It seems like a long time ago since trains were in use at Downtown Denver’s Union Station, located at 17th & Wynkoop in LoDo. In fact, Union Station competed well with Colorado’s old Stapleton Airport up until 1958 when the RTD bus system took over. Union Station in Denver was built and opened June 1, 1881 to connect the four different railroad stations at the time.
It cost $525,000 and saw more building costs later on due to an electrical fire burning down a large portion of Union Station March 18, 1894. There were also a number of additions and subtractions made to the popular train station.
The most popular time to be seen and riding at Union Station was Colorado’s 1920s and 1930s where there were as many as 80 trains per day. It served as a mode of transportation for many soldiers who fought in World War I and World War 2.
Today, Denver’s Light Rail reflects the popularity of the trains of Union Station and there are more plans for public transportation to and from Denver. Currently, FasTracks is under a 12-year construction from the Denver-Aurora area to Boulder in order to split up traffic congestion on US-36 to I-25 as the population of Colorado will continue to grow. FasTracks calls for six Light Rails, a diesel commuter rail and an electric commuter rail to open between 2013 and 2016.
Although trains seem like the hype of yesteryears it certainly has big plans to come back to Denver.