East Rail Line Update – January 2014: Part 3

This is the third and final installment of my January 2014 update of construction activities along RTD’s East Rail Line connecting Denver International Airport with Denver Union Station. See Part 1 and Part 2 using these links.

In the final approach towards Denver Union Station, we can see some of the most recognizable progress in the area. Similar to Central Park, here at the 38th & Blake station we can see the beginning of the station platform and the pedestrian crossing (below) as well as railroad ties and OCS upright poles in place.


Just northeast of the station, we can see the much-improved East 40th Avenue that now includes sidewalks, improved drainage, curbs and in-place railroad ties north of the street. Below are two photos taken near the recently reopened 40th Avenue and Franklin Street intersection.


The final stretch of rail between 38th & Blake and Denver Union Station is also starting to take shape with ties in place between 38th Avenue and 20th Street.


2014 should be a busy year for the East Rail Line. With most of the freight rail relocation work complete, the focus will be the development of the East Rail Line stations and the tracks between them.

By | 2016-12-27T21:07:04+00:00 January 27, 2014|Categories: Infrastructure, Sustainability, Transit, Transportation|Tags: |3 Comments


  1. Dave January 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Excellent updates! Thank you for your efforts.

  2. Jim Nash January 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Great pictures and reporting Robert! The East Line opens a whole new linkage in Denver development to the airport. What the Valley Highway and I-25 are to the Front Range, the East Line ride downtown brings the world to the Mile High City. Robust mountains and sky. An awesome train ride, coming soon…

  3. Nathanael January 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Nice. And comprehensible.

    I’m now waiting to see the connection go up between the East Rail Line and Union Station. The right-of-way is sitting there, marked out and cleared…. it looks like it just needs track, poles, and wire…

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