North Metro Rail Line

North Metro Rail Line

The North Metro Rail Line is an 18.5-mile-long commuter rail line that will run from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Thornton, and Northglenn to 162nd Avenue in North Adams County. Due to delays, the North Metro Rail Line is now expected to open the first 13 miles to 124th Avenue in 2020, which will include seven stations and six new Park-n-Rides.

Project Next-Steps (as of November 2019)

  • January 2019: Catenary system goes “hot”
  • March 2019: First train test (not under power) successful
  • April 2019: First train test (under power) successful
  • Mid 2019: Substantial completion of the system integration
  • November 2019: Wireless Field Qualification Testing (WFQT) resumes, an essential step for approval from the Federal Rail Administration (FRA)
  • 2020 TBD: Revenue service starts!

Image courtesy of RTD


What are the major ongoing construction projects?

  • Fiber installation
  • Signal house installation
  • Marion Street lowering
  • Overhead Catenary construction in NWSS area
  • Grading at 48th Street & Brighton Blvd, National Western Center Station
  • Sidewalks / Asphalt at Commerce City 72nd Avenue Station
  • Canopy painting at original Thornton 88th Avenue Station
  • 104th Avenue Station parking garage
  • Drainage work at Northglenn 112th Avenue Station
  • Punch-list at Eastlake-124th Avenue Station


Where are the proposed stops?

Trains will run every 20 minutes during morning/evening rush hours (4 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.). During all other times, the line will operate Monday through Friday, with trains every 30 minutes. Total time from Union Station to the end of the line at Eastlake-124th Avenue Station is expected to be 29 minutes.



Learn More about the North Metro Rail Line

(Information courtesy of RTD FasTracks)