G Line (RTD)

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G Line
Gold Line(RTD) from Tellar St looking west in snow.jpg
Gold Line covered in snow near the Ward Road station.
Type Commuter rail
System Regional Transportation District
Status Under construction
Locale Denver Metropolitan Area
Termini Union Station
Wheat Ridge
Stations 8
Opened TBD
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Denver Transit Partners
Line length 11.2 miles (18.0 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead Lines
Route diagram
Opening 2017
Wheat Ridge / Ward
Arvada Ridge
Olde Town Arvada
SH 121 (Wadsworth Bypass)
SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard)
60th & Sheridan / Arvada Gold Strike
Clear Creek
US 287 (Federal Boulevard)
Clear Creek / Federal
Pecos Junction
41st & Fox
South Platte River
 N  (Opens 2018)
Amtrak Amtrak California Zephyr
Union Station
Amtrak A  B  ( N  2018)
 C  E  W 

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 an unspecified date.[3]


For the original RTD light rail line known as the G Line, see R Line (RTD) § History.

The Gold Line is part of the RTD’s FasTracks expansion plan, and will be operated by Denver Transit Partners as part of the Eagle P3 public–private partnership.[4] The line received a Record of Decision approval from the Federal Transit Administration in November 2009 allowing the line to be developed.[5] Groundbreaking for the line occurred on 31 August 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.[6]

The line will be 11.2 miles (18.0 km) in length,[6] and is expected to cost $590.5 million.[5] There will be a total of eight stations: Union Station, 41st Avenue, Pecos, Federal, Sheridan, Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road.[5]

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.[7]


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 the Pecos Station after which the two routes diverge. The G Line continues west to its terminus in Wheat Ridge.[8]


Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality / CDP park-n-Ride? Status
G Line (Union Station – Wheat Ridge / Ward)
Union Station/
Lower Downtown (LoDo)/
Coors Field/16th Street Mall
2014  A  &  B  Lines
 C ,  E , &  W  Lines
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No Open
41st & Fox 2017  B  Line Denver Yes Under Construction
Pecos Junction 2017  B  Line North Washington Yes Under Construction
Clear Creek / Federal 2017 None Berkley Yes Under Construction
60th & Sheridan / Arvada Gold Strike 2017 None Arvada Yes Under Construction
Olde Town Arvada 2017 None Arvada Yes Under Construction
Arvada Ridge 2017 None Arvada Yes Under Construction
Wheat Ridge / Ward 2017 None Wheat Ridge Yes Under Construction


  1. ^ http://www.rtd-denver.com/g-line.shtml
  2. ^ "RTD - G Line". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Paul, Jesse (18 November 2016). "RTD will not open G-Line or R-Line before end of year as planned". The Denver Post. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Project, Denver, USA". Railway Technology. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Fastracks Gold Line To Wheat Ridge Approved". The Denver Channel. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "USDOT provides $1 billion for Denver RTD's Eagle P3 commuter-rail project". Progressive Railroading. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stories Along the Line: Gold Line carries a rich name". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "RTD - Northwest Rail Line - Project Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved February 11, 2015.