Southeast Rail Extension
The Southeast Rail Line includes 19.1 miles of the popular RTD light rail system. It extends from I-25/Broadway to Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County, with an additional connection along I-225 from I-25 to Parker Road.
In July 2014, the RTD Board authorized a $207 million extension of the existing Southeast Light Rail Line farther south into Lone Tree. RTD has applied for $92 million in federal funds and has been accepted into the first phase of the Federal Transit Administration Small Starts funding program. Small Starts provides funding of between $75-100 million for projects.
Additionally, local business associations and businesses in the southeast metro Denver area are contributing $25 million in cash and $15 million in right-of-way, permits and other in-kind contributions to get the light rail extension project completed.
This local match amounts to 16.5 percent of the project cost and far exceeds the 2.5 percent match RTD has asked of its local partners. Of the project's total $207 million cost, RTD's investment would be $66 million or about 32 percent.
When the extension is open for revenue service in 2019, residents will be able to travel from the RidgeGate station on the new R Line through Aurora to Peoria Station and connect to the commuter train to Denver International Airport. They will be able to travel from RidgeGate to Union Station on the E Line and from RidgeGate to 18th and California in downtown Denver on the F Line.
The Southeast Rail Line Extension will make the Southeast line even more
successful than it is today. The current plan is to extend light rail
transit service to the new RidgeGate Parkway Interchange by providing
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