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New train station part of CU A LineIf you've traveled to the airport the past few months, chances are you've noticed what looks like a ghost station east of Peña Boulevard just north of the 56th Avenue interchange.
That is actually a brand new station that has been added to the East Rail Line.
It's funded entirely by third parties including the City and County of Denver and private developer L.C. Fulenwider Inc. It's called the 61st & Peña Station.
It will serve a new Panasonic facility that is now under development there, as well as commuters and airport travelers from the northeast metro area.
It is planned to open when the University of Colorado A Line opens for service on April 22, 2016. Travel time between Union Station in downtown Denver and Denver International Airport will be 37 minutes.
Rendering of Peña Boulevard Station
The 61st & Peña Station will include an 800-space park-n-Ride for transit customers, accessible from Tower Road. It will be the sixth stop on the way from downtown to the airport.
The new station was built under a 2010 Intergovernmental Agreement between RTD and Denver. The agreement gave the airport the option to add up to two additional stations along the Peña Boulevard portion of the CU A Line.
The agreement requires third parties to assume the full cost of building each station. In 2012, the city selected the Fulenwider site for the first optional station. The Denver City Council finalized the financial arrangements in May.
The Fulenwider site is being developed as the U.S. headquarters for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, a technology and business solutions company that will anchor a 400-acre mixed-use business and residential development marketed as an environmentally sustainable community.