This past week, business travel became less of a headache for Denver residents and its visitors. Denver’s Regional Transportation District opened their much awaited rail line, The University of Colorado A Line. The rail runs between downtown’s Union Station and Denver International Airport (DIA), with six stations in between. Denver is now joining only 20 other U.S. cities to offer train transportation from the airport to the city center.
This is the first commuter rail for the Denver metro area. Differing from the city’s existing light rail trains, these trains are heavier and faster. Part of the FasTracks initiative, this is the first of the promised 122 miles of new rail to hit the metro area. With connections to three other light rail lines, two additional lines will be adjoining later this year. The train runs regularly from 3:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. the following day, making it almost 24-hour assessable. Passengers are dropped off at the airport near the south entrance security lines, avoiding additional shuttles and long tarmac runs like other airport shuttle systems.
A major criticism of DIA has always been its location. Located 25 miles outside of the city center, travel to and from the airport is an additional burden for the traveler. With RTD’s new and affordable commuter train, hope is in the air for convenient commuter travel. The cost of a ticket is $9, valid for 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket and standard regardless of purchase location. Considering the added costs of airport parking, car services or car rental fees, this is a deal for frequent business travelers.
With one of Christohperson’s five offices located in Denver, our team is excited for the opportunity to use public transportation to the airport for our future trips. Christopherson Business Travel is a top corporate travel management company. We provide our clients reliable customer service and helpful travel technology. To learn more about our travel management solutions, contact us or call our Denver office at 303-694-3322.