DENVER — Service on the long-awaited RTD G Line between Denver Union Station and Arvada and Wheat Ridge will begin on April 26, it was announced Monday.
Service on the 11-mile route has been delayed 2 1/2 years.
It had been on hold because of timing issues with the crossing gates, the same problem that has plagued the A Line between Union Station and Denver International Airport.
RTD gained approval last week from federal railroad regulators to remove flagers at the crossing gates and to wrap up testing.
All rides on the G Line will be free on April 26 and rides on all rail lines will be free on April 27. Regular service on the G Line begins April 28.
The G Line will have eight stops between Union Station and Ward Road in Wheat Ridge. It will operate from 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
“I’m super excited, and it’s about time because it’s the ghost train,” a resident said. “It’s been a long time coming.“
Across the street from the Old Towne Arvada Station are businesses that are a little train shy.
“That’s literally it. I mean I’ve heard it before, we’ve gotten dates before, that it’s going to open, so, yeah, I don’t believe it, you know.” said Kyle Dreas, manager at Super Zoom Bang Bang,
Alyssa Montoya manages the 12 Volt Tavern that sits next to the train tracks. With guarded optimism, she says an opened G Line should help the tavern’s bottom line.
“I think during the day it will help business a lot,” she said. “People coming from work can always stop in and get beers at happy hour. We have a happy hour 3-6, so I think it will be a nice little pit stop before they have to go home to the families.”
The next rail line to begin service will be the N Line to Thornton. That is expected to start in 2020.