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East Corridor Groundbreaking!

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Great news from FasTracks – the East Corridor, traveling from Denver Union Station to DIA will host a ground breaking ceremony August 26!

The 22.8-mile corridor is currently in Final Design and will be built as the first phase (along with the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility) of the Eagle P3 project. The corridor will have stations at Union Station, 38th/Blake, Colorado (just north of 40th near the intersection with Smith Road), Central Park (behind Wal-Mart at Quebec Square), Peoria/Smith, and 40th/Airport. RTD has recommended that Electric Mulitple Units (EMU) commuter rail transit be used on the corridor.

Also, Santiago Calvatrava will be in Denver Thursday to unveil his proposed design for a bridge and station and accompanying hotel at DIA!

The next month looks to be huge for transit in Denver! More info to come later this week.

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11 Comments

  1. TakeFive says:

    Woo hoo. Santiago rocks, I hope.

  2. John says:

    i’m so excited about this! Is it possible to attend the event where Santiago will reveal his design?

    • Mike says:

      This is what the Denver Post has:

      Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, below, will be in town Wednesday to unveil his design for Denver International Airport’s south terminal redevelopment, 5:30 p.m. in Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum. The free event is hosted by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. Seating is first come, first served.

  3. matt.pizzuti says:

    How long will the commute from DIA to Union Station by train be?

  4. Mark says:

    Are the station names final? There is already a station named “Colorado” on the SW line. I think it is very confusing to use duplicate names within a single transit system.

  5. Mike says:

    Are there any specific designs of what the track will do when it gets to Sand Creek at Central Park?

  6. Caysea says:

    We greatly need the connection from Denver to Boulder. The northwest rail has to be next. Too much congestion on Hwy. 36!

  7. Dan says:

    Glad this connection is finally underway. It really should have been the first to be built. It would have paid for itself in a few years. Most rail connections to large airports in the world are always very busy because they are a very inexpensive alternative to airport parking and transportation. A one-way cab ride from my home would be $75, and I only live 20 miles away! I used to take the train to and from O’hare to downtown Chicago for only $2-3 each way versus a cab for $30-40. The train got me there quicker and without delays. Ground transportation and parking always adds several hundred dollars to a trip – commuter trains really impact this and open up air travel to lower incomes.