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Stories Along the Line


Bus Rapid<br /> Transit progress banner at the Westminster Station

This is home to some of the interesting stories that happened as transit has developed across the metro area.

We're taking a look at locations that will be part of the new projects, and having some fun with little known facts and history surrounding these places.

As RTD FasTracks develops its light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit service throughout the area, you will find a link to a new story here each month full of information and a peek back in time that might make you say, "I didn't know that..."

R Line bridge with sunburst
The R Line through Aurora is scheduled to open in late 2016. And to think that Aurora, the third-largest city in Colorado, started out simply as four square miles of prairie in 1891-and it wasn't even called Aurora then.



Gold Line Groundbreaking
While the new G line with its sleek silver commuter trains will carry a stream of people along eight station stops, it also will follow portions of I-76 and I-70, and a historic urban waterway known as Clear Creek.



Train at Lincoln Station

RTD is adding 2.3 miles to the Southeast Rail Line. See why this extension and its three new stations are a big deal for this growing community.



Skyway Bridge 100x100
An engineering marvel is under construction. The new Skyway Bridge, an integral part of the North Metro line, will span 9,533 feet, making it the longest bridge in RTD's FasTracks program-and the longest in Colorado.



Workers at the Denver International Airport and East Rail Line Triple Stack construction site

The East Rail Line from Union Station to Denver Airport rolls along some historical ground in the Mile High City. Read about the line's connection to some high-flying celebrities.



Amtrak Train at Denver Union Station
FasTracks is moving right along and the latest game changer for the entire RTD region is open for business. See how historic Union Station is transforming transportation and Denver for the future.



Riverside Cemetery
North Metro Rail commuter trains will pass by an old historic cemetery once the line is built. It faces some unusual challenges, and there are things that make it a unique and interesting place.




Future Eastlake Station
It won't be long and construction will begin on the North Metro Rail Line, now that ground has been broken on the project. The new commuter trains on the line will be traveling through some old, historic farm country.



2014 Stock Show Parade. Union Station is in the background. Photo by: Deborah Mendez-WilsonRTD FasTracks is breaking ground on the North Metro Rail Line in 2014 and the first stop on the route is the National Western Stock Show Station. This stop is at a place with a long history of cowboys, cattle and a chilly urban legend.


RTD commuter rail maintenance facility under construction
RTD's new home for our new commuter trains is well under construction. This story tells you cool things you may have never known can happen inside there.



The Stethoscope
This story is a salute to veterans ... and some of the grand military history that exists along the I-225 Rail Line.




Cross-section of celery. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
There is a good reason why a photo of crisp, green celery accompanies this story about the Gold Line and its rich name.




Colfax Ave. sign"The long, wicked street" is one of the many Stories Along the I-225 Rail Line where you're likely to come away thinking, 'I didn't know that..."



Clocktower, Big Ben
Photo: David Iliff

This story takes you to Westminster and gifts from England. The northwest metro Denver community has a famous and historic sister city there.



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