RTD light rail extension in Lone Tree Grand Opening May 17

New line extends E, F and R light rail service 2.3 miles south to RidgeGate Station in Lone Tree beginning May 19

DENVER (Jan. 25, 2019) The Regional Transportation District today announced that the 2.3-mile extension of the E, F and R light rail lines will open for service May 19.

The new light rail line, known as the Southeast Rail Extension during construction, extends service south from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Station in Lone Tree with three new stations and an additional 1,300 parking spaces. “The Southeast Rail Extension allows RTD a unique opportunity to be an integral part of an overall plan to address access and mobility needs prior to development in this region,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “The unprecedented collaboration and partnerships that made it possible to complete this line illustrate this region’s strong commitment to transportation.” The City of Lone Tree and area stakeholders contributed $25 million to support the new rail line, with an additional $3 million of in-kind contributions, land and right-of-way. 

The local match of approximately 12 percent of the project cost far exceeded the 2.5 percent match RTD asked of its local partners, and helped RTD successfully secure federal funding for the project.

RTD received $92 million from the Federal Transit Administration Small Starts funding program, as well as $9.4 million from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funds. The total cost of the project is $233.1 million.

The new extension connects commuters in the southeast metro area to important destinations throughout the line, bringing new transportation and transit-oriented development options to the entire area.

When the extension is open for revenue service on May 19, riders will be able to park at RidgeGate Station and travel to Union Station on the E Line and from RidgeGate to 18th and California in downtown Denver on the F Line.

From RidgeGate Station, riders can also take the R Line through Aurora to Peoria Station and connect to the University of Colorado A Line commuter train to Denver International Airport.

“RTD has successfully operated light rail for more than 20 years, and we take pride in being a model for mobility, access and smart growth throughout the metro area,” Genova said. 

The Southeast Rail Extension of the E, F and R lines is part of RTD’s FasTracks 2004 voter-approved transit expansion plan to build new rail lines, add bus rapid transit service, new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District.