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Denver Union Station


Denver Union Station at night. February 2014
Denver Union Station, late February 2014



Grand opening set May 9, bus service begins May 11

Big things are happening in Denver. RTD's new Union Station Transit Center is opening May 9, as the centerpiece of a bustling downtown, offering more transportation services, connections, and access than ever before. Bus service at Union Station will actually begin on Sunday, May 11. See details below.

Mark your calendars and save the date for the grand opening of our historic, iconic transit hub. Union Station Transit Center features a spacious new 22-bay
underground bus concourse, light rail, free downtown bus service, Amtrak, and (soon) commuter rail-all in one convenient location. Nearby retail, residences, and
parks complete the transformation.

Ribbon cutting and opening ceremony will be held at noon May 9 at 17th & Wewatta, in front of the new Wewatta Pavilion.

The grand opening celebration will happen right after that, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. along 17th between the light rail station and the historic building.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the celebration, see the information you need to know here. The application deadline is April 18.


Bus service at Union Station starts Sunday, May 11

The bus station at Market Street will close and bus service at the new Union Station bus concourse begins the morning of Sunday, May 11. While the grand opening celebration takes place Friday, May 9, public bus service will not begin until Sunday morning.


Workers up on the train canopy at Denver Union Station. July 2013Cooperative Manages the Project

RTD, the city of Denver and five other organizations are part of a cooperative called the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA), which is in charge of managing the redevelopment project.



Background

In May 2002, the Denver Union Station project began when RTD, City and County of Denver, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments, partnered to develop a Master Plan and conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Union Station. For more click here.

Work began on Dec. 3, 2012. Construction on the whole site will continue with project construction now more than 85 percent complete. See what's new on the project here.


Transit-Oriented Development

DUS provides an opportunity to create a dense, mixed-use transit-oriented development adjacent to the transit facility and may include up to 2 million square feet of development on the DUS site. It will be the "Grand Central Station" of the metropolitan region as the center of the regional transit system in the heart of the city. A master plan for the site has been completed and adopted by the four partner agencies (RTD, CDOT, DRCOG and the City and County of Denver).

Denver Union Station as seen in July 2013


Urban Transit Center

Denver's Larimer Associates is handling the retail leasing of the remodeled urban transit center, which will feature more than 22,000 square feet of ground floor space divided into approximately 10 independent retail and restaurant outlets.

It will feature a 12,000 square foot public common area, the "Great Hall," and 40,000 square feet of outdoor plaza space. In addition, the redeveloped Union Station will house Amtrak and RTD as well as a new 110-room independent hotel on the upper levels to be managed by Denver's Sage Hospitality.


Denver Union Station: A 'Green' project

DUS is pursuing a LEED certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for new construction. See details here.
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