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Denver RTD marks 10 years of service on the Southwest line


This month, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver marks 10 years of service on the Southwest Light Rail Line. The line entered service July 14, 2000.

“The Southwest rail line connected downtown with a suburban area to help meet the current and future needs of the region. The importance of providing rapid transit options, including the full FasTracks system, cannot be overstated and the Southwest Line is yet another example of how successful passenger rail can be,” said RTD Chairman Lee Kemp in a prepared statement.

The 8.7-mile, $177 million line was built using a $120 million grant to connect Englewood, Sheridan and Littleton with downtown Denver. The line averages weekday ridership of 28,500.

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