L Line (RTD)

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L Line
L Line (RTD).JPG
A northbound L-Line train at the 18th & California station.
Type Light rail
System Regional Transportation District
Status Operational
Locale Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area
Termini 30th & Downing
16th & California and 16th & Stout
Stations 6
Opened January 14, 2018
Owner Regional Transportation District
Operator(s) Regional Transportation District
Number of tracks 1–2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

38th & Blake
35th & Downing
33rd & Downing
30th & Downing
29th & Welton
27th & Welton
25th & Welton
single track
double track
20th & Welton
18th & Stout | 18th & California
16th & Stout | 16th & California
 D ,  F  &  H  Lines

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]


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 extension[edit]

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]


Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality park-n-Ride?
L Line
30th & Downing 1994 None Denver Yes
29th & Welton 1994
(closed 2013)
None 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


  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. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Final Service Changes - January 2018". RTD. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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