Union Station Tour November 2, 2013

Please join me this Saturday, November 2, 2013 for an informative walk around the Denver Union Station project area and a discussion about this major transformative project. Construction activity is everywhere and the project will be finished next summer, so come on down and check out all that’s going on before it’s finished!

Here’s how it works: Go to the LoDo side of the historic station at about 9:50 AM—meet at the corner of 17th and Wynkoop. Whoever shows up, that will be our tour group. We’ll start promptly at 10:00 AM and conclude around 11:15 AM at the light rail/mall shuttle station  by the Millennium Bridge.

The tour is free and open to the public; however, at the end of the tour, I will collect donations for the non-profit Student Chapter of the American Planning Association at the University of Colorado Denver. You are more than welcome, however, to take the tour whether you make a donation or not. See you Saturday!

Please note: I typically take December, January, and part of February off from doing our Union Station tours, so this is likely to be one of the last of our tours for 2013. Additionally, by the time March 2014 rolls around, the project will be almost finished (it’s planned to open in May 2014), so I’m not sure if I’ll even do any Union Station tours next spring given how close it will be to the grand opening. Therefore, this coming Saturday may be one of your last opportunities to take our Union Station tour before the project opens.

By | 2016-12-08T10:28:12+00:00 October 30, 2013|Categories: Events & Meetings, Public Spaces, Streets, Union Station, Urbanism|4 Comments


  1. James October 31, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I am considering moving to the Riverfront / Union Station area. Some residences I’ve looked at are a stones throw from the train tracks.

    Could someone comment on the noise created by the train, particularly at night? How often do trains pass through?

  2. Chris October 31, 2013 at 9:48 am


    Some of that will depend on what side of the building you are on (stating the obvious, I know!). We are in the Glasshouse towards the tracks about halfway up the building and we don’t notice the trains when the patio door is closed. We never notice the light rail. When the door is open or if you were on the 8th floor common area, the CML (mainly coal trains) is quite loud as they are normally just taking off and the engines are ramping up. It’s one of those things you get used to though. the train activity is pretty constant day and night.

  3. Jim Nash November 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ken, I’ve been along with you on two of your walking tours, and really appreciate how informative they are — along with this terrific, comprehensive website! Highly recommend the tour to all! Sure hope you’ll do a few more in the Spring, Ken, as Union Station forms up…

  4. Nathanael November 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    So, I’m looking at the webcam (http://www.earthcam.com/client/kiewit/ ).

    It looks like the Amtrak & former Ski Train platform tracks are being connected up. On the whole it looks like the outdoor work is going to be ready for Amtrak very soon now.

    There’s a mysterious little building or shelter at the far end of the Amtrak platform, near the track switches — anyone know what that is going to be?

    Is there any update on the status of the Union Station building work by Union Station Alliance? Obviously Amtrak can’t move until that’s ready for Amtrak. I also haven’t seen any final layout plans for the Amtrak spaces (the company’s existing published plans seem not to have been final).

    I know that the approach trackwork for NW Rail / Gold Line / CRMF can’t be completed until Amtrak moves (because the temporary Amtrak platform has to be demolished), so the work to get Amtrak’s space inside the Union Station building ready would seem to be schedule-critical for the whole Union Station project.

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