Taking the train between downtown Denver and the airport this weekend? Watch out — the A-Line won’t be pulling into or out of Union Station on Saturday and Sunday, and neither will three other commuter rail lines.
The Regional Transportation District says the two-day shutdown of service will allow for required signal-testing work as well as weekend work on a city bridge rehabilitation project on Park Avenue above the tracks.
A modified form of service will be available, with shuttle buses replacing the A, B, G and N lines between Union Station and their next stops outside downtown. Rail service will run normally between those 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 the shutdown of several major rail lines unusual. The E and W light-rail lines won’t be affected by the closures, and neither will bus routes 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 service suspension also will allow the city bridge project to take advantage of the timing.
“Every two years, the signal system must be tested to satisfy a federal requirement, which is what will occur in Union Station,” Haberman wrote in an email. “This testing is best accomplished during a period with no commuter rail train traffic in and out of (Union Station). This can be done during the outage over the coming weekend, as nightly maintenance windows don’t offer sufficient time to perform such work.”
The shuttles for the A, B, G and N lines will pick up and drop off passengers at Gates 21 and 22 in Union Station’s bus concourse.
Shuttles will use stops located at these stations, allowing transfers to and from the trains:
- A Line: On Blake Street next to the 38th and Blake Station
- B and G lines: At Gate A of the 41st and Fox Station
- N Line: On the west side of Brighton Boulevard, across from the post office, near the National Western Center Station
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