C Line (RTD)
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C Line RTD
C Line
Denver Light Rail Near Union Station.jpg
Old alignment near Union Station
OwnerRegional Transportation District
LocaleDenver-Aurora Metropolitan Area
TerminiUnion Station
TypeLight Rail
SystemRegional Transportation District
Operator(s)Regional Transportation District
OpenedApril 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
Track gauge
ElectrificationOverhead lines, 750 V DC
Route diagram

The C Line is a light rail line which was part of the rail system operated by the Regional Transportation District in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area in Colorado. The line was added to the system on April 5, 2002, to coincide with the opening of the Central Platte Valley Spur. Initially, C trains operated seven days a week, but ran to Mineral Ave. only during peak hours and sporting events. At all other times, C service operated to I-25/Broadway. On May 3, 2003, C trains began operating to Mineral Ave. at all times. With the opening of the Southeast Corridor on November 17, 2006, weekend C service was discontinued except for certain sporting events, with the new E line operating seven days per week. On January 11, 2009, the midday service pattern between Union Station and I-25/Broadway was resumed and evening service discontinued. Midday weekday service was discontinued on January 19, 2012 and was reinstated on August 17, 2014 over the entire route. The C Line was fully suspended on January 10, 2021 as part of broader service cuts in response to ridership decreases related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]


The C Line's northern terminus was at Union Station in Denver, ran on a railroad right-of-way south to its junction with the D Line at 10th & Osage Station, and shared track with the D Line until both lines reach their southern terminus at Mineral Avenue in Littleton.[2]

In addition, the C Line provided access to the sports venues of Denver - Coors Field, Pepsi Center, and Broncos Stadium at Mile High - Six Flags Elitch Gardens, and LoDo, as well as access to the western portion of the Auraria Campus.

Name Opening Year Interchange Municipality park-n-Ride?
C Line (Union Station - Littleton/Mineral)
Union Station 2002  E  &  W  Lines
FREE MallRide (16th St)
Denver No
Pepsi Center-Elitch Gardens 2002  E  &  W  Lines Denver No
Empower Field at Mile High 2002  E  &  W  Lines Denver No
Auraria West 2002  E  &  W  Lines Denver No
10th & Osage 1994  D ,  E ,  F , &  H  Lines Denver No
Alameda 1994  D ,  E ,  F , &  H  Lines Denver No
I-25 & Broadway 1994  D ,  E ,  F , &  H  Lines Denver Yes
Fare Zone Boundary
Evans 2000  D  Line Denver Yes
Englewood 2000  D  Line Englewood Yes
Oxford-City of Sheridan 2000  D  Line Sheridan No
Fare Zone Boundary
Littleton-Downtown 2000  D  Line Littleton Yes
Littleton-Mineral 2000  D  Line Littleton Yes


The 2004 voter approved FasTracks plan will add 2.5 mi (4.02 km) to the Southwest Corridor (C Line and D Line). It will also add a station with 1,000 parking spots at C-470 and Lucent Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. There may also be a station at C-470 and Santa Fe Boulevard.[3]


  1. ^ Richards, Makayla. "RTD service changes take effect Sunday". 9News. 10 January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "RTD - Light Rail System Map". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Fastracks - Southwest Corridor". Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 2010.

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