Denver RTD to open R line in February

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Denver RTD's projected rail system map, including the R Line, which will open in late February.
Denver Regional Transportation District
DENVER – Government officials and area residents will celebrate the opening of the Regional Transportation District’s R Line light rail expansion on Feb. 24.

The $687 million project extends light rail service about 10.5-miles from Nine Mile Station north along Interstate 225 to the Peoria station of the University of Colorado A Line. Located on the east side of Denver, the R Line will provide service through the city of Aurora and will include a total of eight station stops. It will also provide a two-seat ride for residents of the south suburbs traveling to the airport without needing to travel through downtown Denver.

According to an article in the Denver Business Journal, the R Line is part of the agency’s FasTracks 2004 transit plan, a voter-approved initiative that adds more 120 miles of passenger rail service in Denver. The line was supposed to open in late 2016, but was delayed due to issues with rail equipment.

R Line local fares will be $2.60 per person.

For more on the agency and its ongoing rail projects, check out Trains' Colorado Railroads special issue.

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