This May is an exciting time in the world of Transit Oriented Development.
Denver Union Station, 95 percent complete, will be unveiled on May 9 through which the Regional Transportation District will celebrate the completion of the $480 million project that will form the hub of a transit network spanning the Denver metro area. Ahead of schedule, commuters will start rolling into the station on Monday, May 12.
The station also has tracks and platforms for the commuter rail trains, currently under construction, that will bring passengers from Denver International Airport, Arvada and Westminster in 2016. The North Metro line from Thornton is scheduled to start operations in 2018.
One element of the station’s new transit options is the Free MetroRide bus which will start operations on Monday, May 12. The MetroRide bus, mirroring the free 16th Street Mall shuttle service, will operate during peak commuter hours Monday through Friday, 6-9 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. The bus will travel between Union Station and Civic Center station on 18th and 19th streets, stopping every two or three blocks, according to RTD. RTD expects 12,000 people a day to use the MetroRide.