All aboard — Union Station has grand opening Friday

DENVER — Friday is the grand opening of Denver’s Union Station. Friday’s festivities will highlight a 22-gate underground bus concourse, which opens for service Sunday.

The new concourse is part of the Union Station Transit Center, which includes light rail, Amtrak and new commuter lines, which open in 2016.

Friday will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and street fair that is open to the public.

Friday’s festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a public-private partnership panel as participants and feature Mayor Michael Hancock, former Mayor and former Transportation Secretary Federico Pena and RTD officials.

At noon will be the ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the Wewatta Pavilion at 17th and Wewatta streets. Both senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, will be on hand, as will Gov. John Hickenlooper, Hancock and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

There will be a street party and bus concourse tours that will include looks at the new Free MetroRide bus from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. There will be booths, games, food trucks, live music and a beer garden.