RTD Civic Center Station to reopen Dec. 17 after $31 million renovation

Civic Center Station is set to reopen for full-service Sunday, Dec. 17.
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Civic Center Station under construction, Oct. 30. 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The newly renovated Civic Center Station will serve 18 bus routes -- including the Free MallRide and Free MetroRide — after the highly-trafficked transit hub reopens in downtown Denver later this month.

The station closed during summer 2016 so the Regional Transportation District could undertake a $31 million renovation of the center, leaving a building that's easier to maintain and repair, nine bus bays and a more open and welcoming design. Civic Center Station is set to reopen for full-service Sunday, Dec. 17.

A public grand opening celebration event is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

“The new Civic Center Station is a modern, streamlined transit hub that fits seamlessly into the evolution of downtown Denver and better reflects RTD’s commitment to the region,” said Dave Genova, RTD general manager and CEO.

“It’s a thrill and an honor to see this project through to completion, and I’m proud of the work that RTD and our partners have done to bring this resource to the public,” Genova said in a statement.

Civic Center Station is one of RTD’s busiest transit hubs and served an average of 15,000 passengers daily before closing in 2016, according to the transportation agency.

What the finished product is expected to look like. (RTD)

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