Historic Union Station: Denver’s Multimodal Transportation Hub

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Posted Wed, Mar 19, 2014

The historical Union Station building in Denver Colorado (Photo provided by RTD of Denver)

The historical Union Station building in Denver, Colo. (Photo provided by RTD of Denver)

Denver– Move over New York subway, RTD is coming. The long-time transit service is getting a makeover this year.

RTD will shut down their famous Market Street Station, and move into Denver’s historic Union Station in May 2014. The transit company bought Union Station in 2001 with plans to bring the building back to its glory days. RTD spent $500 million in total for improvements — with $17 million going to Union Station alliance for the improvements.

“It was always in the minds of our board, leadership and partners to have the building and land surrounding are a multi-modal transit hub,” says 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.”

The new future look of  Union Station in Denver (Photo provided by RTD of Denver)

The new future look of Union Station in Denver (Photo provided by RTD of Denver)

The ridership is a big thing that RTD wants to focus on. “In the year of 2030, RTD is projecting that Union Station will serve 100,000 people,” Miller says underlining the big jump in customers from the Market Street Station.

So what can Denver expect from this move?

Union Station will offer bus service, light rail, the Free MallRide, the new Free MetroRide, Amtrak, B-cycle and future commuter rail.

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.”

What about the college students?

“College students who currently take the bus to Market Street Station will soon be able to connect to the light rail from Union Station to get to campus in a much easier fashion,” Miller says.” She adds students can also can take the mall ride to Larimer Square and walk to campus still.

“Our expectations are high and we know our passengers will see the great benefit in transit connections at Union Station,” she says.

Jobs Coming

As you can imagine the building of Union Station will be huge. As the economy is set to get a big boost, will the job market get one as well?
“RTD jobs at Union Station, including bus operators, will just transfer from Market Street Station to Union Station, Miller said. “Since the size of the property and concourse is so much bigger, additional security and informational personnel will be assigned to help with running our operations.”

Big Unveil

What: RTD bus concourse public grand opening

When: Friday May 9, 2014 at noon

Where: Denver’s Union Station

Why: Tour the new building before they open it fully

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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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3 Responses to “Historic Union Station: Denver’s Multimodal Transportation Hub”

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    This story is really good and can relate to anyone in the Denver area especially the students at MSU. You wrote this story in a way that made it very interesting to read and it’s pretty cool that RTD is re-opening a new station at Union Station.

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