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Denver RTD gears up for construction on Southeast Rail Extension

Construction on Denver Regional Transportation District‘s (RTD) $233 million Southeast Rail Extension project will begin May 10, the agency announced earlier this week.

After receiving a $92 million award from the Federal Transit Administration, RTD gave Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. a notice to proceed with building the project. The remaining costs will be covered by local funding sources, RTD officials said in a press release.

The project calls for extending the agency’s light-rail system 2.3 miles south from its existing terminus at Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County, Colo., along with purchasing eight rail vehicles. Slated to open in 2019, the extension will include three new stations and 1,300 parking spaces.

“This project wouldn’t be happening without the support from the local jurisdictions, as well as our federal partner,” said RTD Chair Tom Tobiassen. “It is because of our strong partnerships that we continue to expand public transportation throughout the Denver metro area and create a city that is ready for the future.”

Map of Denver RTD’s Southeast Rail Extension project
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Source: Denver RTD

Denver RTD opens ‘A Line’ commuter-rail route to airport

The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) on Friday opened the 23-mile University of Colorado A Line commuter-rail route, which marks one of the first transit projects built by a public-private partnership in the United States.

The $1.2 billion line, which runs from downtown Denver to Denver International Airport, is part of the $7 billion FasTracks expansion plan that calls for building 122 miles of new rail routes, among several other transit improvements.

Photo: Regional Transportation District of Denver

Trains will make the journey from Union Station to the airport in 37 minutes, or about half the time of driving, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) officials said in a press release.

The A Line is also part of the $2 billion Eagle Public-Private Partnership (P3) project, which includes the under-construction Gold Line commuter-rail project, a commuter-rail maintenance facility and electric multiple-unit vehicles. The FTA is contributing $1 billion through its capital investment grant program toward that project, while the U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $62 million in other funds.

The remaining costs are covered by state and local sources, including a private contribution.

Under the P3 arrangement, a private team known as Denver Transit Partners agreed to fund a share of the project, assuming much of the risks and allowing RTD to minimize public costs for construction. The team includes Balfour Beatty Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Systra, Wabtec Corp. and others.

Denver Station Restoration Leads Way To Rail Revival

If you arrive at the city’s historic and marvelously restored Union Station, you may not want to leave it.

The station reopened in July 2014 after a 2 1/2 -year closure for renovation and repurposing, a century after it debuted in its current configuration. (The original dates to1881.)

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Denver airport to get commuter-rail stop in April 2016

The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) will provide commuter-rail service from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport starting April 22, 2016, the transit agency announced yesterday.

The agency made the announcement after receiving an official notice from Denver Transit Partners, the concessionaire in the public-private partnership that’s building what will be called the University of Colorado A Line, according to an RTD press release.

The line is 23 miles of new electric commuter-rail service, which is part of the Eagle P3 project, the nation’s first public-private partnership for transit. The $2.2 billion project is being funded with local RTD taxes, a $1.03 billion federal grant and $450 million from Denver Transit Partners.

“The opening of the University of Colorado A Line is a historic milestone towards the completion of RTD’s FasTracks program and continues our success rate of opening major infrastructure projects,” said Dave Genova, RTD’s interim general manager and chief executive officer. “We continue to transform the region and the University of Colorado A Line will connect the Denver metro area to the world.”

The University of Colorado A Line got its name as a result of the first sponsorship through RTD’s naming rights program.

Trains on the new commuter-rail line will travel at a top speed of 79 mph, RTD officials said. The line will serve eight stations, including Denver Union Station and the airport stop, which will be located at the south terminal.


Denver Amtrak Reopens at Union Station


Above This is the canopy covering the Amtrak platforms now open at Denver’s 133 year-old Union Station.  Although most of Union Station is still under construction, and not yet open to passengers, this marks the first major milestone in the reopening of the station. For now Amtrak passengers will still use temporary facilities to wait, buy tickets, and retrieve luggage, according to the DenverUrbanism Blog.

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Amtrak’s California Zephyr has resumed service to platforms at Denver Union Station after a three-year absence and as a nearly $500 million restoration of the historic Denver rail hub continues.