802.16 Session #27 Travel, Transportation, and Visitor Orientation

Session #27 of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access will take place 8-11 September 2003 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado, USA. The hotel is 24 miles from Denver International Airport. It's a quick ride (~30 minutes) because you won't hit a stoplight or stop sign until you get downtown. You will like downtown Denver.

Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street, Denver, CO, 80202, USA (see map)
International Toll-Free Reservations: +1-800-228-9290
Hotel Direct: +1-303-297-1300 Fax: +1-303-298-7474

Air Travel
Denver International Airport is one of the world's largest and most advanced airports. The official airport code name is DEN, though locals refer to it as "DIA".

Airport to Hotel Transportation Options
Auto rental is rather expensive at DIA, and parking at the hotel is $23 a day. A better choice is to get downtown by bus, shuttle, or taxi. You can easily get around town without a car, thanks to the free 16th Street Shuttle (Mall Ride). See more details below.

16th Street Shuttle and Downtown Visitor Highlights
The local public bus system, RTD, offers a free shuttle bus running the length of the Sixteenth Street pedestrian mall. The 16th Street Shuttle (the bus is labeled "Mall Ride") runs every two minutes at peak hours and continues until 1:30 am. It runs a block from the Marriott and can take you to Union Station in the heart of LoDo. That's "Lower Downtown" and is the liviest part of town at night or after a Rockies game.

You can also walk or ride the shuttle a couple of blocks east to the Denver Pavilions, a shopping mall with theatres and restaurants, or to Civic Center Station to see the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum, Denver City and County Building, and Colorado State Capitol.

Public Bus from Denver International Airport
The public RTD skyRide bus is a recommended option. They stow your luggage underneath and charge you $8. It runs every 30 minutes most of the day and takes about an hour. Catch it on Level 5 (baggage claim level) at Island 5, on either side of the terminal (see the RTD booth for help; hint: go to the east side, where pickup is five minutes later). There are several skyRide lines. You must take the AF bus to Market Street Station in downtown Denver. Take the escaltors up the south side of the station and hop on the free Mall Ride shuttle to California Street. The hotel is one block north on California. See the Mall Ride route map.

Shuttle from Denver International Airport
SuperShuttle is providing a group discount rate of $30 round trip per person (I believe the regular price is $18 each way/$32 round trip). To buy a ticket, look for the SuperShuttle booth in the "ground transportation" area of the terminal as you exit the train from the concourses at Level 5. You need to mention the group name "IEEE". The counter is open from 7 AM until midnight. You do not need advance reservations to get to the hotel, but you should have them for your return.

Taxi from Denver International Airport
Taxis are plentiful. The fare is about $50.

Driving from Denver International Airport
If you fly into Denver International Airport, exit via Pena Blvd. Take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 25 South. Exit at 20th Street. Turn left onto 20th Street into downtown. Turn right on Arapahoe Street, then left on 19th St. Go four blocks to California St and turn right. The hotel entrance is the first right after 18th Street. See the map.

Driving from Colorado Springs Airport
If you fly into Colorado Springs Airport, take I-25 North about 70 miles to Exit 210C. Continue on Auraria Parkway which turns into Market St. Turn Right on 14th St; Left on Lawrence St; Right 19th St; Right on California St.

Local Happenings
The Colorado Technology Summit 2003, hosted by the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology, takes place in Denver on 12 September, the day after Session #27. The venue is the Colorado Convention Center, just three blocks from the session venue. Advance registration is available on-line.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors holds its 23rd Annual Conference on 10-13 September about four blocks from the session venue.

The Colorado Rockies play baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:05 pm on Sunday 7 September at Coors Field in downtown Denver.

Local Information

The session host is Roger Marks. Let him know if you have any questions.

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