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RTD’s Union Station Transit Center in LoDo opens in May. The public is invited to a grand opening celebration and street party for the multi-modal transit hub on May 9 from 11am until 6pm on 17th between Chestnut and Wewatta streets.
The tracks at the far left of the photo are the East Rail to DIA that has a stop at Stapleton’s Central Park station.
The Union Station Transit Center was a $500-million project to renovate the historic Union Station building, rail lines into Union Station and the 14 blocks surrounding the location. The commuter rail to DIA (as well as to Arvada/Wheat Ridge and Westminster) will open in 2016. By 2030, the transit center is projected to serve 200,000 passengers a day.
At 2am on Sunday, May 11, the Market Street Station will permanently close and bus service, with 22 bus bays and 1,113 buses a day on weekdays, will begin at Union Station. May 12 marks the beginning of MetroRide, a new free service along 18th and 19th Streets during rush hours. The free MallRide on 16th Street will continue.
More than 100,000 square feet of new retail, including restaurants, boutiques and a new King Soopers, 750,000 square feet of office space, 2,000 new apartments, and 400 new hotel rooms are being constructed within or around the station by various partners, including the Crawford Hotel in Union station that will open in July. Fifteen acres of plazas, parks and public spaces are also being built.
For more information call 303.299.6000 or visit rtd-denver.com.
Information provided by RTD.