RTD rail service to Denver International Airport set to begin in April 2016

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Rail service to the Denver International Airport will begin in April 2016. (Photo: Denver International Airport)

DENVER — RTD rail service to the Denver International Airport has a starting date now, according to the airport and RTD officials.

Service will begin April 22, 2016, officials say.

The University of Colorado A Line is a commuter rail line, which will use new rail cars that will be the first of their kind in Denver that are faster than light rail, with a top speed of 79 mph versus 55 mph, are larger, and carry more people than light rail vehicles—200 people maximum. The vehicles will offer level boarding to better accommodate travelers with luggage and accessibility needs.

The rail line will stop at eight stations, including Denver Union Station and the new Denver Airport Station, located at the south terminal at DIA serving airport travelers and guests of the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel.

“The start of RTD’s commuter rail service to DIA is a game changer for the airport,” said Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport. “This will put us on par with the world’s leading airports as many of our international passengers are used to access to the world’s great cities via rail. This easy connection to the city center and region will elevate the Denver metro travel experience.”