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Denver RTD turns 15


Yesterday, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver marked the 15th anniversary of its light-rail service in and around the city.

On Oct. 7, 1994, the agency opened the 5.3-mile Central line, the Denver region’s first light-rail line. Since then, RTD’s 35-mile system has registered about 150 million passenger trips. The network currently averages about 60,000 passenger trips every weekday, remaining ahead of ridership projections.

All four of RTD’s light-rail lines were built on time and within budget the past 15 years. The agency continues to expand, primarily through the FasTracks program. Approved by voters in 2004, FasTracks calls for expanding rail and bus service throughout the area by constructing 122 miles of commuter- and light-rail lines, creating 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, adding 21,000 new parking spaces and redeveloping Denver Union Station.

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