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A walk in the park: The Regional Transportation District will put a lot of pressure on itself when it unveils its newest light-rail line at a giant party behind Union Station on April 6. The Central Platte Valley spur, known as the C line, begins at the existing track on West Colfax and will glide by the Auraria campus, Invesco Field at Mile High, the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens, the Sixteenth Street Mall and Union Station, just blocks from Coors Field.

That's if the C line goes at all that day. On July 14, 2000, the last time RTD unveiled a new light-rail line, the 8.7-mile southwest route that runs along South Santa Fe Drive from Broadway to Mineral Avenue in Littleton, a major power glitch brought the entire light-rail system to a twenty-minute halt in the middle of rush hour. Luckily for RTD, it was hours after the festivities and speeches that celebrated the opening.

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