C Line (RTD)

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C Line
Denver Light Rail Near Union Station.jpg
Old alignment near Union Station
Overview
Type Light Rail
System Regional Transportation District
Status Operational
Locale Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini Union Station
Littleton/Mineral
Stations 12
Operation
Opened April 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines
Route diagram
Amtrak Amtrak California Zephyr
Union Station Amtrak  A  B  ( G  2017), ( N  2018)
 E  W 
Pepsi Center/Elitch Gardens
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Auraria West
 W 
 D  F  H 
10th & Osage
US 6 (6th Avenue Freeway)
Alameda
I-25
I-25 & Broadway
 E  F  H 
Evans
Englewood
Oxford/City of Sheridan
Littleton/Downtown
Littleton/Mineral  D 
SH 470
Lucent Boulevard & C-470 (TBD)

The C 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 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.

Stations[edit]

The C Line's northern terminus is at Union Station in Denver, runs on a railroad right-of-way south to its junction with the D Line at 10th & Osage Station, and shares track with the D Line until both lines reach their southern terminus at Mineral Avenue in Littleton.[1]

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

Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality park-n-Ride?
C Line (Union Station – Littleton/Mineral)
Union Station/
Lower Downtown (LoDo)/
Coors Field/16th Street Mall
2002  E  &  W  Lines
AmtrakAmtrak
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No
Pepsi Center / Elitch Gardens 2002  E  &  W  Lines Denver No
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2002  E  &  W  Lines Denver No
Auraria West Campus 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[edit]

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. This extension may open as soon as 2017.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RTD - Light Rail System Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fastracks - Southwest Corridor". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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