INSET: CENTRAL DENVER
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Operator: Regional Transportation District (RTD)
LIGHT RAIL ROUTES
|D||Green Line||18th St. & California / Stout - California St. [Back: Stout St.] - Colfax at Auraria - Alameda - I-25 & Broadway - Englewood - Littleton Mineral|
|E||Purple Line||Union Station - Auraria W Campus - Alameda - I-25 & Broadway - U of Denver - Southmoor - Belleview - Lincoln - Ridge Gate Parkway|
|H||Blue Line||18th St. & California / Stout - California St. [Back: Stout St.] - Colfax at Auraria - Alameda - I-25 & Broadway - U of Denver - Southmoor - Nine Mile - Florida|
|L||Yellow Line||30th & Downing - Welton St. - California St. [Back: Stout St.] - Downtown|
|R||Aurora Line/I-225 Rail||Ridge Gate Parkway - Lincoln - Belleview - Nine Mile - Florida - Peoria|
|W||West Rail Line||Union Station - Auraria W Campus - Sheridan - Federal Center - JeffCo Govmt. Center-Golden|
COMMUTER RAIL ROUTES
|A||East Rail Line||Union Station - Central Park - Peoria - Denver Airport|
|B||NW Rail Line||Union Station - Westminster|
|G||Gold Line||Union Station - Arvada - Wheat Ridge-Ward|
|N||North Metro Rail Line||Union Station - Central Park - Peoria - Denver Airport|
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- LRT lines: 96 km.
- Commuter rail lines: 85 km.
- Horse-drawn streetcars: 17 Dec. 1871 - 1890.
- Electric streetcars (1st generation): 1888 - 3 June 1950.
- Light rail (2nd generation):7 Oct. 1994 - today.
- Commuter rail: 22 Apr. 2016 - today.
- Cable cars: 1888 - 1900.
- Horse-drawn streetcars: 1067 mm.
- Streetcars (1st generation): 1067 mm.
- Interurban: 1067 mm. (routes 81,82,83); 1435 mm. (route 84).
- Light rail (2nd generation) and Commuter rail: 1435 mm.
- Lietwiler, C. "Denver: The politics of expansion", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, Aug. 1996 (59: 704), p.300-301.
- Lietwiler, C. "Denver: Winds of change are blowing cold", Light Rail & Modern Tramway, June 1995 (58: 699), p.170-175.
- Pharris, K. Riding Denver's Rails: A Mile-High Streetcar History. Charleston (SC): The History Press, 2013.
- Robertson, D. & Forrest, K. Denver's Street Railways, Vol. 3: The Interurbans. Golden (CO): Colorado Railroad Museum, 2010.
- Simons, V. "Denver - FasTracks slowed by regulatory approvals", Tramways & Urban Transit, Oct. 2017 (80: 958), p.370-373.
- Simons, V. "FasTracks: Denver's Big Bang", Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2013 (76: 907), p.294-298.
- Simons, V. "Ups and downs in Denver", Tramways & Urban Transit, Feb. 2020 (83: 986), p.294-298.
- Wansbeek, C.J. "Denver: Light rail expansion in all directions", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2007 (70: 831), p.92-95.
Special thanks to Russell Powers from Denver CO for information on the history of the Denver system.
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