Disorientation Station

Union Station’s current layout initially confusing.

RTD-logoI have been watching the remodeling of Denver’s Union Station into an intermodal transit hub, fancy food court and upmarket hotel, and I am very excited for its projected completion just a couple of months from now. Amtrak returned in late February, after being exiled to a cinderblock cube a few blocks away Part of the project involves replacing RTD’s troglodyte Market Street Station with a bright new bus station, also underground but featuring natural light and easy connections to Denver buses.

This afternoon, I had my maiden voyage via RTD‘s BMX bus to the new station, which opened just a few days ago. Signage is still unclear, so my first attempt ended in an unrecognizable area with plenty of vacant to build on.

Where am I?
Where am I? Union Station’s characteristic arched windows are over there. I know I’m somewhere behind the landmark terminal.
Hard to tell which way to go with all that chainlink fence.
Hard to tell which way to go with all that chainlink fence.

I went back downstairs and exited at the other end of the concourse. I followed “To Wynkoop Street” signs, winding through back corridors, a temporary Amtrak waiting area and construction fencing before emerging in familiar territory.

Union Station's familiar Wykoop Street side.
Union Station’s familiar Wynkoop Street side.

I know this will sort itself out in couple of months, and in the meantime, I know which end of the new bus station is up — that is, which end has the 16th Street Mall shuttle stop.