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.[1]

L Line
L Line (RTD).JPG
A northbound L-Line train at the 18th & California station.
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerRegional Transportation District
LocaleDenver–Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini30th & Downing
16th & California/16th & Stout
Stations6
Service
TypeLight rail
SystemRegional Transportation District
Operator(s)Regional Transportation District
History
OpenedJanuary 14, 2018
Technical
Number of tracks1–2
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
ElectrificationOverhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

 A 
38th & Blake
in planning
35th & Downing
in planning
33rd & Downing
in planning
30th & Downing
Up arrow double track
Down arrow single track
29th & Welton
closed 2013
27th & Welton
25th & Welton
Up arrow single track
Down arrow double track
20th & Welton
18th & Stout | 18th & California
16th & Stout | 16th & California
 D   F   H 

RouteEdit

The L Line's northern terminus is in Five Points northeast of downtown Denver. From 30th & Downing station, it runs southwest along Welton Street before turning down 19th Street. On trips toward downtown, the line runs along Stout Street;[2] on trips leaving downtown, the line loops back at 14th Street before serving stations on California Street and then heading back to 30th & Downing along Welton Street.[3]

Proposed extensionEdit

The Central Rail Extension Mobility Study Final Report[4] proposed that the D Line stations from 20th & Welton to 30th & Downing and future extension stations be operated on an independent route. This route would operate from the downtown loop to a new terminus created by sharing the A Line's 38th & Blake station.[5] Former D Line riders would have to transfer to the new L Line as the D Line's new northern terminus would be the downtown loop (nominally 18th & California station). The 14th & California station closed in 2004 could be restored to support the L Line at the Convention Center, allowing for transfers to Theatre District–Convention Center station.[4] RTD's Board of Directors approved the introduction of the current shorter version of the L Line with the January 14, 2018 service changes. The L Line uses existing track between 30th & Downing station and the downtown loop.[6]

StationsEdit

Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality park-n-Ride?
L Line
30th & Downing 1994 None Denver Yes
29th & Welton 1994 (closed 2013) Denver No
27th & Welton 1995 None Denver No
25th & Welton 1994 None Denver No
20th & Welton 1994 None Denver No
18th & California (northbound) and
18th & Stout (southbound)
1994  D ,  F  &  H  Lines Denver No
16th & California (northbound) and
16th & Stout (southbound)
1994  D ,  F  &  H  Lines
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Konopasek, Michael (14 January 2018). "RTD launches L Line train service". Fox. KDVR. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ "RTD - Rail: L Line (Southbound)". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ "RTD - Rail: L Line (Northbound)". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "RTD - Central Rail Extension Mobility Study Final Report, December 2014". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "RTD - FasTracks System Map". Regional Transportation District. Archived from the original on December 23, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Final Service Changes - January 2018". RTD. Retrieved 16 November 2017.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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