Denver Prepares for Grand Opening of A Line Commuter Rail
On April 22nd, say goodbye to lengthy bus rides, expensive Uber fares and the hassle of airport parking. As of Friday, Denver will be home to the new University of Colorado A Line Commuter Rail, the much anticipated addition to the city’s $1.2 billion dollar commuter rail line project. The A Line will start its journey at Union Station and make six stops before ending at the front doors of Denver International Airport. The ride will be under 40 minutes in total and cost only nine dollars each way. And Denver is very, very excited about this.
For the Urban Land Conservancy, the new line marks a significant milestone, one that has been on calendars throughout the office for years now. In 2011, ULC purchased a 1.4 acre parcel at the intersection of Blake and 38th street using the Denver Transit-Oriented Development Fund. The space will be mixed use with a focus on affordable housing in the near future. As of this Friday, it will also become the first stop on the A Line, fitting for its role as a transit oriented community.
And ULC’s involvement doesn’t stop there. The second stop on the commuter rail’s trip is at 40th and Colorado, where ULC purchased a 9.4 acre piece of land in 2013 also using the Transit-Oriented Development Fund. The first stage of development is wrapping up, and Park Hill Station Apartments will be hosting their grand opening on Thursday, April 21st. This apartment complex is comprised of 156 units of affordable housing, all of which have been filled.
RTD estimates that the A Line Commuter Rail will see roughly 27,000 passenger rides on a daily basis, making it a well traveled route. The grand opening of the A-Line will be on Friday, April 22nd at 11:00am. We will see you on the train!