RTD breaks ground on I-225 Light Rail line

RTD breaks ground on I-225 Light Rail line in Aurora, Colo. March 1, 2013

RTD breaks ground on I-225 Light Rail line in Aurora, Colo. March 1, 2013

AURORA, Colo. — RTD broke ground Friday on another key piece of the FasTracks project: the I-225 Light Rail line.

The event took place at the site of the future Aurora City Center Station just east of I-225 and Alameda Ave.

When complete, it will run for 10.5 miles through Aurora and a section of Denver.

Officials say the light rail line will play a critical part in connecting commuters to that part of the metro area, especially for the tens of thousands who head to the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

“Today there are more than 25,000 on the campus daily with numbers projected to double in the ten years or so,” says CU president Bruce Benson.

The light rail line will also serve Children’s Hospital Colorado and the new Veterans Administration hospital that will be built on the campus at I-225 and E. Colfax Ave.

The I-225 rail line will ultimately connect the Southeast Light Rail line, which currently ends at I-225 and Parker Rd., to the East Rail line at I-70 and Peoria. The East line is currently under construction and will run from Union Station in downtown Denver to Denver International Airport.

Both the I-225 and East lines are scheduled to open in 2016.

FasTracks is the largest voter-approved mass transit construction project in the United States.