E Line (RTD)

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E Line (RTD)
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E Line at 10th/Osage by a UP rail yard
Type Light rail
System Regional Transportation District
Status Operational
Locale Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini Union Station
Stations 18
Opened November 17, 2006
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
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)
 C  W 
Pepsi Center/Elitch Gardens
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Auraria West
 D  F  H 
10th & Osage
US 6 (6th Avenue Freeway)
I-25 & Broadway
 C  D 
Louisiana & Pearl
University of Denver
 H  R 
Arapahoe at Village Center
Dry Creek
County Line
SH 470 / E-470
Lincoln  F  R 
Sky Ridge Medical Center (2019)
Lone Tree City Center (2019)
RidgeGate Parkway (2019)

The E Line, sometimes known as the Purple Line, 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 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.

According to a map in the RTD's current service plan for the corridor, the E Line's color is purple, also referred to as 'plum'.


The E Line's northern terminus is at Union Station in downtown Denver. It shares track with the C Line from Union Station to I-25 & Broadway, then diverges by a level junction onto a flyover, and then parallels Interstate 25 from there to Lincoln Avenue in Lone Tree.[1]


Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality park-n-Ride?
E Line (Union Station – Lincoln Avenue)
Union Station/
Lower Downtown (LoDo)/
Coors Field
2002  C  &  W  Lines
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No
Pepsi Center/Elitch Gardens 2002  C  &  W  Lines Denver No
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2002  C  &  W  Lines Denver No
Auraria West Campus 2002  C  &  W  Lines Denver No
10th & Osage 1994  C ,  D ,  F , &  H  Lines Denver No
Alameda 1994  C ,  D ,  F , &  H  Lines Denver No
I-25 & Broadway 1994  C ,  D ,  F , &  H  Lines Denver Yes
Fare Zone Boundary
Louisiana/Pearl 2006  F  &  H  Lines Denver No
University of Denver 2006  F  &  H  Lines Denver Yes
Colorado 2006  F  &  H  Lines Denver Yes
Yale 2006  F  &  H  Lines Denver Yes
Southmoor 2006  F  &  H  Lines Denver Yes
Fare Zone Boundary
Belleview 2006  F  &  R  Lines Denver Yes
Orchard 2006  F  &  R  Lines Greenwood Village Yes
Arapahoe at Village Center 2006  F  &  R  Lines Greenwood Village Yes
Dry Creek 2006  F  &  R  Lines Centennial Yes
County Line 2006  F  &  R  Lines Lone Tree Yes
Lincoln 2006  F  &  R  Lines Lone Tree Yes
Sky Ridge Medical Center 2019 (planned)[2]  F  &  R  Lines Lone Tree No
Lone Tree City Center 2019 (planned)[2]  F  &  R  Lines Lone Tree No
RidgeGate 2019 (planned)[2]  F  &  R  Lines Lone Tree Yes


Main article: FasTracks

The 2004 voter-approved FasTracks initiative will add 2.3 mi (3.70 km) to the Southeast Corridor (E Line and F Line). It will also add three stations at Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree City Center and RidgeGate Parkway, with a 2,000 space parking lot at RidgeGate.

Regional Transportation District has sent four teams a Request for Proposal on the Southeast Corridor extension expected due in May 2015.[2] The Southeast Rail Line Extension plan is to extend light rail transit service to the new RidgeGate Parkway Interchange. Additional stations at Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree City Center, and new R Line terminus station at RidgeGate will have an expected opening in 2019.[2]


  1. ^ "RTD - Light Rail System Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Southeast Rail Extension". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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