RTD instituted quiet zones when the N Line opened for service on September 21. It is important to note that quiet zones aren’t always quiet. Train operators maintain the discretion to use train horns under circumstances requiring additional safety precautions. If there are questions or concerns about train horn usage, residents may contact RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000.
Connecting Downtown to Thornton and Beyond
The N Line adds even more commuter rail service to connect the metro Denver region. The first 13 miles of the proposed 18.5-mile line provides service from Union Station through Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton, and eventually North Adams County. The remaining 5.5 miles will provide service to SH 7/162nd Avenue Station.
At Union Station, passengers can connect to the C, E and W light rail lines, the University of Colorado A Line to the airport, the B Line to Westminster, the G Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge, Local and Regional buses, the Free MallRide, and Free MetroRide.
How much does it cost?
From September 28, 2020 through March 27, 2021, as part of a promotional fare pilot program, RTD will offer a local fare for travel on the entire N Line. If the trip includes transferring to additional zones on bus or rail a higher fare may apply. Please reference the below trip examples and use the fare tool to see how your fare will be calculated during the pilot program.
N Line Fare Transfers
|Origin||Destination||Fare Zones After Transfer||Fare|
|Thornton Crossroads•104th||Central Park||2 (A & B)||Local|
|Original Thornton•88th||61st•Peña||3 (A, B & C)||Regional|
|48th & Brighton•Nat’l Western Center||Denver Airport||4 (A, B, C & Airport)||Airport|
The N Line is proposed to have nine stations total, including Union Station, when the entire line is complete. The first phase of 13 miles includes seven stations, and runs from downtown’s Union Station to Eastlake•124th. It offers five new Park-n-Rides that add a total of 2,480 parking spots. The remaining 5.5 miles of track, which includes stations at York•144th and North Thornton•Hwy 7 is currently unfunded. Construction will begin in the future as funding becomes available.
Parking Your Car:
Parking fees at RTD Park-n-Rides depends on if your car is registered within the RTD service area. Check out how to park.
If your vehicle is registered within the RTD service area, parking at RTD Park-n-Rides is free for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, a $2.00 daily fee applies. You must pay before getting on the train.
If your vehicle is registered out of district, a $4.00 daily fee applies. You must pay before getting on the train.
Vehicles may not be parked continuously for longer than 30 consecutive days. Vehicles parked greater than 30 consecutive days without being moved may be subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense.
How To Pay For Parking:
Look for the blue canopy and kiosk. You can pay in cash (exact change) or credit card.
Pay By Phone
Call 1-877-727-5951 (paying by phone will incur a nominal fee)
You must pay onsite, prior to leaving your vehicle. Non-payment of applicable parking fees will result in a fine. Take your paid parking ticket with you – be safe and don’t leave it on your dash.