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Denver airport seeking ideas for different way to get between concourses

When the train broke this summer, they had to bus people between concourses. Now, the airport is looking for a new way to move passengers.

DENVER — Terminals B and C at Denver International Airport (DIA) are accessible by train. On Aug. 20, when the train went down for hours after a blown tire, DIA had to put together a plan to bus people to the B and C concourses. 

Now, they're taking suggestions for a new way to move people around the airport.

Thursday, the airport released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking alternative methods for passengers to move between the terminal and the concourses. 

DIA said the train is operational 99.83% of the time, but they are looking for ways to build redundancy and give passengers options. 

“This is the first step in what will be a very thorough process to analyze solutions including the cost-benefit of each solution,” airport CEO Phil Washington said in a release. “We know there are some obvious solutions, but many of those aren’t cost effective, and that is why we are looking to our industry partners for innovative and creative solutions. Ultimately, we want to prepare DEN for the future while providing an improved journey through the airport for our passengers.”

DIA said when the airport opened in 1995, it was designed to serve 50 million passengers. In 2019, the airport served 69 million passengers. 

RFI proposals are due on Jan. 11. After that, the airport will review the proposals and determine the next steps, which they said may include exploring individual concepts in more detail. They said the RFI will not necessarily lead to a contract, but will guide the airport's next steps. 

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