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Old alignment near Union Station
|System||Regional Transportation District|
|Locale||Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area|
|Opened||April 5, 2002|
|Owner||Regional Transportation District|
|Operator(s)||Regional Transportation District|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Electrification||Overhead lines, 750 V DC|
The C Line is a light rail line which is 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's northern terminus is at Union Station in Denver, runs on a railroad right-of-way south to its junction with the D Line at 10th & Osage Station, and shares track with the D Line until both lines reach their southern terminus at Mineral Avenue in Littleton.
In addition, the C Line provides 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.
|C Line (Union Station – Littleton/Mineral)|
FREE MallRide (16th St)
|Pepsi Center–Elitch Gardens||2002||& Lines||Denver||No|
|Empower Field at Mile High||2002||& Lines||Denver||No|
|Auraria West||2002||& Lines||Denver||No|
|10th & Osage||1994||, , , & Lines||Denver||No|
|Alameda||1994||, , , & Lines||Denver||No|
|I-25 & Broadway||1994||, , , & Lines||Denver||Yes|
|Fare Zone Boundary|
|Oxford–City of Sheridan||2000||Line||Sheridan||No|
|Fare Zone Boundary|
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.