Taking the train from downtown Denver to the airport this weekend? Please note that the A line will not enter or leave Union Station on Saturday and Sunday, nor will three other commuter train lines.
The Regional Transportation District says the two-day service shutdown will allow for required signal test work as well as weekend work on a project to rehabilitate a city bridge on Park Avenue over the ways.
A modified form of service will be available, with shuttles replacing the A, B, G and N lines between Union Station and their next stops outside of downtown. Rail service will operate normally between these stops and others on each line, including Denver International Airport. Rail service to Union Station will resume Monday morning.
Union Station is RTD’s largest transit hub, making it unusual for several major rail lines to close. The E and W light rail lines will not be affected by the closures, nor will the bus lines that use the underground bus concourse.
RTD spokeswoman Pauline Haberman said the agency decided the shutdown was the best way to meet federal testing requirements. The suspension of service will also allow the city’s bridge project to take advantage of the timing.
“Every two years, the signal system must be tested to meet a federal requirement, which will happen at Union Station,” Haberman wrote in an email. “These tests are best done during a period of no commuter train traffic entering and exiting (Union Station). This can be done during the upcoming weekend outage, as nightly maintenance windows do not provide enough time to do such work.
Shuttles on lines A, B, G and N will pick up and drop off passengers at gates 21 and 22 of the Union Station bus concourse.
The shuttles will use the stops located in these stations, allowing transfers to and from the trains:
- A line: On Blake Street next to 38th and Blake Station
- Lines B and G: At Gate A of 41st and Fox Station
- Line N: On the west side of Brighton Boulevard, opposite the Post Office, near National Western Center Station