Denver’s historic Union Station will unveil new additions and renovations to the property on July 12 of this year. The station first began its extensive restoration process in 2002.
The newly-renovated and restored train station will include an eight-track terminal capable of accommodating Amtrak and light rail trains, as well as a 22-bay underground bus complex. The city plans to add further commuter services, including direct rail service to Denver International Airport, which will debut in 2016, and free shuttles that will run between the station and downtown Denver.
Other new features will include retail outlets, eight dining establishments, and the 112-room Crawford Hotel. The hotel will have 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) of meeting and event space, and will offer guests room service from local restaurants.
Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881 and was the city’s main transportation hub for many years, being served by 80 trains a day operated by six different railroad companies. However, since the formation of Amtrak in 1971, all but one daily train service has operated through the station. Currently, Denver’s Union Station passenger services include Amtrak’s California Zephyr, and the C Line, E Line, and W Line of the city’s light rail system.