FasTracks is a multi-billion dollar transit expansion plan to build 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, and 18 miles of bus rapid transit throughout the Denver metro area. See the FasTracks system map
The recommended alternative for the Central Rail Extension (CRE) includes in-traffic rail transit operations. Service will be provided by a fleet of single light rail vehicles that complete round trip service between downtown Denver and the 38th & Blake Station.
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The study, scheduled for completion by late 2014, will identify the most feasible transit route and operating plan to allow the Central Rail Line to provide a direct connection between the 38th & Blake Station and downtown Denver with no transfers.
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Connecting downtown Denver to the East Rail Line and DIA
The 5.3-mile Central Rail Line opened in 1994, and is Denver's first light rail line between I-25 & Broadway and the 30th & Downing Station.
The Central Rail Extension will connect existing downtown light rail service with the planned 38th & Blake Station on the East Rail Line alignment. Service would be provided by single light rail trains between downtown Denver and the 38th & Blake Station. Two new stations are proposed at 33rd/Downing and 35th/Downing.
As part of the planning process, an Environmental Evaluation (EE) was conducted, which included an analysis of alternative alignments and station locations, identification of impacts and a recommendation for ways to minimize any impacts along the corridor. The RTD Board of Directors adopted the EE for the Central Rail Extension on Feb. 16, 2010.
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