Denver Transportation Resources
Getting around Metro Denver - An overview
Photo Courtesy of Metro Denver EDC
There’s no doubt that a city that’s easy to get around in will be one that visitors for both business and pleasure will come back to often – and Denver fits the bill. Its central U.S. location has turned the city into a hub for business, distribution of goods and services, travel and leisure.
Consider that, in 2010, the city hosted 75 conventions in the Colorado Convention Center, plus 423 other meetings, resulting in an economic impact for the city of $653 million. A network of transportation options and roadways offer metro Denver residents and visitors alike an easy commute, and convenient access to area businesses, shopping, entertainment, recreational activities and services.
Boulder Municipal Airport3300 Airport Road Boulder, 80301 303-404-3108 www3.ci.boulder.co.us/airport
Located three miles northeast of Boulder’s central business district, Boulder Municipal Airport serves the city’s general aviation needs. No commercial aircraft operates at the airport; offers business-related and recreational flying, mail and newspaper transport, flight training, and support services for medical, law enforcement, and fire and rescue.
7800 S. Peoria St. Englewood, 80112 303-790-0598 www.centennialairport.com
Centennial Airport serves as a major local reliever airport for Denver International Airport, which means it accepts smaller, private aircraft. A major hub for corporate aircraft, Centennial offers charter, air ambulance, check transport, and air cargo services.
Denver International Airport (DIA)
8500 Peña Blvd. Denver, 80249 303-342-2000 www.flydenver.com
With the capacity to serve 50 million passengers per year, the Denver International Airport (DIA) is the city’s primary link to destinations across the globe. It is the fifth busiest airport in the country, the 10th busiest in the world, and one of the largest – encompassing 53 square miles with six runways and 89 gates. Sixteen commercial airlines currently offer nonstop daily service to more than 140 domestic and international destinations.
Front Range Airport
5200 Front Range Pkwy. Watkins, 80137 303-261-9103 www.ftg-airport.com
Adams County’s Front Range Airport lies six miles southeast of Denver International Airport and has three runways for general aviation aircraft and a railway track operated by Union Pacific. The airport’s 190-foot air traffic control tower is the nation’s tallest general aviation control tower.
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
11755 Airport Way Broomfield, 80021 303-271-4850 http://co.jefferson.co.us/airport
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is situated between Boulder and Denver and offers services for charter and private planes. Owned and operated by Jefferson County, this airport provides 24-hour customs service and employs approximately 300 people.
eGo CarShare1536 Wynkoop St, Ste 101 Denver, CO 80202 1920 13th St, Ste C Boulder, CO 80302 www.carshare.org
eGo CarShare is the Denver area’s only nonprofit carshare. With over 50 convenient locations they offer the largest round-trip carshare program in the region. Gas, insurance and parking are included in the hourly rates. eGo offers a variety of vehicles including hatchbacks, Priuses, AWDs, minivans, and trucks. Experience the flexibility and cost savings of pay-as-you-drive car usage.
Greyhound Bus Lines1055 19th St. Denver, 80202 303-293-6555 www.greyhound.com
Just a few blocks from the Regional Transportation District’s Market Street Station, the terminal for Greyhound and other private bus lines is located at 20th and Curtis streets.
4929 Ironton St. Denver, 80239 303-370-1300 www.supershuttledenver.com
SuperShuttle Denver provides residential and office pick-up and drop-off service to and from the Denver International Airport.
Regional Transportation District (RTD)1600 Blake St. Denver, 80202 303-299-6000 www.rtd-denver.com
Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides transit service throughout metro Denver, including 140 bus routes that service 10,000 stops; 35 miles of light rail service (see sidebar on T-REX Project); and nearly 80 Park-n-Ride locations. Other services include the skyRide shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport, and special services for children, seniors, disabled persons, business commuters, and recreational purposes.
Find taxi services at Denver International Airport, as well as at locations throughout the city. Generally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the largest taxi service companies in the area include:
Metro Taxi Denver303-333-3333 www.metrotaxidenver.com
Yellow Cab of Denver
Freedom Cabs – Denver & Boulder
Amtrak – Union Station*1800 21st Street Denver, 80202 800-872-7245 www.amtrak.com
Amtrak offers daily departures from Denver with connections in Chicago, Omaha, Salt Lake City and Emeryville/San Francisco. *The station’s permanent home by spring 2014 will be at Union Station, when construction there is completed.
Denver Union Station
1701 Wynkoop St. Denver, 80202 303-534-6333 www.denverunionstation.org
Denver Union Station is a vital link in getting people to where they want to go in metro Denver. Currently under redevelopment, the historic station will eventually serve as a 24-hour hub for commuter and light rails (including Amtrak and the East, Gold, North Metro, and Northwest commuter rail lines), buses, taxis, shuttles, vans, limos, bicycles and pedestrians.
Metro Denver is continually working to develop and expand its transportation system, including the construction of the area’s first beltway and toll road system; the T-REX project in 2006 (see sidebar); and the FasTracks program – a multi-billion dollar comprehensive transit expansion plan to build 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, 21,000 new parking spaces at light rail and bus stations, and enhanced bus service for easier bus/rail connections across an eight-county district. The following is an overview of the city’s major highways and byways.
Metro Denver provides an efficient network of streets, freeways and highways.
• In addition, I-225 serves the southeast quadrant of metro Denver.
• U.S. 285 and U.S. 6 connect the western foothills and metro Denver.
• U.S. 36, also known as the Boulder Turnpike, provides quick northwest access between downtown Denver and Boulder.
• Metro Denver is at the crossroads of three major interstates—I-25 is the north-south route, while both I-70 and I-76 provide east-west access.
About three-quarters of the beltway around metro Denver has been completed, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) study is currently underway to look at options for completing the last beltway portion in northwestern Jefferson County. As of March 2011, the beltway includes:
• C-470 (26 miles) extends from I-25 in the southern metro area to I-70 near Golden. The C-470 Corridor has emerged as one of metro Denver’s major economic corridors, providing a vital connection between the mountains and the southern suburbs and Front Range.
• E-470 (toll road, 47 miles) runs along the eastern perimeter of the metro area and extends from C-470 at I-25 (south of Denver), runs east and then north through Aurora, passes along the western edge of the Denver International Airport, and turns west, terminating at I-25 on the north end of the metro area.
• Northwest Parkway (toll road, 11 miles) connects with E-470 and I-25 at 157th Avenue in metro Denver.