Denver — Downing Streetcar
Rail Transit Online, June 2006
Building a double-track streetcar link along Downing Street from a
proposed commuter rail station at 40th Street to the existing light rail
terminal at 30th Street would be easier and less disruptive than extending
the LRT system, according to newly-released planning documents. The 40th
Street station would be part of the $700-million east line from Union
Station downtown to Denver International Airport. The light rail extension,
currently part of the Regional Transportation Districts’ $4.7-billion
FasTracks transit expansion program, would require demolition of homes along
Downing. A streetcar line would be located in the street whereas LRT would
be built on a separate right-of-way and require property acquisition.
Trolleys could take over the existing single-track LRT route along Welton
Street from 30th Street through Five Points to Broadway in the downtown
area. A double-track extension could be built south to Civic Center Station
at 16th Avenue along Broadway and Lincoln Street.