Light rail maintenance will interrupt RTD’s H, L Lines starting Saturday

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will conduct six days of routine maintenance on its light rail system starting this weekend, affecting service on the H and L Lines.

Beginning at 3:30 a.m. Saturday through the end of the service day on Thursday, June 25, the L Line will not operate, and the H Line will not run north of Theatre District/Convention Center Station.

All rail stations on the downtown loop will be affected by the work, to take place at the 16th & Stout and 16th & California stations. Service on both lines will resume around 3 a.m. Friday, June 26.

L Line riders can take bus Route 43 as an alternative, with southbound and westbound stops on California Street and northbound and eastbound stops on Stout Street.  Bus shuttle service will be in place for H Line riders at the following downtown stations: 16th & Stout, 18th & Stout, 18th & California, 16th & California and Theatre District/Convention Center. 

RTD riders in Denver this weekend also will notice that the Free MallRide will begin running again on Sunday morning, restoring an important service that connects passengers between both sides of downtown. That service had been suspended in April due to low ridership resulting from the pandemic. MallRide service extends from just before 5:30 a.m. until just after 11 p.m. daily, with vehicle frequency at three and a half minutes between 8:20 a.m. and 7 p.m., and up to 15 minutes at all other times.

MallRide shuttles will be detoured while the rail maintenance proceeds, using 15th and 17th streets at Champa, Stout, Welton and California streets.

MallRide passengers are asked to use good judgment and take responsibility for social distancing when using the service, which stops at every block along the Mall with multidoor boarding. MallRide operators will not be able to control the number of riders hopping on and off those vehicles.