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Denver's RTD Welcomes Light Rail L Line

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) recently introduced service on the L Line, a newly configured light rail line that operates on existing track formerly identified as part of the D Line.

RTD explained the route reconfiguration as a way to improve reliability for passengers. The northern end of the L Line formerly was part of the D Line and both lines now operate as a “loop” around downtown. The L Line operates with two-car trains rather than the three-car trains on other lines, provides additional flexibility in service for the area and allows for increased on-time performance.

“The implementation of the L Line will streamline commuting options throughout the Denver central business area and outlying communities,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “The line will also provide more efficient connections now and in the future with the connection to the University of Colorado A Line.”

A future L Line extension, which would require additional track, would connect the 30th & Downing Station with the 38th & Blake Station on the University of Colorado A Line.

RTD noted that the change in route branding is part of its 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metropolitan area.

This map shows the route of the newly configured L Line.

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