Photos: Union Station tour digs dirt on transit hub, light rail
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.
Big pics below.
Here's an inside look at the project.
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.
Photos by Chris Utterback View of Union Station and transit hub construction.
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.
Ken Schroeppel speaking in 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.
View of bus terminal construction from inside Union Station.
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