I-225 rail line facts
- Length (miles): 10.5
- Vehicle Type: Light rail
- Stations: 8
- Parking: 1,800 new spaces
- Frequency of Service: 10 min (peak) / 15 min (off-peak)
I-225 rail line at a glance
- The I-225 Rail Line is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metro region.
- The 10.5-mile light rail line through Aurora will provide regional connections to the East and Southeast rail lines.
- The line will feature eight stations: Peoria, Fitzsimons, Colfax, 13th Avenue, 2nd-Abilene, Aurora Metro Center, Florida and Iliff.
- From the existing Nine Mile Station to Peoria Street, the line will give passengers access to the Aurora City Center, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Fitzsimons Life Science District and Denver International Airport via a transfer to the East Rail Line.
- 2009: RTD completed the environmental planning process and its Board of Directors adopted the Environmental Evaluation.
- 2009-2012: RTD committed $90 million to build the first segment from Nine Mile Station to Iliff Station.
- 2012: RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) kicked off a project to widen the highway between Mississippi Avenue and Parker Road and construct elements of the I-225 Rail Line between the Nine Mile and Iliff stations.
- 2013: Construction on the full line began.
- 2014: CDOT completed the widening of I-225 from Parker Road to Mississippi Avenue, creating three lanes in each direction with an additional auxiliary lane.
- 2017: The full line opened to the public as the R Line on February 24, 2017.