Beginning March 16 for nine straight days, the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s Lincoln and County Line light rail stations will be closed to train service to tie together existing RTD service and the new, 2.3-mile extension of the E, F and R lines south of Lincoln Station. The closing of that two-mile stretch of rail also will accommodate bridge work by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The full closure of the two light rail stations is scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. Friday, March 16, through 3 a.m. Monday, March 26. To lessen potential effects on ridership, RTD chose closure dates that coincide with spring break for Auraria Campus and Douglas County School District. Service is to resume at both stations before the Colorado Rockies’ home opener in April.
Dry Creek Station will serve as the end of the line during the process, known as a cutover. During the closure, limited bus shuttle service will be available between Lincoln and Dry Creek stations. Riders are encouraged to use stations north of County Line Station or seek alternate means of transportation. Service north of Dry Creek Station will not be affected.
RTD is working to provide extra parking spaces north of Dry Creek Station to accommodate increased demand during the closure. Additional parking is available at the Park-n-Ride for the Arapahoe at Village Center Station, 8800 E. Caley Ave., Greenwood Village.
In addition, RTD has partnered with ride-share service Lyft to offer reduced-price rides during the closure of Lincoln and County Line stations. From 6 a.m. Friday, March 16, to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, Lyft is offering 20 percent off each ride, up to five rides to or from Dry Creek Station. The maximum discount offered per ride is $5. Download and claim your discount at lyft.com/invite/drycreek20, using code DRYCREEK20.
During the closure, crews will remove existing track and rail, overhead catenary system poles and wires, conduit and other utilities. They will then reconstruct the infrastructure from the ground up, creating a completely reconfigured working track.
The closure also enables bridge work associated with the C-470 Express Lanes project to proceed. With overhead catenary wires de-energized and light rail operations suspended south of Dry Creek Station, the Colorado Department of Transportation will conduct construction activities at the C-470/I-25 ramp, which travels over the high-voltage system for RTD’s light rail line. RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova noted, “We wanted to capitalize on the opportunity presented by having one shutdown to complete our tie-in work at the same time as the C-470 closure, in order to minimize impacts to stakeholders in the corridor.”
The Southeast Rail Extension project is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand rapid transit across the Denver metro region. The project will extend the Southeast Rail Line from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Station. Systems and testing work is planned to take place on the Southeast Rail Extension through 2018, and the line is scheduled to open for service in 2019.
Dates for the closure are weather-dependent and subject to change. To receive project updates and notifications, or for more information on bus shuttle schedules during the closure, visit rtd-denver.com.
The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. The agency’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide 100 million annual passenger trips. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com, call 303-299-6000 and follow along on social media: www.facebook.com/RideRTD, @RideRTD on Twitter, @ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube.
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