RTD officially kills its long-suspended C and F lines to south suburbs

The Regional Transportation District is ending any hope for a return of regular service on the C and F light-rail lines next month after suspending them during the pandemic in early 2020.

The elimination of the lines, which were consolidated with other lines on RTD’s southwest and southeast rail corridors, was recommended by the System Optimization Plan adopted by the transit agency’s board last summer. The plan prioritizes service restorations and route changes as RTD ridership and funding recover from the pandemic.

RTD’s next round of regular service changes, approved by the board in October, will take effect Jan. 8. They are the first to incorporate elements of the long-term plan.

The C-Line ran from Union Station to Littleton, while the F-Line ran from the downtown Central Business District loop to Lone Tree. Without those lines, some riders traveling between Denver and southeast or southwest corridor stations have had to make transfers to the E-Line or the D-Line south of downtown.

RTD has said it will run limited C or F line service for some special events. It ran special C-Line trains after a concert at Empower Field earlier this year, but it has not done so for recent Denver Broncos games.

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