A year of Denver’s train to the plane, by the numbers

On Friday, you can grab donuts, coffee and swag at early-morning celebrations. But before that, we can look at what Denver’s train to the plane has done so far.
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The A Line by DIA. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The A Line will turn 1 year old this Saturday, and RTD is celebrating.

On Friday, you can grab donuts, coffee and swag from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Union Station or Peoria Station. From 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., goodies will be available at the DIA station of the A Line.

Or you can start your own celebration early with these figures that RTD provided about the A Line.


That's the number of daily round trips between Denver Union Station and Denver Airport Station.

87.1 percent

In 2016, the University of Colorado A Line was on time 87.1 percent of the time. That's below RTD's own performance standard of 90 percent.

90.4 percent

So far this year, the A Line has been 90.4 percent on time. In the first two weeks of April, on time performance has been 94.4 percent and RTD General Manager Dave Genova was happy about that in the last board meeting.

5 million

There have been approximately five million A Line passengers in the first year the line's operation.

98 percent

That's the share of A Line trips that arrived at the Denver Airport Station within 15 minutes of expected arrival time. Personally, I try to give myself about five to ten minutes of wiggle room when I'm going anywhere, but having at least 15 minutes extra minutes for air travel seems about right to me.

20,500 passengers

May 13 was 2016's busiest day for the A Line, with 20,500 passengers taking the train to the Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets. That's roughly 20 percent above the daily average.

If that's not enough A Line numbers for you, you can always read our coverage of A Line ridership numbers.

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