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Travel Information

Air Travel

Denver International Airport (DIA) is one of the largest airports in the world and is served by most major airlines. DIA is located 24 miles northeast of downtown Denver.

The following airlines have been contracted to provide convention rates to/from Denver for the GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. You can save up to 15% on published airfares by booking through the group reservation desks at the numbers listed below. (Airport code-DEN)

Frontier Airlines For Web site only, use Ticket Designator #G878.
1-800-908-9069 For phone calls only, use Shell Number MC0878.
Frontier Airlines is offering a 10% discount on all round-trip tickets purchased for the GSA Annual Meeting. Discount is applicable for travel from Oct. 31, 2004, through Nov. 14, 2004, only. Go to, fill in your dates of travel, and enter the code G878 in the "ticket designator" box. If you would prefer to book with one of Frontier's reservations agents, or if you experience difficulty in making your online reservation, call 1-800-908-9069 and give the reservations agent the code MC0878.

United Airlines
1-800-521-4041 Meeting ID #: 530GJ
United is offering a 10% discount off the unrestricted, fully refundable coach fare or 5% discount off the lowest applicable fares, including first class, to all attendees of the GSA Annual Meeting. An additional 5% discount will apply when tickets are purchased at least 30 days in advance of the attendee's travel. This special offer applies to travel on domestic segments of all United Airlines and United Express flights. United's convenient schedule and discounted fares are available through United's Meeting Desk or your travel agent. Call 1-800-521-4041 and reference Meeting ID number 530GJ. Dedicated reservationists are on duty seven days a week, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. EST.

Transportation Options to/from Denver International Airport

DIA Ground Transportation Information counters are located on the fifth level of the main terminal, near the baggage claim area. Airport car rental desks and commercial shuttle desks are also on the fifth level. Taxis can be found outside of baggage claim near the sidewalks. For more information, contact DIA's Ground Transportation Information Center at (303) 342-4059 or by e-mail at

Car Class Daily Weekly
Economy (Metro) $23 $126
Compact (Neon, Escort, or similar) $25 $136
Intermediate (Corolla, Cavalier or similar) $27 $148
Standard (Grand Am, Malibu or similar) $29 $159
Fullsize (Taurus, Century or similar) $31 $170
Premium (Impala, Park Avenue or similar) $41 $225
Luxury (Cadillac, Aurora or similar) $45 $247
Minivan (Windstar, Venture or similar) $49 $294
Small 4x4 (Blazer, Explorer or similar) $49 $294
Large 4x4 (Expedition, Durango or similar) $70 $385

Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the official car rental agency for the GSA Denver meeting. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will provide convention rates from $23/day to $385/weekly. Attendees can call or book online. To receive Enterprise Rent-A-Car's special group rate, call (800) 593-0505 or go to and request special account number 12DDB35 in the Optional Account Box. Our event name is GEO. All renters must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid drivers license and credit card in their possession when they plan to pick up their rental vehicle.

Shuttle Service

SuperShuttle: (303) 370-1300 (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826), (800) 525-3177, or online at

Coupon for Special GSA Rate

(coupon also in October GSA Today)

Shuttles operate daily from 4:30 a.m. until midnight, serving all downtown hotels to/from DIA for $18 each way or $28 round-trip. Travel time is 45 minutes to one hour depending on hotels and number of stops. To arrange passage, stop at the SuperShuttle counter on Level 5 at the airport, or order service from a hotel doorman. Shuttles will stop at the Convention Center with advance reservation (2 hour minimum notice).


East Terminal, exit door 507, West Terminal, exit door 510
Rates: DIA to downtown: flat rate of $43.00 + $2.50 gate fee

  • Freedom Cab: (303) 292-8900 - up to 4 people
  • Metro Taxi: (303) 333-3333 - up to 5 people
  • Yellow Cab: (303) 777-7777 - up to 5 people

Wheelchair-Accessible Buses, Shuttles, Taxis, or Vans

All of RTD's SkyRide buses are wheelchair accessible. Super­Shuttle, Yellow Taxi, and Metro Taxi have accessible vehicles and can provide assistance for limited numbers with prior notice and reservation. The following companies will pick-up with prior notice at DIA and provide specialized transportation:

  • Mobility Transportation and Service Inc.: (303) 295-3900
  • Mobile Access: (303) 274-9895
  • Wheelchair Getaways: (303) 674-1498 (Rental vans - $89.00 per day)

GSA is committed to making the Annual Meeting accessible to all people interested in attending. If you need auxiliary aids or services because of a disability, check the appropriate box on the registration form. If you have suggestions or need further information, contact Kevin Ricker, (303) 357-1090. Please let us know your needs by October 8.

Public Bus Transportation Services

Regional Transportation District (RTD), (303) 299-6000, (wheelchair accessible) buses are available outside Level 5, door 511, on the East Terminal. Route information is available at the RTD booth on Level 5. Downtown Denver is serviced by Route AF.

Route AF/Downtown Service: Buses leave DIA for downtown Denver at 50 minutes past the hour from 6:50 a.m. to 12:50 a.m. The route takes approximately 50 minutes and is $8 each way or $13 round-trip. Exact fare is required when boarding the bus. Round trip tickets must be purchased in advance at the RTD sales office on Level 5. Stops are made at Stapleton, the Downing Street Light Rail Station, the Denver Bus Center, and Market Street Station, which is two blocks from Union Station.

Buses leave from the downtown Market Street Station to DIA at 30 minutes past the hour from 5:28 a.m. until 10:28 a.m. for the same fare.

For complete RTD route information call (303) 299-6000 or visit them at

Transportation Options in Denver

GSA will NOT be providing shuttle service from the hotels to the Convention Center this year, but Denver does have the following inexpensive — or free — options for getting around downtown. Alternative arrangements to/from the GSA hotels and the Colorado Convention Center will be provided by GSA for the elderly or disabled. For more information, contact Tammy White, (303) 357-1041.

Light Rail

Denver's Light Rail runs from some downtown Denver hotels to the Colorado Convention Center, the suburbs, Invesco Field at Mile High, the Pepsi Center, and much more. Catch the "C Line" to LoDo or the "D Line" to the heart of Downtown Denver. You must have a validated ticket before you board the Light Rail. To purchase a ticket, use the stainless-steel ticket vending machines (TVMs) located at each station. For more information, call (303) 628-9000 or visit them at

16th Street Pedestrian Mall Shuttle Bus

The 16th Street Mall is located between Market and Broadway Streets in the heart of downtown Denver, just two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. This mall is a 14-block-long pedestrian promenade lined with shops, restaurants and cafes, trees, street performers, and cart vendors. The 2,000 chairs and benches set along the mall near fountains and flowers make it the perfect place to sit and watch Denver walk by. Traffic is banned from this street except for the shuttle buses. The 16th Street Mall Shuttle is a free service that runs in a continuous loop up and down the mall. The buses run every 1-2 minutes from 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m., then every half-hour until 12:55 a.m.



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