RTD’s long-awaited ‘train to the plane’ begins running

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DENVER -- It has been a long time coming, but the commuter rail service between Union Station and Denver International Airport is now running.

Known as the train to the plane, travelers can ride the train on the A-Line for free on Friday and Saturday.

There are eight stations along the line and it takes 37 minutes to go from the airport to Union Station.

Details on the "Train to the Plane"
Service times and map

Stations and parking

It's the first commuter rail line in Colorado and cost $1.2 billion. It has been in the planning stages for three decades since the first idea rose to move Denver's airport from the former Stapleton location to the outskirts of the city.

RELATED: Guide to riding the plane to the train

The A line's maiden voyage rolled out of Union Station at 5 a.m. and was limited to members of the media.

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the RTD board and the city and county of Denver just after 8 a.m. at Union Station before the train departed with dignitaries, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city of Aurora was held at the East 40th Avenue and Airport Boulevard station just before 9 a.m. before the train left for the airport. A final ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the airport at 9:30 a.m.

A grand opening ceremony was held starting at 10 a.m. before the service formally launched at noon.

RTD and airport officials were expecting about 4,000 attendees to attend the ceremonies, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Several people were lining up at Union Station for the opportunity to be one of the first to ride the train.

Regular service and fares begin Sunday with tickets costing $9 each way.

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