L Line (RTD)

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L Line
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A northbound L-Line train at the 18th & California station.
Overview
Type Light rail
System Regional Transportation District
StatusOperational
Locale Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini 30th & Downing
16th & California/16th & Stout
Stations6
Operation
OpenedJanuary 14, 2018
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
Technical
Number of tracks1–2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

Contents

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  A  
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38th & Blake
in planning
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35th & Downing
in planning
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33rd & Downing
in planning
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30th & Downing
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29th & Welton
closed 2013
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27th & Welton
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25th & Welton
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20th & Welton
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18th & Stout | 18th & California
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16th & Stout | 16th & California
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  D    F    H  

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. [1]

Route

The L Line's northern terminus is in Five Points northeast of downtown Denver. From 30th & Downing station, it runs southwest along Welton Street before turning down 19th Street. On trips toward downtown, the line runs along Stout Street; [2] on trips leaving downtown, the line loops back at 14th Street before serving stations on California Street and then heading back to 30th & Downing along Welton Street. [3]

Proposed extension

The Central Rail Extension Mobility Study Final Report [4] proposed that the D Line stations from 20th & Welton to 30th & Downing and future extension stations be operated on an independent route. This route would operate from the downtown loop to a new terminus created by sharing the A Line's 38th & Blake station. [5] Former D Line riders would have to transfer to the new L Line as the D Line's new northern terminus would be the downtown loop (nominally 18th & California station). The 14th & California station closed in 2004 could be restored to support the L Line at the Convention Center, allowing for transfers to Theatre District–Convention Center station. [4] RTD's Board of Directors approved the introduction of the current shorter version of the L Line with the January 14, 2018 service changes. The L Line uses existing track between 30th & Downing station and the downtown loop. [6]

Stations

NameOpening YearInterchangeMunicipalitypark-n-Ride?
L Line
30th & Downing 1994None Denver Yes
29th & Welton 1994(closed 2013) Denver No
27th & Welton 1995None Denver No
25th & Welton 1994None Denver No
20th & Welton 1994None Denver No
18th & California (northbound) and
18th & Stout (southbound)
1994  D  ,   F   &   H   Lines Denver No
16th & California (northbound) and
16th & Stout (southbound)
1994  D  ,   F   &   H   Lines
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No

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38th & Blake station

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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.

20th & Welton station

20th & Welton station is an island platformed RTD light rail station in 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 southernmost station on the Five Points branch. The January 14, 2018 service changes introduced the L Line, which now serves this station in place of the D Line.

27th & Welton station

27th & Welton 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 December 19, 1995, and is operated by the Regional Transportation District. The stop was opened over a year after the light rail line after support from the neighborhood. The January 14, 2018 service changes introduced the L Line, which now serves this station in place of the D Line.

29th & Welton station

29th & Welton station was an RTD light rail station in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, United States. Formerly operating as part of the D Line, the station was opened on October 8, 1994, and was operated by the Regional Transportation District.

References

  1. Konopasek, Michael (14 January 2018). "RTD launches L Line train service". Fox. KDVR. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. "RTD - Rail: L Line (Southbound)". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. "RTD - Rail: L Line (Northbound)". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. 1 2 "RTD - Central Rail Extension Mobility Study Final Report, December 2014". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. "RTD - FasTracks System Map". Regional Transportation District. Archived from the original on December 23, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  6. "Final Service Changes - January 2018". RTD. Retrieved 16 November 2017.

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