RTD Puts Denver Back On the Map

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Posted Tue, May 13, 2014

“The grand opening ceremony and celebration for the RTD Union Station Bus Concourse on Friday May 9, was an extraordinary event for RTD and our partners on the project." -- RTD spokeswomen Tara Miller. (Photo By Dylan Palm-Trujillo)

“The grand opening ceremony and celebration for the RTD Union Station Bus Concourse on Friday May 9, was an extraordinary event for RTD and our partners on the project.” — RTD spokeswomen Tara Miller. (Photo By Dylan Palm-Trujillo)

Denver– On, May 9, 2014, RTD opened Union Station to the public for the first time. Thousands of people attended and the public was able to see the bus concourse before Sunday May 11, opening. The community was able to enjoy a street fair with food trucks and other fun activities.

“The festivities were very nice and great place for the family,” said Denverite Mark Lambert. “It was quite organized and with no trouble.”

Additionally, RTD presented the New Metro Ride for everyone to tour. “The grand opening ceremony and celebration for the RTD Union Station Bus Concourse on Friday May 9, was an extraordinary event for RTD and our partners on the project,” said RTD spokeswomen Tara Miller. “The citizens of mile high city were greeted with family orientated activates, that included vendors, games and food.”

Moreover, Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and many other Colorado dignitaries spoke before the ribbon cutting and expressed how meaningful this redevelopment is for Denver and the entire state.

“Thirty years ago this was the place for public transpiration, today it has reclaim that spot,” said Federal Railroad Administrator, Joseph Szabo.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall agrees, “This modal is a great thing for our country for years to come. Denver got it right.”

RTD shut down their famous Market Street Station on May 9,  and moved into 74,000 square foot Union Station. Further, Market Street Station is owned by the City and County of Denver and will be a public parking lot until it is redeveloped at a later date.

HOME IMPROVEMENT: RTD is projecting that Union Station will serve 100,000 people. (Photo by RTD)

HOME IMPROVEMENT: RTD is projecting that Union Station will serve 100,000 people. (Photo by RTD)

“It was always in the minds of our board, leadership and partners to have the building and land surrounding a multi-modal transit hub,” said RTD spokeswomen Tara Miller. “Market street station is 30 years old and has been a great facility for RTD but our ridership is growing and we needed to accommodate that.”

Union Station first opened on June 1, 1881 and has grown ever since. RTD bought this historic building in 2001, with plans on bringing the building back to its glory days. The company has spent $500 million in total for improvements, with $17 million going to Union Station alliance for the improvements.

The money has been put to good use,” said U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette. “This is an exciting time for the city and the state.”

Szabo agrees. “This move has created one billion in private sector developments. It has rebirth the construction sector by creating 36,000 jobs.”

The event was so huge that Community College of Denver student James Garnett to view it. “The event was bigger than I thought of,” Garnett said. “This is going to bring a lot of jobs, tourism, and help the economy here in Denver.”

Is Denver ready for that?

Hickenlooper thinks so. “This is going to be the center of for public transportation.”

Hancock concurs. “This region is moving head of the class.”

RTD hopes that’s the case. Miller explains, “The new underground bus concourse at Union Station will allow RTD passengers better connections to other transit services and amenities making it a more efficient facility.”

Union Station

What: Multi-Modal Transit Hub

Where: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, Colo.

 

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Dylan Palm-Trujillo

About Dylan Palm-Trujillo

Dylan Palm-Trujillo is a Freelance Writer/Photographer for the Metropolitan and Metro Post -Telegraph. He has had work published by Westword Denver and Johnstown Breeze while being a student at Metro. Moreover, he has done a PR internship as well as a reporting Internship. Further, he is a Metro State Student currently studying Convergent Journalism and expects to graduate in the fall of 2015.

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