List of Denver RTD rail stations

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A white train is parked at a recessed island platformed station with canopies and lighting visible.
Littleton–Downtown station

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a mass transit network, serving portions of Denver, Colorado, United States, and its surrounding metropolitan area, with light rail and commuter rail services. As of 2017, the 87-mile (140 km) network includes 61 stations on eight lines: A, C, D, E, F, H, R, and W.[1] In first quarter of 2016, the six light rail lines served an average 79,600 passengers a day, making the RTD light rail the eighth-largest light rail system in the United States in terms of ridership.[2]

All of the stations are open-air structures featuring passenger canopies for protection from adverse weather conditions.[3] The RTD has established criteria for station design with the intention of incorporating each station effectively into its surrounding community.[4] All stations feature three elements according to the criteria: the platform, its transition plaza and the intermodal passenger transport available to and from the facility.[4] Platforms are designed to accommodate four-car trains and may be in either a side, island or side center style.[4][A 1] The transition plaza is the area where passenger services can be found between the platform and where intermodal access is available.[4] All stations are decorated with works of public art as part of the RTD's "Art-n-Transit" program.[5] They include independent works as well as pieces incorporated into the canopies, columns, pavers, windscreens, fencing and landscaping.[5]

Light rail service began on October 8, 1994, with the opening of the initial fourteen stations on the 5.3-mile (8.5 km) Central Corridor segment from 30th & Downing station to I-25 & Broadway station.[6][7] The first extension opened on July 14, 2000, and included the completion of an additional 8.7 miles (14.0 km) of rail and five stations through its present southern terminus at Littleton–Mineral station.[8][9] In 2002, a four station, 1.8-mile (2.9 km) spur through the Central Platte Valley opened between the 10th & Osage station and Union Station.[10][11] By November 2006, expansion to the southeast saw the completion of 19 miles (31 km) of rail and thirteen stations between I-25 & Broadway and both Nine Mile station in Aurora and Lincoln in Lone Tree.[12][13] On April 26, 2013 the W Line was opened which added 12.1 miles (19.5 km) of rail and eleven stations between Auraria West station and the Jefferson County Government Center–Golden station in Golden, Colorado.[14][15] The first commuter rail line, the A Line to Denver Airport station, opened on April 22, 2016.[16]

Rail services use a zone-based fare system, where passengers are charged based on the number of zones through which they are traveling. Fare zones are noted A, B, and C, based on distance from Downtown Denver, with a separate airport zone for travel to and from Denver Airport station.[17]

