A Transformative Plan, Transportation, For the Neighborhood
How We're Getting There
Union Station isn’t the only thing undergoing a massive transformation though. Denver’s public transportation system is getting an overhaul too. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect down the road.
At completion, Denver’s system, called FasTracks, will travel from the Foothills to Denver International Airport and from Castle Rock to Longmont, through Boulder and the Tech Center, through Lakewood and Broomfield. Union Station is the star at the center of the map.
For more information, visit the FasTracks website.
As part of Denver’s transportation makeover, RTD’s FasTracks program will extend rail service over the next 10 years to suburbs in the north and south, east to Denver International Airport and west to Golden. This multi-billion dollar transit expansion includes 21,000 new parking spaces, 122 miles of rail and 18 miles of bus rapid transit—all of which will connect at Union Station, making it easier than ever to park, ride and move around Denver. Plus, it’s a proactive plan with a vision toward the future. These additions will accommodate the projected population growth over the next 20 years, creating an operational, efficient and easy transportation option for our generations and those to come.
Travel by Train
It’s the easiest, fastest way to get from Denver’s outlying areas and back. The new RTD rail system will consist of over 120 miles of track and over 70 park-n-ride lots where you can drop your car and jump onboard. It’s fast—up to 55 mph—and stress free, letting you bypass your morning traffic and bad weather to get you where you need to go safely and efficiently.
All of the rail lines, including Commuter, Light Rail and Amtrak, will soon stop at Union Station, providing one central location for riders to make transfers, shop, dine and connect.
Downtown is already the center of our regional bus system. Close to 140 buses run into and through downtown Denver including RTD buses, RTD Shuttles, Greyhound and other commercial carriers.
Once the Union Station redevelopment is complete, these buses will have a pristine, new hub—underneath 17th Street between the historic Union Station and the Light Rail Plaza. This beautiful underground bus terminal will accommodate 22 bus bays for easy, congestion-free transfers. There’s also an underground, enclosed passenger concourse so you can get where you’re going easily and comfortably.
Additionally, we’re creating downtown’s first commuter bike station, located near the corner of Wewatta and 16th Street. The building itself is designed with bikes in mind, right down to the bike frame-inspired architecture. The bike station will offer lockers and bike racks for day use as well as memberships for daily commuters. Amenities include heated locker rooms with toilets and showers and a bike shop selling necessities like tubes, pumps and lights.
But we aren’t just building bike-friendly facilities at Union Station. We’re building bike-friendly facilities to get you to Union Station, including new bike lanes on 16th Street and Chestnut Street.