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Light rail, commuter trains come together at Peoria Station

Integrated testing is underway throughout most of the R Line in Aurora. That means light rail trains are now running to Peoria Station, the R Line's end-of-line station.

R Line and A Line trains at Peoria Station. September 2016
An R Line light rail train (left) and University of Colorado A Line commuter train sit next to each other at Peoria Station


The Peoria Station is a one-of-a-kind place in the RTD system. It is the only place where light rail and commuter rail vehicles run side-by-side and where light rail and commuter rail platforms are side-by-side for passenger transfers.

You will be able to ride the R Line to Peoria Station and then catch the University of Colorado A Line to the airport or to Union Station in downtown Denver. You'll also be able to make the trip from the airport, for example, all the way to Lincoln Station in the southeast corridor by transferring to the R Line at Peoria Station when it opens later this year.

Light rail and commuter rail trains do service Union Station, but the platforms for the two different types of trains are not adjacent to each other at that location.
R Line testing

Here is what crews are doing for R Line testing:
  • Measuring track clearances
  • Testing train signal systems
  • Testing electrical and communication systems
Testing will take place during the day as well as off-peak and overnight hours.

Uniformed traffic officers will manage intersections as trains travel through them.

Trains are running under their own power on the R Line. Remember to stay safe, watch for trains and keep away from electrical wires.

Interesting stuff...

  • The Peoria Station has 550 parking spaces
  • Storm water runoff from the station and parking lot goes two places: Half to the city of Denver and half to the city of Aurora
  • The light rail tracks at Peoria Station can store 18 trains
The R LIne is scheduled to open late this year.



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