The C 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 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.

C Line
Denver Light Rail Near Union Station.jpg
Old alignment near Union Station
Overview
TypeLight Rail
SystemRegional Transportation District
StatusOperational
LocaleDenver-Aurora Metropolitan Area
TerminiUnion Station
Littleton–Mineral
Stations12
Operation
OpenedApril 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
OwnerRegional Transportation District
Operator(s)Regional Transportation District
Technical
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
ElectrificationOverhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

Union Station Amtrak  A  B  G  ( N  2020)
 E  W 
Pepsi Center–Elitch Gardens
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Auraria West
 W 
 D  F  H 
10th & Osage
Alameda
I-25 & Broadway
Fare Zone Boundary
 E  F  H 
Evans
Englewood
Oxford–City of Sheridan
Fare Zone Boundary
Littleton–Downtown
Littleton–Mineral  D 
Lucent Boulevard & C-470
(TBD)

StationsEdit

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 Broncos Stadium 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 2002  E  &  W  Lines
 Amtrak
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 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

FasTracksEdit

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.[2]

ReferencesEdit

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

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