Denver

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Overview - Denver

Located on the South Platte River, Denver is the capital of and the largest city by population in Colorado. It has approximately 716,500 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The Denver metropolitan area (Denver-Aurora-Lakewood) comprised 2,932,415 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


Denver's rapid transit network consists of a series of light rail services. It also has two urban mainline rail services and two commuter rail services.

RTD Light Rail

Opened 1994, the RTD's Light Rail network consists of seven light rail services that serve the city of Denver, Colorado and the southern suburbs. All light rail lines are owned and operated by the RTD, and multiple extensions are under construction.

C Line

The C Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a north-south alignment, running from Union Station in the north to Littleton-Mineral in the south and serving 12 stations. The northern portion of the route on the Central Platte Valley Spur is shared with the E and W lines, while the remainder of the route is shared with the D line.


The C Line was opened in April 2002 to coincide with the opening of the Central Platte Valley Spur and the last extension to the line was in May 2003 when light rail service was extended to Littleton-Mineral.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
C30'15'*1*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

*1 - No Weekend Daytime Service (Service mornings and evenings only)

D Line

The D Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a north-south alignment, running from the downtown loop in the north to Littleton-Mineral in the south and serving 12 stations. The northern portion of the route in the downtown loop is shared with the F, H, and L lines, while the remainder of the route is shared with the C line.


The D Line was opened in October 1994 as the first light rail line in Denver and the last extension to the line was in May 2003 when light rail service was extended to Littleton-Mineral. The northern portion of the line was truncated to the loop in January 2018 with the creation of the L Line.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
D30'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

E Line

The E Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a north-south alignment, running from Union Station in the north to RidgeGate Parkway in the south and serving 21 stations. The northern portion of the route on the Central Platte Valley Spur is shared with the C and W lines, while the remainder of the route is shared with the F line.


The E Line was opened in November 2006 and the last extension to the line was in May 2019 when light rail service was extended to RidgeGate Parkway.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
E30'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

F Line

The F Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a north-south alignment, running from the downtown loop in the north to RidgeGate Parkway in the south and serving 21 stations. The northern portion of the route in the downtown loop is shared with the D, H, and L lines, while the remainder of the route is shared with the E line.


The F Line was opened in November 2006 and the last extension to the line was in May 2019 when light rail service was extended to RidgeGate Parkway.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
F30'15'No ServiceNo Service

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

H Line

The H Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a north-southeast alignment, running from the downtown loop in the north to Florida in the southeast and serving 16 stations. The northern portion of the route in the downtown loop is shared with the D, F, and L lines, while the central portion of the route is shared with the E and F lines and the southeastern portion of the route is shared with the R line.


The H Line was opened in November 2006 and the last extension to the line was to Florida in February 2017 with the opening of the R Line.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
H15'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

L Line

The L Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a south-northeast alignment, running from the downtown loop in the south to 30th and Downing in the northeast and serving 6 stations. The southern portion of the route in the downtown loop is shared with the D, F, and H lines.


The L Line was opened in January 2018 when it was split from the D Line.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
L15'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

R Line

The R Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on a north-south alignment, running from Peoria in the north to RidgeGate Parkway in the south and serving 16 stations. The central portion of the route is shared with the H line, while the southern part of the route is shared with the E and F lines.


The R Line was opened in February 2017, though it replaced an older service that ran a portion of the route from 2006 to 2009.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
R15'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

W Line

The W Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a light rail service on an east-west alignment, running from Jefferson County Gov't Center in the west to Union Station in the east and serving 15 stations. It runs along the Central Platte Valley Corridor for most of its route. The eastern portion of the route on the Central Platte Valley Spur is shared with the C and E lines.


The W Line was opened in April 2013.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
W15'15'15'15'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

*1 - Evenings and Weekends, every other train terminates at Federal Center and does not continue to Jefferson County Gov't Center - Golden

RTD Commuter Rail

Opened 2016, the RTD's Commuter Rail network consists of two urban mainline rail services and two commuter rail services that serve the city of Denver, Colorado and the northern suburbs.

A Line

The A Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a urban mainline rail services on an east-west alignment, running from Union Station in the west to Denver Airport in the east and serving 8 stations.


The A Line was opened in April 2016. The A Line is owned by the RTD and operated by Denver Transit Partners.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
A15'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

B Line

The B Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a commuter rail services on a north-south alignment, running from Union Station in the south to Westminster in the north and serving 4 stations.


The B Line was opened in July 2016.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
B60'30'60'60'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

G Line

The G Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a urban mainline rail services on an east-west alignment, running from Union Station in the east to Wheat Ridge-Ward in the west and serving 8 stations.


The G Line was opened in April 2019.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
G15'15'15'15'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

N Line

The N Line of the RTD Light Rail network is a commuter rail service on a north-south alignment, running from Union Station in the south to Eastlake-124th in the north and serving 7 stations.


The N Line was opened in September 2020.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
N30' 30' 30' 30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Sept 21, 2020

References & Helpful Links

Denver RTD at Wikipedia

Official Website for Denver RTD Rail: RTD Rail


Maps

Official System Map - RTD Rail [Last Accessed Sept 21, 2020]


Unofficial Map - Metro Denver Rapid Transit by Steve Boland (calurbanist.com)


Other Sources

Denver, USA at Urbanrail.net

Asset Notes

Route colors were taken from the RTD Website's CSS document as of September 21, 2019


Last Updated: Sept 21, 2020

Old Maps
Note: Not all maps reflect changes in service. Older maps may contain inaccuracies.
2019 09 v12020 01 v12020 09 v1 (N Line)