3] [4] 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. [5]

History

The Gold Line is part of the RTD’s FasTracks expansion plan, and is operated by Denver Transit Partners as part of the Eagle P3 public–private partnership. [6] The line received a Record of Decision approval from the Federal Transit Administration in November 2009 allowing the line to be developed. [7] Groundbreaking for the line occurred on August 31, 2011, at a ceremony in Olde Town Arvada where US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the approval of a $1 billion grant to fund the project. [8]

The line is 11.2 miles (18.0 km) in length, [8] and was expected to cost $590.5 million. [7] There are a total of eight stations: Union Station, 41st Avenue, Pecos, Federal, Sheridan, Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road. [7]

The project's nickname of the "Gold Line" refers to the June 1850 discovery of gold by Georgia prospector Lewis Ralston in Ralston Creek, which runs a few blocks from the Olde Town Station. [9]

Delays

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Sign telling that a station is closed.

The G Line was originally scheduled to open in late 2016, but was delayed due to crossing gate issues with the RTD's A and B lines. The automated crossing gate system, unique to the RTD system, failed to receive federal and state approvals and relied on flaggers on a federal waiver for the first two lines. After RTD solved timing issues with the gates, subject to Federal Railroad Administration approval, the G Line opened without flaggers and quiet zones in place on April 26th, 2019. Testing began in January 2018 and the state's Public Utilities Commission approved the automated gates in March. [10] [11] Pending FRA approval of the crossing systems in December 2018, the agency claimed it could begin operations as late as Q1 2019. [12] On April 1, 2019, RTD announced the opening of the G Line on April 26 following approval from respective organizations. [13]

Route

The G Line's southern terminus is at Union Station in Denver. It runs on a railroad right-of-way north sharing track with the B Line until Pecos Junction station after which the two routes diverge. The G Line continues west to its terminus in Wheat Ridge. [14]

Stations

NameOpening YearInterchangeMunicipality / CDP Park and ride?Status
G Line (Union Station – Wheat Ridge / Ward)
Union Station 2014  A  ,   B  , &   N   Lines
  C  ,   E  , &   W   Lines
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FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver NoOpen
41st & Fox 2019  B  Line Denver YesOpen
Pecos Junction 2019  B  Line North Washington YesOpen
Clear Creek/Federal 2019None Berkley YesOpen
60th & Sheridan/Arvada Gold Strike 2019None Arvada YesOpen
Olde Town Arvada 2019None Arvada YesOpen
Arvada Ridge 2019None Arvada YesOpen
Wheat Ridge/Ward 2019None Wheat Ridge YesOpen

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Pecos Junction station

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41st & Fox station

41st & Fox is a commuter rail station in Denver, Colorado, United States. It serves the Regional Transportation District's B Line and G Line and is located in Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood. It is the first station northbound on the route from Denver Union Station.

60th & Sheridan/Arvada Gold Strike station

60th Ave & Sheridan at Arvada Gold Strike is a commuter rail station on the G Line of the Denver RTD system in Denver, Colorado. It is located in Arvada, Colorado and is the fourth northbound station from Denver Union Station. It opened on April 26, 2019.

Olde Town Arvada station

Olde Town Arvada is a commuter rail station on the G Line of the Denver RTD system in Denver, Colorado. It is located in downtown Arvada, Colorado and is the fifth stop from Denver Union Station. The station includes 600 parking spaces in a parking garage that is shared with local businesses. Construction on the station and garage began late 2014.

Clear Creek/Federal station

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Arvada Ridge station

Arvada Ridge is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station on the G Line between Denver Union Station and Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The station is located in western Arvada, Colorado, on the west side of Kipling Parkway and near Red Rocks Community College's Arvada campus. It includes bus bays, a 200-stall park and ride, and a pedestrian underpass connecting the platform to Ridge Road and the park and ride. Public art at the station includes "Chromatic Harvest", a kaleidoscopic mural wall with geometric imagery of agriculture. The station opened on April 26, 2019.

Wheat Ridge/Ward station

Wheat Ridge/Ward is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station and terminus of the G Line. It opened on April 26, 2019, along with the rest of the G Line, after years of delays.

Sky Ridge station

Sky Ridge station is a light rail station in Lone Tree, Colorado, part of the RTD system in Denver. It is served by three lines: the E Line to Union Station, F Line to Downtown Denver, and R Line to Aurora; all three lines continue south towards RidgeGate Parkway station. The station consists of two side platforms located adjacent to the Sky Ridge Medical Center, near the interchange of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue. The station has ten bicycle racks. Construction on the 2.3-mile (3.7 km) extension to RidgeGate began in 2016 and cost $223 million. It opened on May 17, 2019.

References

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