TONIGHT: DEN Trains to the Concourses to Undergo Scheduled Overnight Shutdown. Bridge Security will be the 24-hour Checkpoint starting at 8 p.m.
DEN trains to the concourses will be shut down overnight for six hours for scheduled testing of the train’s electrical power system. Employees and passengers will need use Bridge Security, which will be the 24-hour checkpoint starting at 8 p.m. Starting at 9:15 p.m., those who need to reach the B and C concourses will be guided via signage and/or airport personnel to a bus that will take them to the concourses. These changes will be in effect from 9:15 p.m. Feb. 20, to 3 a.m., Feb. 21. It is recommended that passengers who need to get to the B and C Concourses during these hours should arrive to security at least 30 minutes earlier than they would have otherwise to ensure they have enough time to move through the airport.Follow DEN on Twitter Follow DEN on Instagram
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DENVER – Dec. 19, 2023 –Denver International Airport (DEN) today announced the arrival of the first new train car from manufacturer Alstom as DEN begins upgrading its train that carries passengers between the Terminal and Concourses A, B and C. A total of 26 train cars are expected to arrive in Denver throughout 2024, with the first vehicles carrying passengers by the summer travel rush.
“Passenger traffic at DEN is expected to reach more than 78 million by the end of this year alone, and 100 million annual passengers are expected within the next three to five years. We are preparing for the future in a variety of ways, including renovating the Great Hall, adding gates to concourses, and adding capacity to the train to the gates,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington. “New train cars will increase the number of passengers that can be moved to the gates by approximately 850 per hour. They will reduce the time between arriving trains and allow us to run a more effective operating schedule. These efficiencies are going to be felt by passengers and make for a more seamless experience at DEN.”
In addition to increasing capacity, these new Alstom train cars are also more energy efficient. The lightweight aluminum car bodies are assembled using recyclable materials and a more efficient use of power supply provides a greater than 30 percent improvement in energy consumption. This is the first vehicle of its type delivered in North America.
There are currently 31 train cars in DEN’s fleet; sixteen of those are 29 years old and have exceeded their useful life with more than 1.4 million miles. The new cars that will be operational by summer 2024, including the first one that arrived today, and are part of a plan to replace those 16 oldest cars. DEN is expanding the train fleet to 41 vehicles during 2024, with additional expansion under consideration. This will help ensure the airport can accommodate current and future passenger volume while maintaining these critical assets.
DEN currently operates a dynamic schedule based on passenger volume and can operate a maximum of seven, four-car trains during peak times. With the additional cars, the airport will be able to operate up to eight four-car trains, providing increased capacity. DEN is also evaluating the expansion of train car configurations, delivering more capacity and passenger convenience as the facility nears 100 million annual passengers.
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