R Line (RTD)

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R Line
Future R Line, Exposition & Sable, looking north, Aurora, CO.jpg
R Line tracks at the intersection of East Exposition Ave and South Sable Boulevard prior to operation
Overview
StatusOpen
Owner Regional Transportation District
Locale Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini Peoria
RidgeGate Parkway
Stations19
Service
Type Light rail
System Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
History
OpenedNovember 17, 2006 (Original G Line)
February 24, 2017 (R Line)
ClosedMay 3, 2009 (Original G Line)
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

Contents

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Peoria   A  
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Fitzsimons
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Colfax
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13th Avenue
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Fare Zone Boundary
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2nd Avenue & Abilene
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Aurora Metro Center
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Florida
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Iliff
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Nine Mile
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Dayton
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Belleview
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Orchard
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Arapahoe at Village Center
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Dry Creek
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County Line
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Lincoln
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Sky Ridge
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Lone Tree City Center
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RidgeGate Parkway   E    F  

The R Line or Aurora Line/I-225 Rail [1] is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail line that serves stations in Aurora, Denver, Greenwood Village, Centennial and Lone Tree. [2] Opening on February 24, 2017, the line was designated as the “R” line, reflecting the letter R’s in “Aurora” and “Ridgegate”. [3]

The line travels over newer and older portions of the RTD Light Rail system. The R Line was preceded by the G Line, which operated from 2006 to 2009 along the southern half of the route. The R Line is the only line in the RTD rail system not serving downtown Denver.

History

G Line service (2006–2009)

November 17, 2006 saw the completion of the Southeast Corridor light rail project (part of the Transportation Expansion Project). One of the four routes that were part of the RTD’s service plan for the corridor, the route between Aurora and Lone Tree, was named the “G Line” and assigned the color brown. [4] The G Line’s northern terminus was at Nine Mile Station in Aurora on the I-225 branch of the system, shared with the H Line, while its southern terminus was at Lincoln Avenue Station in Lone Tree, shared with the E and F Lines.

In August 2007, night, Saturday, Sunday and holiday service on this route was discontinued due to low ridership. An exception was the lone northbound Owl service trip on weekend and holiday mornings. Service was further reduced to peak hour-only in August 2008 before being suspended entirely on May 3, 2009. [5]

FasTracks relaunch

I-225 Rail Line

The 2004 voter-approved FasTracks initiative marked the return of the Aurora-Lone Tree Line. The I-225 Corridor is a 10.5-mile (16.9 km) light rail line running through Aurora and facilitates a circumferential link between the Southeast Corridor and the East Corridor. The project will include seven new stations and provide 1,800 new parking spaces. Construction began in spring 2012 on a short section of the line as part of a joint contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Following an unsolicited proposal from Kiewit Infrastructure Company, funding was secured for the full line, which was expected to open in winter 2016. [6] The opening date was later pushed back. [7] On January 30, 2017, RTD announced that the H and R Lines would begin service on February 24, 2017. [8]

Southeast Corridor Extension

Regional Transportation District sent four teams a Request for Proposal for the Southeast Corridor extension, consisting of 2.3 miles (3.7 km) of new track south of Lincoln station that would serve three new stations: Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree City Center, and the terminus at RidgeGate Parkway. [9] [10] On July 28, 2015, a design-build contract for the extension was awarded to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. Design on the extension began in fall 2015 and construction began in 2016. [9] [11] The extension opened on May 17, 2019. [12]

Route

The R Line travels south from Peoria Station in northwest Aurora, predominantly following Interstate 225 through central Aurora to Belleview Station in southeast Denver. It then follows Interstate 25 to its terminus at RidgeGate Parkway station in southern Lone Tree. Due to low ridership, the R Line was cut back to Lincoln Station, no longer serving Sky Ridge, Lone Tree City Center, and RidgeGate Parkway Stations.

