61st & Peña station

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61st & Peña
RTD commuter rail station
61st & Peña station (Denver RTD).JPG
The platforms, looking north.
Location 6045 N. Richfield Street
Denver, Colorado
Coordinates 39°46′24.9″N 104°47′02.6″W / 39.773583°N 104.784056°W / 39.773583; -104.784056Coordinates: 39°46′24.9″N 104°47′02.6″W / 39.773583°N 104.784056°W / 39.773583; -104.784056
Owned by Regional Transportation District
Line(s)
  A Line
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking 800 parking spaces
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22)
Services
Preceding station   RTD   Following station
A Line
Terminus

61st & Peña is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station on the A Line in Denver, Colorado. The station, accessible from Tower Road is located along Peña Boulevard, the sixth eastbound station from Union Station in Downtown Denver and first westbound from Denver Airport. It is about twenty-eight minutes from Union Station and nine minutes from Denver Airport. 61st Avenue provides access from Tower Road to the station.

61st & Peña station has a Denver International Airport owned[1] 800-stall private park-and-ride lot not managed by RTD; it is not served by TheRide bus routes, unlike other A Line stations.[2]

The station, originally named "Peña Boulevard Station", was not originally in the public-private partnership construction and funding plans for the A Line. The station was a late addition to the A line project.[3] [4]

The area surrounding the station will be developed into a mixed-use, transit-oriented development called “Peña Station,”[5] with offices and housing, part of a proposed airport city surrounding Denver International Airport.[6][7] Nearby developments are planned to include up to 2,500 residential units, 1,500 hotel rooms, 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) of retail space, and 1 to 1.5 million square feet (93,000 to 139,000 m2) of offices.[8]

61st & Peña station opened on April 22, 2016, along with the rest of the A Line.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commuter Rail: Denver International Airport". Flydenver.com. FlyDenver.com. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "University of Colorado A Line Stations & Parking". RTD. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "New train station part of East Rail". rtd-fastracks.com. Regional Transportation District. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "61st & Peña Station Area Plan", City and County of Denver, 13 Jan 2014
  5. ^ "RTD Will Add New Rail Station to East Rail Line to Serve Key Development". ENR. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Proctor, Cathy (July 16, 2015). "RTD train station near DIA a go, officials say". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ Svaldi, Aldo; Keeney, Laura (December 18, 2014). "Panasonic Enterprise Solutions a "first win" for Denver aerotropolis". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ Rusch, Emilie (April 24, 2016). "Transit-oriented development chugging down the A-train tracks". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ Whaley, Monte; Aguilar, John (April 22, 2016). "A-train to Denver airport opens to public, hundreds wait to ride". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.