Denver Is Taking the “A” Train

Meeting professionals taking groups to Denver this summer have one less item to plan for: transportation to and from the airport. Denver’s Regional Transportation District officially launched the long-anticipated University of Colorado A Line in April, connecting Denver International Airport to downtown. The ride costs $9 and travels at a speed of 79 mph, making the ride from the airport to Union Station (and more than 10,000 hotel rooms in downtown Denver) a smooth 37 minutes. Propelled by overhead electric power, the train is Colorado’s first commuter rail line. “World-class meeting and convention destinations offer world-class public transportation for their attendees… [and] this addition really helps to bring our city to the next level,” says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver. The RTD has a little time to work out any kinks before major groups like NAFSA: Association of International Educators (convening in the Mile-High City May 29-June 3), American Crystallographic Association (July 22-26) and American Psychological Association (Aug. 4-7) come to town this summer. Denver joins other U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Minneapolis, Oakland, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., in having a direct rail link from airport to downtown.