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Denver Union Station Set for Grand Reopening

The wait is almost over. Denver Union Station will celebrate its gala reopening on July 26.

“What used to be an abandoned railyard is now an urban environment bursting with new businesses, new buildings, and new transportation options,” said RTD General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Phillip Washington.
“It is the Grand Central ­Station of the metropolitan region and is the center of the regional transit system in the heart of the city.”

The Denver Union Station transit hub project began in 2001 when the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the city and county of ­Denver, Colorado DOT, and the Denver Regional Council of Governments jointly purchased the historic station from a private developer, with RTD retaining title. The following year, the project team began developing a master plan and conducting an Environmental Impact Statement for the station site.

The project has turned Union Station into the centerpiece of a bustling new focal point of downtown, offering expanded transportation services—light rail, a new 22-gate bus concourse that opened in May, Amtrak, and commuter rail in 2016—and more connections and access than ever before.

RTD has worked with the ­Denver Union Station Project Authority throughout the process, along with partners responsible for finding retail and dining tenants for the station and creating a luxury hotel on the upper floors.


The Amtrak platforms at the newly reopened and redesigned Union Station in Denver.

Photo courtesy of RTD

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