Stations

Empty station platform with signage and canopy visible.
Union Station in Downtown Denver
Station platform and canopy with a white tram with orange and red stripes waiting to depart and various passengers visible.
20th & Welton station
Knox station on the W Line
Station platform and canopy with a white tram present and multiple buildings visible at rear.
University of Denver station
A white train is parked at an island platformed station with canopies and signage visible.
Orchard station
A white train is parked at a recessed side platformed station with canopies and signage visible.
Iliff station
* Designated transfer stations
dagger Terminal stations
Station Lines Jurisdiction Opened Fare zone[18] Reference
2nd Avenue & Abilene  R  R Line Aurora February 24, 2017 C [19]
10th & Osage *  C  C Line
 D  D Line
 E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
13th Avenue  R  R Line Aurora February 24, 2017 B [19]
16th & California  D  D Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
16th & Stout  D  D Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
18th & California *  D  D Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
18th & Stout *  D  D Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
20th & Welton  D  D Line Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
25th & Welton  D  D Line Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
27th & Welton  D  D Line Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
30th & Downing dagger  D  D Line Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
38th & Blake  A  A Line Denver April 22, 2016 A [16]
40th Ave & Airport Blvd–Gateway Park  A  A Line Aurora April 22, 2016 C [16]
40th & Colorado  A  A Line Denver April 22, 2016 A [16]
61st & Peña  A  A Line Denver April 22, 2016 C [16]
Alameda  C  C Line
 D  D Line
 E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
Arapahoe at Village Center  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 R  R Line
Greenwood Village November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Auraria West  C  C Line
 E  E Line
 W  W Line
Denver April 5, 2002 A [10][11]
Aurora Metro Center  R  R Line Aurora February 24, 2017 C [19]
Belleview  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 R  R Line
Denver November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Central Park  A  A Line Denver April 22, 2016 B [16]
Colfax  R  R Line Aurora February 24, 2017 B [19]
Colfax at Auraria  D  D Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
Colorado  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver November 17, 2006 B [12][13]
County Line  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 R  R Line
Lone Tree November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Dayton  H  H Line
 R  R Line
Aurora November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Decatur–Federal  W  W Line Denver April 26, 2013 A [20]
Denver Airport dagger  A  A Line Denver April 22, 2016 Airport zone [16]
Dry Creek  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 R  R Line
Centennial November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Englewood  C  C Line
 D  D Line
Englewood July 14, 2000 B [8][9]
Evans  C  C Line
 D  D Line
Denver July 14, 2000 B [8][9]
Federal Center  W  W Line Lakewood April 26, 2013 B [20]
Fitzsimons  R  R Line Aurora February 24, 2017 B [19]
Florida dagger  H  H Line
 R  R Line
Aurora February 24, 2017 B [19]
Garrison  W  W Line Lakewood April 26, 2013 B [20]
I-25 & Broadway *  C  C Line
 D  D Line
 E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver October 8, 1994 A [6][7]
Iliff  H  H Line
 R  R Line
Aurora February 24, 2017 B [19]
Jefferson County Government Center–Golden dagger  W  W Line Golden April 26, 2013 C [20]
Knox  W  W Line Denver April 26, 2013 A [20]
Lakewood–Wadsworth  W  W Line Lakewood April 26, 2013 B [20]
Lamar  W  W Line Lakewood April 26, 2013 B [20]
Lincoln dagger  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 R  R Line
Lone Tree November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Littleton–Downtown  C  C Line
 D  D Line
Littleton July 14, 2000 C [8][9]
Littleton–Mineral dagger  C  C Line
 D  D Line
Littleton July 14, 2000 C [8][9]
Louisiana–Pearl  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver November 17, 2006 B [12][13]
Nine Mile  H  H Line
 R  R Line
Aurora November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Oak  W  W Line Lakewood April 26, 2013 B [20]
Orchard  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 R  R Line
Greenwood Village November 17, 2006 C [12][13]
Oxford–City of Sheridan  C  C Line
 D  D Line
Sheridan July 14, 2000 B [8][9]
Peoria dagger  A  A Line
 R  R Line
Aurora April 22, 2016 B [16]
Perry  W  W Line Denver April 26, 2013 A [20]
Pepsi Center–Elitch Gardens  C  C Line
 E  E Line
 W  W Line
Denver April 5, 2002 A [10][11]
Red Rocks College  W  W Line Lakewood April 26, 2013 B [20]
Sheridan  W  W Line Denver April 26, 2013 A [20]
Southmoor *  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver November 17, 2006 B [12][13]
Sports Authority Field at Mile High  C  C Line
 E  E Line
 W  W Line
Denver April 5, 2002 A [10][11]
Theatre District–Convention Center  D  D Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver December 6, 2004 A [7][21]
Union Station dagger  A  A Line
 B  B Line
 C  C Line
 E  E Line
 W  W Line
Denver April 5, 2002 A [10][11]
University of Denver  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver November 17, 2006 B [12][13]
Westminster dagger  B  B Line Westminster July 25, 2016 B [22]
Yale  E  E Line
 F  F Line
 H  H Line
Denver November 17, 2006 B [12][13]

Future stations

FasTracks is a twelve-year, $6.9 billion public transportation expansion developed by the Regional Transportation District and currently underway.[14][23] The plan calls for six new lines: light rail, diesel commuter rail, and electric commuter rail lines with a combined length of 122 miles (196 km) to be opened between 2013 and 2017.[23] The first expansion undertaken was the West Corridor between Denver and Golden which opened April 26, 2013.[14][15] The second expansion and first commuter rail line to open was the University of Colorado A Line between Denver and Denver International Airport on April 22, 2016.[16]

As of 2017, the Gold Line commuter rail (G line) and the Northwest commuter rail (B line) sections remain under construction.

