North Metro Rail Line

Facts & figures

North Metro rail line facts

  • Length: 18.5 miles, 13 miles under construction
  • Vehicle Type: Electric commuter rail
  • Stations: 8 total, 6 under construction
  • Parking: 3,850 total spaces, 2,593 under construction
  • Frequency of Service: 20 min (peak) / 30 min (off-peak)

North Metro rail line at a glance

  • The North Metro Rail Line is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metro region.
  • The 18.5-mile electric commuter rail line will connect Union Station with Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton and North Adams County.
  • When completed, the line will feature eight stations: National Western Stock Show, 72nd, 88th, 104th, 112th, 124th • Eastlake, 144th and 162nd • State Hwy 7.
  • Design and construction of the corridor from Union Station to 124th Avenue is underway; the remainder will be built as funds become available.

Project overview

  • 2001: RTD completed an investment study to evaluate north I-25 transit from Denver to Brighton.
  • 2005: RTD conducted a scoping study to build on previous analyses of the corridor.
  • 2006: RTD began an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to analyze transit options for the corridor. The EIS built on previous transit alternative studies, possible adverse implementation impacts and subsequent mitigation.
  • 2009: RTD purchased most of the North Metro Rail right-of-way from Union Pacific Railroad for $119 million.
  • 2011: RTD issued a final EIS, identifying community benefits and possible impacts of a new transit service in the area; the team received a Federal Transit Administration Record of Decision.
  • 2012: RTD committed funding to build the project’s first phase from Union Station to the National Western Stock Show Station.
  • 2013: RTD received an unsolicited proposal to build the line, opened a competitive bidding process, and later awarded a design-build contract to Regional Rail Partners (RRP) to complete the line to 124th•Eastlake, with options to extend it as funds become available.
  • 2014: North Metro Rail Line broke ground in March; design of the project reached 60 percent completion in September; and North Metro received rail delivery and completed tie-in work at Union Station in November.
  • 2015: Utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition underway; 90 percent design completion; construction began in summer 2015.

North Metro rail line map

FasTracks North Metro Rail Line Map

Updated March 2018