Photos: Union Station tour digs dirt on transit hub, light rail

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On Saturday, city planner, urban explorer and overseer of the DenverInfill blog Ken Schroeppel took a handful of Denverites on a tour of Union Station to discuss the just-opened Light Rail Plaza and the station's future.

Here's an inside look at the project.

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Photos by Chris Utterback
View of Union Station and transit hub construction.
When completed, Union Station will replace Market Street Station and become Colorado's largest transit hub, comprising a bus terminal, five commuter light rail lines (including one to DIA), Amtrak, the Ski Train, and retail and restaurant space.

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Ken Schroeppel speaking in Union Station.
On the tour, Schroeppel said that Union Station's development will not just improve on the shabby station, but redefine transportation in Colorado. "[This project] is the 21st century equivalent of what Denver International Airport was back in the '90s -- a massive, critical piece of infrastructure that will keep Denver competitive in the future," he said.

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View of bus terminal construction from inside Union Station.
It's estimated that by 2030, 200,000 people a day will pass through Union Station. To accommodate the increased activity at the station, according to Schroeppel, a companion shuttle system to the Mall Ride will come online in 2014-15 and service 18th and 19th streets.

Page down to continue taking our photo tour of Union Station.


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