COVID curtails most N-Line opening day celebrations

Scott Taylor
staylor@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/11/20

The first official train on RTD’s N-line commuter rail service officially is scheduled to leave Denver’s Union Station at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, making stops at new stations along the way for ribbon …

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COVID curtails most N-Line opening day celebrations

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The first official train on RTD’s N-line commuter rail service officially is scheduled to leave Denver’s Union Station at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, making stops at new stations along the way for ribbon cuttings.

The 13-mile-long route leaves Union Station and travels northeast to the National Western Center at 48th and Brighton. There, it turns north and snakes it way through Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton. It includes six new stations, with a total of 2,480 new parking spaces.

After stops at the National Western Complex and then 72nd Avenue in Commerce City, the train will bring RTD officials to Thornton’s 8989 Welby Road station for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony.

Northglenn officials said they expect the train to make its first official stop at the 11355 York St. Avenue station sometime after 10:30 a.m. before continuing on to Thornton’s Eastlake Station at 12500 Claude Court between 11 a.m. and noon, where RTD is hosting an end-of-the-line ceremony before it returns to Denver’s Union Station.

COVID-19 and statewide social distancing requirements dampened some of the local efforts to celebrate the service’s arrival. Northglenn had originally planned to host a $5,000 station party to celebrate. That’s been slimmed down to a short ribbon cutting reception.

RTD is offering free fares for the N-Line after the grand opening. Fares will be $3 afterwards.

Plans call for the trains to run every 20 minutes during morning and evening rushes, taking 29 minutes from Eastlake south to Union Station. Train service will run every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.

The train will run from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 4 a.m to 2:30 a.m. on Fridays, according to the current schedule. Service will run from 5 a.m to 2:30 a.m. Saturdays and from 5 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

Each two-car commuter rail train on the N Line will include seating for 91 passengers in each car, two ADA-compliant seating areas, luggage racks, overhead carry-on storage areas and space for skis and bikes. Passengers board at the same level as station platforms.

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