Rail service to the airport: April 22, 2016You will be able to start riding trains to Denver International Airport on April 22, 2016.
RTD received official notice from the project concessionaire, Denver Transit Partners, that the University of Colorado A Line commuter rail service from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport will be ready for service on that day.
Commuter train at Denver International Airport during testing
RTD's University of Colorado A Line takes its name as a result of the first sponsorship through our naming rights program.
The line is 23 miles of new electric commuter rail, which is part of the Eagle P3 project, the nation's first full public-private partnership for transit. Local RTD taxes combined with a $1.03 billion federal grant and $450 million from Denver Transit Partners, the 34-year concessionaire that will build, operate and maintain the trains, make up the $2.2 billion project.
Collaboration works"This project has been made possible through regional collaboration. None of this could have happened without the cooperation and teamwork from our partners who have worked tirelessly to deliver a quality project that will take public transit in the Denver metro area to the next level," said RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk. "We are also very proud of our naming rights partnership with the University of Colorado."
"The opening of the University of Colorado A Line is a historic milestone toward the completion of RTD's FasTracks program and continues our success rate of opening major infrastructure projects," said Dave Genova, Interim General Manager and CEO of RTD. "We continue to transform the region and the University of Colorado A Line will connect the Denver metro area to the world."
Corridor of Opportunity"In just a few short months, our entire region will begin to experience the true unbridled potential of connecting FasTracks and Denver International Airport with the opening of the A Line," Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. "The corridor of opportunity between downtown and the airport will connect us to the world, and the world to us, and I couldn't be more proud or excited to realize the great opportunities that come with it."
The University of Colorado A Line is a commuter rail line, which will use new rail cars that will be the first of their kind in Denver.
- Faster than light rail-top speed of 79 mph vs 55 mph
- Carry more people-200 maximum
- Level boarding to better accommodate travelers with luggage and accessibility needs.