Stations

NameOpening YearInterchangeMunicipalityParkingStatus
R Line (Peoria – RidgeGate)
Peoria 2016  A   Line Aurora YesOpen
Fitzsimons 2017None Aurora NoOpen
Colfax 2017None Aurora NoOpen
13th Avenue 2017None Aurora YesOpen
2nd Avenue & Abilene 2017None Aurora YesOpen
Aurora Metro Center 2017None Aurora YesOpen
Florida 2017  H   Line Aurora NoOpen
Iliff 2017  H   Line Aurora YesOpen
Nine Mile 2006  H   Line Aurora YesOpen
Dayton 2006  H   Line Aurora YesOpen
Belleview 2006  E   &   F   Lines Denver YesOpen
Orchard 2006  E   &   F   Lines Greenwood Village YesOpen
Arapahoe at Village Center 2006  E   &   F   Lines Greenwood Village YesOpen
Dry Creek 2006  E   &   F   Lines Centennial YesOpen
County Line 2006  E   &   F   Lines Lone Tree YesOpen
Lincoln 2006  E   &   F   Lines Lone Tree YesOpen
Sky Ridge 2019  E   &   F   Lines Lone Tree NoOpen
Lone Tree City Center 2019  E   &   F   Lines Lone Tree NoOpen
RidgeGate Parkway 2019  E   &   F   Lines Lone Tree YesOpen

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Regional Transportation District

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C Line (RTD)

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.

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.

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.

Nine Mile station

Nine Mile station is an island platformed RTD light rail station in Aurora, Colorado, United States. The station was opened on November 17, 2006, and is operated by the Regional Transportation District as part of the H and R lines. When it opened in 2006, it was the terminus of the H Line Southeast Corridor trains traveling along Interstate 225. After the opening of the R Line in 2017, trains on the H Line were extended northeast to Florida station.

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.

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.

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.

Peoria station

Peoria station, also known as Peoria/Smith station, is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) station in Aurora, Colorado. The station is served by the A Line, a commuter rail line from Union Station in Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport, and the R Line, a light rail line crossing through Aurora and South to Lone Tree. A Line travel times from the station to Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport are about 17 and 20 minutes, respectively. Peoria station is the northern terminus of the R Line with a travel time of 58 minutes to the southern terminus at Lincoln station.

Colfax station (RTD)

Colfax station is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail station on the R Line in Aurora, Colorado. The station is located on the light rail bridge elevated above Colfax Avenue between Fitzsimons Parkway and Interstate 225.

Fitzsimons station

Fitzsimons station is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail station on the R Line in Aurora, Colorado. The station is located along the north side of Fitzsimons Parkway along Sand Creek Park and serves the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus via a free shuttle bus.

RidgeGate Parkway station

RidgeGate Parkway station is a light rail station in Lone Tree, Colorado, part of the RTD system in Denver. It is the terminus of three lines: the E Line to Union Station, the F Line to Downtown Denver, and the R Line to Aurora. The station consists of two side platforms located adjacent to the interchange of Interstate 25 and RidgeGate Parkway. It also has a 1,300-stall parking garage and bicycle facilities. 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.

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.

Lone Tree City Center station

Lone Tree City Center 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, the F Line to Downtown Denver, and the R Line to Aurora. The station consists of two side platforms located adjacent to the interchange of Interstate 25 and RidgeGate Parkway. It also has a 1,300-stall parking garage and bicycle facilities. Construction on the 2.3-mile (3.7 km) extension to Lone Tree began in 2016 and cost $223 million, encompassing three stations—Lone Tree City Center, RidgeGate, and Sky Ridge. It opened on May 17, 2019.

References

  1. "RTD - R Line". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  2. "RTD - I-225 Rail Line". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. "Aurora News Weekly" (July 13, 2015). City of Aurora, Colorado. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  4. "RTD 🇪🇭 Southeast Light Rail". Regional Transportation District. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  5. Jeffrey Leib (January 13, 2009). "RTD plans to reduce service". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  6. "FasTracks - I-225 Corridor". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  7. Paul, Jesse (November 18, 2016). "RTD will not open G-Line or R-Line before end of year as planned". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  8. "RTD". www3.rtd-denver.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  9. 1 2 Aguilar, John (January 25, 2019). "Light-rail extension into Lone Tree set to start passenger service May 19". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  10. "Southeast Rail Extension". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  11. "Contract approved to extend Southeast Rail Line in Douglas County". RTD FasTracks. Regional Transportation District of Denver. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  12. Rubino, Joe (May 15, 2019). "RTD's newest line in southeast Denver metro will power development for years to come". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 17, 2019.

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