DENVER -- The beleaguered Regional Transportation District (RTD) announced this week that it will begin operations on its newest commuter rail corridor: The N Line.
The 18.5-mile line opens Monday and will serve Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton. A total of six new stations were built along the route.
A trip between Union Station and Eastlake-124th Station, the current end-of-line stop, will take about 29 minutes to travel 13 miles.
RTD will offer free rides for the N Line starting at noon Monday through Sept. 27. After that, a one-way ticket will cost $3, at least through March 27, 2021.
Construction on the line began in 2014 and is part of RTD’s 2004 voter-approved FasTracks program to expand transit across the Denver metro region.
The line’s opening comes amid financial uncertainty and looming layoffs for the transportation district.