In 1940, Billy Strayhorn wrote a song called “Take the A Train” for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. To anyone who has heard it, the beginning chords alone are instantly recognizable. The A Train that Strayhorn was writing about was a subway train to Harlem. Now folks in Denver can take their own A Train, not to Harlem, but to Denver International Airport.
Only in America would a city build an airport over 20 miles from downtown and not build a train line to it, but it has been done all over this country. Finally, over 20 years after it opened, the Denver RTD has completed the train line from the beautifully remodeled Union Station to DIA. The train will make the trip on only $37 minutes, and cost only $9, which makes it a bargain compared to any other form of transportation to downtown. Trains will run every 15 minutes from minutes from 5AM to 7PM, and every 1/2 hour at less prime times. First train leaves at 3:15AM, and the last leaves at 12:30AM. The train starts running on Friday, April 22. This is the kind of airport transportation that a great city like Denver deserves. If it had free wifi it would be perfect!
Unfortunately, the Duke Ellington Orchestra won’t be serenading you on your trip, so we added a link to a video of a performance by The Duke below. The Banjo Billy Bus won’t give you a ride to the airport, but it will give you the best tour of Denver or Boulder you’ll ever have! We hope to see you soon.