Kendra Wiig of Examiner.com reports on the pending development of Denver’s Union Station. It is a grand and memorable building and is, today, tragically underused. The Colorado Rail Passenger Association says current plans fail to live up to previous public promises and lack essential connectivity.
Whether or not a reconstituted Pioneer is split at Denver, this is a story of national importance. Some parts of the plan, including expensive underground facilities, seem strangely inappropriate.
The Association cites the plans for underground bus bays as a short-sighted and costly development that will not allow for future transportation options or expansion, something that would be more feasible with an above-ground structure. In addition, the organization is concerned that the resources needed to power and maintain the underground station combined with its low-lying flood-prone location will make it unsustainable in the long term.