Union Station’s new light-rail terminal opens this month. But that’s just the beginning of the nearly $500 million project. Here, a guide to the venerable depot’s past—and future.
- 1881 Union Station, which cost $525,000 to build, opens.
- 1894 A fire in the ladies’ restroom destroys part of the station.
- 1933 A major flood swamps the building.
- 2001 RTD purchases Union Station.
- 2002 Light-rail comes to Union Station; engineers and developers begin work on plans to upgrade the station.
- 2004 Voters approve FasTracks, which will add 122 miles of rail in the metro area and guarantees the Union Station project.
- 2006 The Union Station Neighborhood Company is selected as the project’s master developer.
- February 2010 Construction begins on two light-rail lines, eight commuter lines, a bus terminal, public plazas, and more.
- February 2011 Amtrak’s boarding area is closed and all operations are moved to a temporary platform at 21st and Wewatta streets.
- May 2011 The passenger tunnel between the tracks and building is demolished.
- July 2011 A new, $57 million light-rail station and an extension of the 16th Street Free MallRide are set to open.
- Late 2013 The under-ground bus terminal, with 22 bus gates (the majority for RTD regional buses) will be completed.
- Spring 2014 Union Station opens as a massive transit hub (light-rail, buses, trains, and more).