Station Lines Jurisdiction
41st/Fox  B  B Line

 G  G Line

Denver
60th/Federal  G  G Line Berkley
Arvada Ridge  G  G Line Arvada
Boulder Junction  B  B Line Boulder
Church Ranch  B  B Line Westminster
Downtown Longmont  B  B Line Longmont
Flatiron  B  B Line Broomfield
Gunbarrel  B  B Line Boulder
Louisville  B  B Line Louisville
Olde Town  G  G Line Arvada
Pecos  B  B Line
 G  G Line
North Washington
Sheridan  G  G Line Arvada
Ward Road  G  G Line Wheat Ridge

Former stations

As of 2016, only one RTD station has been removed from the system: 29th & Welton on the D Line in Downtown Denver.

Station Line(s) Jurisdiction Opened Closed
29th & Welton  D  D Line Denver October 8, 1994[6] January 6, 2013[24]

Notes

  1. ^ A side center platform is a configuration utilizing a single side platform on one side and a center platform to service the other track or tracks.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Light rail system map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Transit Ridership Report: First Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association (APTA). May 19, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ National Research Council; Transportation Research Board (1995). Seventh National Conference on Light Rail Transit Vol. 2. National Academy Press. p. 83. ISBN 0-309-06152-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Station design criteria" (PDF). RTD Design Guidelines & Criteria, Light Rail Design Criteria. Regional Transportation District. November 2005. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Art-n-Transit: A rider's guide to public art on RTD's transit system". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Roberts, Jeffrey A. (October 9, 1994). "100,000 give light rail a heavy workout". The Denver Post. p. C1. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "RTD: Central Corridor Light Rail Line" (PDF). Regional Transportation District. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Medina, Jennifer (July 3, 2000). "Train lovers hop on board new light rail". The Denver Post. p. B1. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "RTD: Southwest Corridor Light Rail Line" (PDF). Regional Transportation District. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Proctor, Cathy (March 22, 2002). "New light rail will provide a critical link". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "RTD: Central Platte Valley Light Rail Line" (PDF). Regional Transportation District. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Leib, Jeffrey (November 21, 2006). "A rail easy commute SE line's regular service debuts smoothly". The Denver Post. p. A1. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "RTD: Southeast Corridor" (PDF). Regional Transportation District. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c Seward, Jennifer (December 1, 2009). "Heading West RTD's West Corridor FasTracks construction begins in earnest". Mountain States Construction. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "RTD: West Corridor" (PDF). Regional Transportation District. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i Whaley, Monte; Aguilar, John (April 22, 2016). "A-train to Denver airport opens to public, hundreds wait to ride". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Fares". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Fares — Rail Fare Zones". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g Paul, Jesse (February 23, 2017). "RTD R-Line begins service Friday to Aurora, Denver and Lone Tree — and you can ride for free". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k RTD - West Line Stations
  21. ^ Hudson, Kris (December 7, 2004). "City unwraps expanded convention center". The Denver Post. p. B1. 
  22. ^ Villanueva, Raquel; McGill, Nick (July 25, 2016). "RTD unveils B-Line in Westminster". TEGNA, NBC. 9News KUSA-TV. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "FasTracks FAQs". FasTracks Regional Transportation District of Denver. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  24. ^ "RTD Rider Alerts: Line D". Regional Transportation District. January 2013. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
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