Denver Union Station Completes 12-Year Restoration Process
Denver’s historic Union Station reopened on Saturday after being closed in December 2012 for extensive renovations. The station first began its refurbishment process in 2002.
The train station now features a new terminal for light rail and Amtrak trains, as well as a 22-bay underground bus station. In addition, Denver Mayor Michal B. Hancock said that the station plans to launch commuter rail service to Denver International Airport in 2016. When the new service begins, passengers will be able to travel between downtown Denver and the airport in just half an hour.
The station also includes multiple new restaurants and retail outlets. New food and beverage venues include an ice cream store, a bar serving local Colorado brews, and a cocktail lounge, while new retail establishments include a used bookstore, a home decoration and jewelry store, and various gift shops.
Another new feature is the independent, 112-room Crawford Hotel, which has three styles of guestrooms modeled after different types of Pullman train cars. Additionally, the hotel has over 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) of meeting and event space.
Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881 and was the city’s main transportation hub for many years, being served by 80 trains a day operated by six different railroad companies. However, since the formation of Amtrak in 1971, all but one daily train service has operated through the station. Currently, Denver’s Union Station passenger services include Amtrak’s California Zephyr, and the C Line, E Line, and W Line of the city’s light rail system.
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