RTD Southeast Rail Extension – a positive impact for commuters and future development
The RidgeGate end-of-line station east of I-25 is operational and open for service.
By Patte Smith; photo courtesy of Sidney Clough
The new 2.3-mile RTD Southeast Rail Extension is up and running and for many residents in the southeast corridor, this is very good news. The rail extension consists of three stations – Sky Ridge, Town Center and the end-of-line RidgeGate station with a 1,300-space parking garage.
Commuters are already taking advantage of the Southeast Rail Line and parking garage as they head north, many for work, others for more casual outings.
“We plan to ride the light rail for all kinds of events,” noted a Surrey Ridge resident. “We will take it to Rockies games, the Pepsi Center or downtown to Union Station to dinner. And, we rode the southeast light rail to the Magness Arena at the University of Denver to watch our daughter, a Rock Canyon High School senior, graduate on May 24.”
Future development around Lone Tree and further south off of the I-25 corridor played a key role in getting the Southeast Rail Line approved and constructed. Lone Tree has expanded over the years on the west side of I-25 and will continue to grow on the east side as the future planned Town Center is developed. At this time, there is no public information regarding the light rail line going further south.