There's an Opening Date for the G Line!
It’s been two years in the making and I’m happy to announce that the opening for the G Line is April 26.
On behalf of the RTD Board, the hard working employees of RTD and our concessionaire Denver Transit Partners, I am incredibly excited about this announcement.
We will celebrate the opening in the same fashion as other openings: Opening day on Friday, free rides throughout our entire rail system and station parties on Saturday, and service beginning on Sunday of that weekend.
I know this has been a challenging road for all parties involved: RTD, our regulators, partners, stakeholders and the eager citizens waiting for this line to open.
First of all I would like to say a heartfelt thank you. Thank you for your patience, thank you for your understanding and thank you to our partners: the BNSF and UP railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Transit Administration, Jefferson County, Adams County, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, the city and county of Denver, and most of all the citizens of these jurisdictions.
I know this has been a rough road for all parties involved: RTD, our regulators, partners, stakeholders and especially the public who have been waiting for far too long to hop on board.
This process has had its challenges.
Being the first transit agency to build in positive train control – or PTC – from the ground up has meant working through new cutting edge technology that will enhance the safety of our system.
We have had to overcome many hurdles while also working through the process to establish quiet zones before we could open the G Line.
RTD has been a trailblazer for the transit industry, and when you are the first on anything, you have to take the hits as you pave the way for success for all those who follow. And as you know, we’ve taken some hits, but for good reason and all in the spirit of progress and innovation.
Just late last week, we received all the final regulatory approvals.
The 11.2 mile G Line connects Denver Union Station, Denver, Adams County, Arvada and Wheat Ridge in just 25 minutes for a local fare of $3.00 providing another key alternative to driving and being stuck in traffic.
G Line will operate from 4 am to 12:30 am, with 15 minute frequency between 6 am and 6:30 pm, and 30 minute frequency at all other times. It includes 6 stations, 2230 parking spaces, and an estimated ridership of 9000 per day.
We’re putting another piece of the FasTracks puzzle in place and more to come.
In addition to the G Line, we are:
- Opening the extension of the E, F and R Light Rail Lines on May 17
- Working toward the opening of the N Line in 2020
- And exploring options for better connections in the Northwest area.
And with an eye on the future, RTD will continue to be the regional mobility integrator, innovator and instigator, challenging all of us to think differently as we explore and deliver easy, convenient, accessible ways to get people where they want and need to go throughout the Denver metro area.
As we commemorate 50 years of people moving people, we look forward to celebrating the G Line with you all on April 26.
Thank you again for your patience and support.