- Length (miles): 0.8
- Vehicle Type: Light Rail
- Stations: 3
At a Glance
- The L Line Extension, or Central Rail Extension, is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metro region.
- The extension will provide rail service between the existing L Line at 30th • Downing and the University of Colorado A Line at 38th • Blake. This will serve as a way for commuters in central downtown to connect with the line to the airport.
- Two new stations are proposed: 33rd • Downing and 35th • Downing.
- Service will be provided by single light rail vehicles that complete round-trips, in-traffic transit operations between 30th • Downing and 38th • Blake.
- As part of the planning process, an Environmental Evaluation (EE) was conducted, including an analysis of alternative alignments and station locations, identification of potential impacts, and a recommendation for ways to minimize any impacts throughout the corridor.
- 2010: RTD Board of Directors adopted the EE for the Central Rail Extension.
- 2013: The CRE underwent further analysis, including a study to identify the most feasible transit route and operating plan to provide a direct connection between 38th • Blake and downtown Denver.
- 2014: The CRE mobility study was complete and provided several options for consideration.
- 2015: Basic engineering was completed. Once final funding is identified, final design and construction will begin